Healthcare Information Systems (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Carlo Combi
Carlo Combi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I sem. dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 31, 2017.

Lesson timetable

I sem.
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall C from Oct 1, 2016  to Oct 17, 2016
Monday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Office S75P1CV2 from Oct 17, 2016  to Jan 31, 2017
Wednesday 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall C from Oct 1, 2016  to Oct 17, 2016
Wednesday 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM lesson Office S75P1CV2 from Oct 17, 2016  to Jan 31, 2017

Learning outcomes

The effective and efficient use of information systems in health care organizations and services are a vital element of the quality of life world wide. The modeling of time has attracted interest from a number of research communities, each addressing aspects from its specific sphere of interests. The database systems community is interested in how to store, maintain, and query time-oriented data. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) community is interested in formal theories of time, temporal logics, temporal constraints and temporal reasoning techniques. The Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM) community is interested in the broader issues. The course will deal with the main topics related to Medical Information Systems, such as medical databases and decision-support systems, with an emphasis on the management of temporal clinical information.
At the end of the course, students will have a deep knowledge related to the faced topics and will be able to apply such knowledge in clinical and healthcare contexts. They will be also able to suitably interact with different stakeholders, having different scientific and professional background. They will also be able to suitably manage all the scientific, methodological, and technical advances related to healthcare information systems.


The course, with an emphasis on time-related issues, introduces the engineering of information systems for medically-related problems and applications. The course is organized into four parts; fundamentals, temporal reasoning & maintenance in medicine, time in clinical task, and the display of time-oriented clinical information.

1 The role of Time in Medicine

Part I Fundamentals

2 Temporal Modeling and Temporal Reasoning

3 Temporal Databases and Data warehouses

Part II Temporal Reasoning and Maintenance in Medicine

4 Temporal Clinical Databases and Data Warehouse/OLAP systems

Part III Time in Clinical Tasks

5 Automated Support to Clinical Guidelines and Care Plans with business process technology applications

Part IV The Display of Time-Oriented Clinical Information

6 Displaying Time-Oriented Clinical Data and Knowledge

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Thomas Allweyer BPMN 2.0 - Introduction to the Standard for Business Process Modeling (Edizione 2) Herstellung und Verlag 2010 978-3-8391-4985-0
C. Combi, E. Keravnou-Papailiou, Y. Shahar Temporal Information Systems in Medicine (Edizione 1) Springer 2010 978-1-4419-6542-4

Assessment methods and criteria

Students will have an oral Exam at the end of the course, with both question and exercises related to real world clinical and healthcare contexts. During the exam, students will be evaluated both with respect to their awareness about the main topics of the course and to their ability to apply the acquired knowledge in some real-world clinical or healthcare context.