Course details

Introduction to Medical Informatics

BPC-UMI FEKT BPC-UMI Acad. year 2022/2023 Winter semester 5 credits

Current academic year

The course is oriented to the use of information technology in medicine and biology. It is focused on medical data: acquisition, storage and exploitation, systems based on patients‘ computer records, health information systems, decision-making in medicine, standards imn medical informatics, introduction to bioinformatics, fundamentals of genetic information processing.


Language of instruction




Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures
  • 26 hrs pc labs




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

The student will be able to:
- describe basic methods of processing of biomedical data,
- explain fundamental terms of medical informatics,
- describe principle of basic methods for probability decision-making,
- discus advantages and disadvantages of the methods,
- evaluate quality of decision-making methods based on defined requirements.

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to provide the students with the fundamental theoretical knowledge and practical experience in medical informatics. The subject covers the area of processing specific medical data, fundamentals of medical information systems design and computer-aided medical diagnostics.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The student should be able to explain fundamental principles of information technologies, should know basic terms and the use of database systems and should be oriented in basic knowledge of probability. Generally, knowledge on the level of secondary education is required.

Study literature

  • P. Degoulet, B. Phister, M. Fieschi: Introduction to Medical Informatics. Springer-Verlag New York, 1999. ISBN: 0387946411
  • J.H. van Bemmel and M.A. Musen: Handbook of Medical Informatics, Springer-Verlag, 1997. ISBN: 3540633510

Fundamental literature

  • Kalet, I. J. Principles of Biomedical Informatics. Academic Press, 2008. ISBN-10: 0123694388

Syllabus of lectures

Computers in medicine and biology. Medical data: acquisition, storage and exploitation. Systems based on patients‘ computer recods. Data acquisition systems. Hospital information systems. Biostatics. Decision-making in medicine: probability inference. Clinical systems for inference support. Standards in medical informatics. Ethics and healthcare informatics: users, standards. Bioinformatics. Genetic information processing.

Syllabus of computer exercises

Biostatic methods in medicine
Application of expert diagnostic systems
Introduction to operation of the MIS CLINICOM medical diagnostic system
Terminal emulation and MIS CLINICOM modules
Textual data input in MIS CLINICOM
Data representation in MIS CLINICOM
Administration and access rights for MIS CLINICOM
MIS CLINICOM output files

Progress assessment

up to 40 points from computer exercises (2 tests and 1 activity)
up to 60 points from finel written exam
The exam is oriented to verification of orientation in terms of medical informatics and ability to apply basic principles of decision-making in medicine.

Teaching methods and criteria

Techning methods include lectures and computer laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write projects/assignments during the course.

Controlled instruction

Computer exercises are obligatory. Excused absence can be substituted.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
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