Have you ever wondered about how information and technology have impacted healthcare? What influence does all this have on how a day-to-day clinical role is carried out? This free course, An introduction to data and information in health and social care, will help you to understand the ways computers and technology work with health data to produce information, and how exactly this impacts patient care.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
identify some of the instances in a care setting where a computer is, or is likely to be, involved
describe, in simple terms, the difference between data and information
give a simple definition of why computers are important to people working in health and social care in terms of data and information
explain in simple terms what a computer program is, and why one is necessary
explain the role of the computer with respect to the data given to it and how this can improve health and social care delivery.
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