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THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMERINO (UNICAM)

TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (TUMS)

ADVANCED QUALIFICATION COURSE IN TELEMEDICINE AND TELEPHARMACY 

 

 

 

Camerino

Centre of Telemedicine and Telepharmacy

School of Medicinal and Health Products Science

 

Tehran

Virtual School
Tehran University of Medical Sciences

 

January 2017

 

1. Introduction

 

Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients' health status. Telemedicine is not a separate medical specialty, but the possibility to transfer medical data via telecommunication systems. This may be incredibly useful for improving the quality of medical care to patients located in remote sites or to guarantee access to specialist care for patients in small or poorly equipped hospitals.

 

In general the main activities of telemedicine include:

 

· Specialist referral services. These activities involve a specialist assisting a general practitioner in rendering a diagnosis. This involved a patient "seeing" a specialist over a live, remote consult or the transmission of diagnostic images and/or video along with patient data to a specialist for viewing later. Recent surveys have shown a rapid increase in the number of specialty and subspecialty areas that have successfully used telemedicine. Among these specialties, radiology represents the area of telemedicine most largely used with thousands of images "read" by remote providers each year. Other major specialty areas are: dermatology, ophthalmology and cardiology. 

 

·  Remote patient monitoring consists in the use of devices to remotely collect and send data to a monitoring station for interpretation. Such "home telehealth" applications might include specific vital signs, such as blood glucose or heart ECG or a variety of indicators for patients.

 

·  Medical education consists in the delivery of continuing medical education for health professionals and special medical education seminars for targeted groups in remote locations.

 

The internet has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by providing unprecedented access to information as well as health products and services on "e-health sites." People worldwide are using the internet to obtain quality health information directly affecting their lives making this form of telemedicine an important new tool for improving healthcare. For such a reason, education of health professionals towards these new areas of medicine represents a crucial aspect.  While the internet is a powerful tool to obtain information about health and medicine and to offer specific health services for both professionals and consumers, it should be considered as only one of many different health resources. 

 

Education in the field of e-health and/or telemedicine of university level is and will become in the future important for the development of medicine and of its applications.   To guarantee the best care of remote patients via telemedicine is important an adequate background in the field of health professionals involved. Unfortunately, university education initiatives both in this area as well as more in general in the field of e-health, telemedicine and other Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications to health problems are sparse.

 

This is the reason of the proposal, to offer to health professionals a specific training in telemedicine, telepharmacy and their practical applications an

 

·  Advanced Qualification Course in Telemedicine and Telepharmacy (lasting 6 months, planned to offer qualification for 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, ECTS)

 

The courses will be delivered to greater extent via e-learning and videoconferencing, e.g. the same communication systems common for telemedicine applications, accompanied by frontal lectures sessions and practical activities. This technology could represent an opportunity to increase the own qualification of attendants irrespective of the working place location. The courses of European level and the qualification of teaching staff in the specific areas of telemedicine, will allow obtaining postgraduate qualifications in an area still poorly developed of medical education.  

 

Digital technology, including mHealth and eHealth, is an inevitable part of the future of healthcare, but to a great extent health professionals are not prepared to this challenge. This course intends to equip health professionals for the digital health future with a specific training on the basic aspects of telemedicine and telepharmacy.

 

2. Course Characteristics  

 

2.1 Learning objectives

Learning objectives of the course will include:

Describe the main types of telemedical applications in current use and identify the primary actors;

·  Promote and introduce telemedicine and e-health services and programs;

·  Identify the conditions for successfully implementing telemedicine and e-health services.

·  Apply telemedicine and e-health services in professional health work;

·  Use telemedicine for second and third opinion teleconsultations;

·  Training in information security, interoperability, analyzing data, design and implementation of tools to measure data, software development, data-driven solutions development, 3D Image processing, project management and communication.

·  Training in project management, communications, computer literacy, information security, and the use of clinical software.

·  Training in in data privacy, in­formation security, ethics, software engineering and database development

2.2 Admission

Candidates can apply to the program without any restriction of age or citizenship. The course is directed to: 

Health professionals including physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and midwives. These professionals should learn skills and aptitude for communication, data analysis, computer literacy, medical devices compatibility, data protection programs, mobile applications, cloud stor­age, surfing internet, and the ability to read, under­stand and forward information using a smart device.

Requirement for admission to the Course is an university level degree in the above areas.

An optimal number of 30/60 students will be admitted. Admission procedures will be notified to applicants in the due time. 

2.3 Course time 

Presumptive starting time July 2017; Ending February 2018.

2.4 Course language

English

2.5 Application deadline

One week before the start of the course, 13th of Tir  

2.6 Single attendant fees

To ask any question about fees, please contact with 02142036001 - 101 or email etums_reg@tums.ac.ir

 

Registration fee cash on fish in the Hejrat branch of Mellat bank with account number 2761900442 and ID code 1110002992 in the name of
'درآمد های غیر درمانی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی تهران'

 

 http://reg.tums.ac.ir

 

 

 

 

3. Course Organization

Teaching methods of the course consist of a combination of e-learning lectures (net-based activities divided in didactic units) and regular and compact lectures, delivered either via videoconferencing or face-to-face in Iran. In the country students should attend physically on campus, drills/exercises and assignments. Various assessment forms can be used. These are detailed in the paragraph 4. Qualification descriptor.

Didactic units are the basis of e-learning activity. Each didactic unit is divided in modules (see syllabus). Modules are the core of the syllabus of the three different courses and correspond to one or groups of lectures per each different topic (module). Each module is articulated into lectures, accompanied by specific texts enlarging and integrating lecture’s contents. These texts are placed in the module’s library. Learning of lecturing materials should be documented by passing the test/examination proposed for each module. It will be not possible to follow the subsequent didactic unit without having passed 2/3 of tests of the previous didactic unit.

Bibliographic materials necessary to complete topics covered in single modules, will be available in the library of each module.  Further bibliographic resources of more general or specific interest for attendants will be included in the Course main library. Materials will be classified per didactic unit. The main library is a documentation facility which will be continuously updated. It will be active also after the end of the Courses. It is intended to provide a source of medical information to physicians and other health personnel working in areas in which access to scientific documentation may be not easy. A forum for discussion of main problems encountered in pharmacological treatments will be available on request.           

Regular lectures will be delivered via videoconferencing or face-to-face in Iran and will be centered on selected topics basically presented also via e-learning. Attendance of at least 2/3 of regular lectures is required for being admitted to the final examination.

Drills/exercises will include practical activities of assistance of patients or of handling particular situations and are designed for improving capabilities of attendants to manage medical emergencies or complex situations may be required in their working places. Drills attendance is compulsory.

3.1 Teaching activity

It is based on the attribution of a numerical score to the single disciplines, according to ECTS (European credit transfer and accumulation system). One ECTS corresponds conventionally to 25 hours, which includes hours of teaching, practical work as well as the hours devoted to study and to the writing of dissertations.

3.1.2 Qualification Course in Telemedicine and Telepharmacy 

Earning of 30 ECTS is required to conclude the 6 months Qualification Course in Telemedicine and Telepharmacy.

Course organization: modular, with 10 modules (2/3 ECTS/each)

Final examination: 1 ECTS

Seven modules will be common for the whole course; 3 modules will be differentiated according the different skills of attendants (Health professionals, Health informatics professionals, Non-clinical and administrative staff, IT professionals working in the healthcare envi­ronment).

 

Teaching articulation and number of hours of study load

Teaching type:

e-Learning: 115 hours

Face-to-face/ videoconference lectures: 69 hours 

Practice: 100 hours. Depending on local availability of resources, practical activities can be performed as a stage in structures delivering telemedicine services

Home study: 410 hours

Exams estimated preparation time and session times (including finals exams) : 50 hours

Total activity time: 750 hours.

 

4. Qualification Descriptors

 

4.1. Evaluation of modules 

 

Marks scale

 

Marks awarded on individual modules are categorized as follows:

 

Letter grade

Synthetic evaluation

Numerical range

A

Excellent

30 cum laude

B

Very Good

From 30 to 27

C

Good

From 27 to 24

D

Satisfactory

From 24 to 21

E

Sufficient

From 21 to 18

F

Fail

From    0 to 17

 

 

Marking descriptors

Evaluation of tests of single didactic modules is made by the teacher of each module. In general terms students’ achievement is categorized as follows:

 

Mark 30 cum laude  (A)

 

Written Exams:

Candidates will have demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the whole range of material selected for the test.  Answers will be clear, well-structured, directly relevant and logical.  There will be a high level of accuracy in the presentation of work or flair and some originality in dealing with interpretative material.

Multiple choice test: 

Candidates will have  provided within 90% exact answers 

Practical activities:

The activity must provide evidence that the candidate’s command of literature is either broad or intense.  The work will contain evidence of good critical analysis.

 

 Marks in the range 30-27 (B)

 

Written Exams:

Candidates must demonstrate a sound understanding of the material and provide evidence of general reading.  Answers will be clear, competently structured, logical and have general relevance. There will be a good level of accuracy in the presentation of work.  The methodology or arguments employed must be largely accurate.  In dealing with interpretative material, candidates must demonstrate a competent level of critical evaluation.

Multiple choice test: 

Candidates will have  provided within 80% exact answers 

Practical activities:

The activity must provide evidence that the candidate’s command of literature is either broad or intense.  The work will contain evidence of reasonable critical analysis and/or an original contribution.

 

Marks in the range 27-24 (C)

 

Written Exams:

Work must be generally accurate and presented in an adequate framework but is likely to be largely based on the  teaching inputs. Arguments must be clear, although they may not be well-developed or reflect a wider appreciation of the subject. Small errors and omissions are likely to be present.

Multiple choice test: 

Candidates will have  provided within 70% exact answers 

Practical activities:

The candidate’s analysis will be basically sound but underdeveloped.

 

Marks in the range 24-21 (D)

 

Written Exams:

Candidates will display adequate but limited understanding and knowledge of the concepts. Answers are likely to be somewhat lacking in structure.  There are likely to be errors and omissions and the evidence provided to support arguments will be very limited.

Multiple choice test: 

Candidates will have  provided within 60% exact answers 

Practical activities:

The candidate will show some understanding of the topic discussed  but the range of analysis will be very limited and its treatment basic and unimaginative.

 

Marks in the range 18-21 (E)

 

Written Exams:

The candidate has narrowly failed to achieve the standards required for a third class mark but this failure may be compensable by better levels of achievement in other components of their studies.

Multiple choice test: 

Candidates will have  provided within 50% exact answers 

Practical activities:

The candidate will show a limit understanding of the topic discussed  and the range of analysis will be poor.

 

Marks below 18 (F)

 

Written Exams:

Candidates will be unable to demonstrate adequate knowledge and understanding of the subject area or to sustain arguments.  Significant errors and omissions will be present in the work.  Work is likely to be unstructured and ill-presented and may not address the question or task set.

Multiple choice test: 

Candidates will have  provided less than 50% exact answers 

Practical activities:

The candidate has no enough understanding of the topic discussed.

 

4.2. Evaluation of the Final Examination

 

Marks scale

 

Marks awarded on the final Exam are categorized as follows:

 

Letter grade

Synthetic evaluation

Numerical range

A

Excellent

30 cum laude

B

Very Good

From 30 to 27

C

Good

From 27 to 24

D

Satisfactory

From 24 to 21

E

Sufficient

From 21 to 18

F

Fail

From    0 to 17

 

The purpose of final Exam is to ascertain knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of area(s) of study of different modules proposed. The final Exam is graded by a jury of three Faculty members.  The final Exam will be written followed by an oral discussion of the written composition. 

 

5. Course Syllabus

 

5.1 Basic Telemedicine and Telepharmacy  

 

1. e-Health without borders

Number

Module

1

Introduction to the course

Telemedicine history, purposes and organization. The teleconsultation. 

2

International regulations in e-health and  telemedicine. Informed consent in telemedicine.  Confidentiality and privacy of telemedical information.

Local regulations in e-health and telemedicine 

Practical activity: Secure transmission of biomedical data. The informed consent

2. Telecommunication systems and their use in transferring biological and medical data

  Number

Module

 

3

Telecommunication systems applied to telemedicine. Potentialities and applications. Telemedical devices: main technical aspects

4

 Internet applications in medicine. Health web sites

Practical activity: Medical sites on internet. Practical drill of how to find relevant medical guidelines from authoritative sources

3. Organization of health-care systems. Organization, collection, handling and use of medical data in telemedicine 

  Number

Module

 

5

Medical assistance of remote patients: problems and potentialities. Lessons form maritime telemedicine.

6

Medical data bases and electronic medical records

7

Telepharmacy and appropriate use of drugs in evoluted e-health system

Practical activity: Development and consultation of electronic medical records. Levels of responsibility and rights of patients.

 

5.2 Telemedicine applications

 

Number

Module

8

Telemedicine and in loco assistance of patients

9

Teleradiology, diagnostic imaging, Telemedicine in support of diagnostic services

10 

Telemedicine services for pregnancy and pediatrics

Practical activity: Telemedicine delivery experiences   

 

6. Final Certification

 

Attendants having passed interim (modules) and final exams will be Qualified in Telemedicine and Telepharmacy

Certifications will be released by the University of Camerino and Teheran University of Medical Sciences.

This Certificate is intended to meet the needs of professionals/students who desire a deep introduction to e-health, telemedicine and their applications to health and biomedical informatics for professional careers.

 

7. Responsibilities/tasks of the Universities co-organizing the course 

 

7.1 University of Camerino

The University of Camerino will coordinate the Course, provide/coordinate contents of the various modules, contribute to identify teachers and provide quality assurance to the different activities.

The Foundation Centro Internazionale Radio Medico (CIRM), the historical institution of Italian Telemedicine, will propose and coordinate practical activities/drills. CIRM will collaborate to the Course through the University of Camerino, Center of Telemedicine and Telepharmacy and suggest the contents of the telemedicine corners being the basis of telemedicine practical activities.

 

7.2 Tehran University of Medical Sciences

The Tehran University of Medical Sciences will host the course, handle registrations, collect tuition fees and provide technical and instrumental facilities in support to the different activities of the course.

 

Teachers of different modules and their compensations will be established by the Steering Committee.

 

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