School of Computing

Introduction to Health Informatics

Introduction to Health Informatics


An introductory and comprehensive overview of Healthcare Informatics.

This session covers the kind of data captured from everyday interactions with healthcare providers in a personalised Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR). You’ll find out who can see it, and how we can use it within the healthcare system.

It also explores potential careers in this area.

The course covers:

  1. Overview and history of Health Informatics
  2. Careers in Health Informatics
  3. Fundamental informatics concepts
  4. Electronic Health Record
    • What is an EHR?
    • EHR structure
    • Implementation challenges and ways to address them
  5. Health Information Systems of the future
  6. Introduction to Health Information Exchange (HIE)

New dates to be announced soon.
Fee: £100

Introduction to Health Informatics: tablet computer, stethoscope, pill bottle, clipboard

Course Lecturers

Thomas Webb

Thomas is a Founding Director of Ethical Healthcare Consulting, which is the UK’s first not-for-profit NHS consultancy. In this role, he has authored the £12m business case for the London Healthcare Information Exchange programme. This was the precursor to the One London LHCRE programme.

He also successfully developed a £9m interoperability business case for North Central London STP.

Thomas is an adjunct lecturer in the Newcastle University Business School. He teaches postgraduate students on the Competing with IT course. The course focuses on technology strategy within the context of value chain mapping and benefits realisation.

From 2008 to 2011, Thomas worked as a Project Manager at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He was responsible for redesigning prescribing and diagnostic test processes as part of the implementation of an Electronic Patient Record System into the trust.

Thomas is a qualified MSP and Prince 2 practitioner.

Anne Cooper

Anne is currently the Chief Clinical Digital Officer at mHabitat. The organisation is part of Leeds and York partnership FT working on digital projects.

She is also the Clinical Director at Ethical Healthcare Consulting. In this role, she delivers a leadership programme focussed on women who work in the digital sector.

From April 2015 to May 2018, Anne was the Chief Nurse at NHS Digital. She worked with technical professionals to deliver strategic leadership and insights on the national agenda. She also led on clinical governance.

From July 2013 to March 2015, she was the Clinical Informatics Advisor (Nursing) for NHS England. She provided strategic expert advice on digital health to a range of national programmes. She established a community of nurses working in informatics. This linked to the Chief Clinical Information Officer leaders’ network, securing a space for nurses in what was a male dominated medical network.

Anne has also served as the National Clinical Lead for Nursing in the Department of Health, Informatics Directorate, and as the Head of Information Governance in NHS Connecting for Health. She is a Registered Nurse and also possesses a Diploma in Management Studies as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics.