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SSY115 - eHealth
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPBME
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Adj professor  Bengt-Arne Sjöqvist
Professor  Bo Håkansson

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

The courses SSY180 Medicine for the engineer and SSY090 Biomedical instrumentation are highly recommended before this course. Group project work and home assignments are important parts of the course. Therefore it is strongly recommended that the students have previous experience from project work and report writing.


The overall aim of the course is to provide health providers and the healthcare industry with people having basic skills and prerequisites to understand, design and implement eHealth solutions, inside as well as outside the hospital environment.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • understand the concept of the term eHealth, being a very cross disciplinary area.

  • understand the role and implications of eHealth in today’s and tomorrow’s health care environment.

  • discuss possibilities and limitations of eHealth systems, to reflect on its impact on humans and on society as a whole, and to demonstrate awareness of the responsibilities of the engineer in this context.

  • understand the needs for standardization and interfacing between various systems, and have basic knowledge of existing international standards applicable to eHealth solutions.

  • describe, plan and design a generic eHealth solution on a basic level, e.g. from sensors to caregiver and patient user interface, and also understand the procedures and limitations of implementing such a system in a health care environment.


  1. eHealth Fundamentals, Applications, Devices and International Outlook: An overview of eHealth fundamentals and review of existing applications and some lessons learned. Examples of commercially available devices, systems and solutions. Introduction to applications e.g. EPR, RIS and PACS. An overview of international initiatives, research programs and state of the art. Planning and designing of eHealth applications.

  2. eHealth Technology and Standards: Covers some of the technology and standards involved in implementing eHealth applications and various standards utilized. Overview of protocols and standards e.g. HL7, Snomed CT, IHE and DICOM. Introduction to quality and processes.

  3. Healthcare Organisation, Clinical Perspectives and Legislation: Considers the perspective of the clinician and the patient as well as the impact on the health care process from various eHealth solutions. Overview of the national Healthcare organisation. Overview of relevant national law and regulations. Consideration of advantages and disadvantages of eHealth systems and its impact on organisational issues and change management.


This course is presented using lectures with invited speakers from industry, academia and other health care stakeholders. A supervised group project work and home assignments are also essential parts of the course.


Lecture notes, hand-outs and recommended textbook.


To pass the course compulsory attendance at lectures, approved home assignments, approved weekly quizzes and an approved group project report are required. There will also be a voluntary home exam. The examination grade will be calculated according to an equation weighting the different parts of the course; assignments, project report, quizzes and home exam.

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