HI 5314 Technology Assessment in Healthcare

Course Type: Basic
Credit Hours: 3

This course assists the student in the area of technical writing, the development of 
scholarly and academic writing abilities. Each student will complete the process of 
generating a written document from topic selection through outlining, drafting, and 
revising. Writing in the field of Biomedical Informatics will be addressed and the genre 
of written discourse in informatics will be explored by the student. The elements of the 
recursive writing process and a review of the technical aspects of writing will also be 
considered. Critical reading, thinking and writing will be emphasized in the course. 
Weekly assignments require writing throughout the course.  A course writing project is 
required such as developing a manuscript for review, submission and possible 

This course will focus on methods and processes to evaluate positive and negative impacts of various techniques, technologies and interventions in healthcare. The focus will be standard approaches for measuring various outcomes, and development and evaluation of technology assessment models. We also focus on merging different outcomes measurement to conduct unified approach to evaluate effectiveness of planned / implemented technologies, to compare different options. Finally, we will try to explore tools / software used for technology assessment.

In this course, "Technology in Healthcare" will be used in a very broad sense, encompassing all interventions, equipment, treatment, etc., that are used in the health care field to care for consumers. Mainly, cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-utility analysis will be used for the purpose, and occasionally the more general terms of "effectiveness" or "outcomes" analysis will be utilized.


Basic statistics knowledge

To have completed following courses or with same level of content.   

  • Quality and Outcomes in Healthcare (HI-5315)
  • Decision Making in Healthcare (HI-5303) 
  • Advance Decision Analysis-I (HI-6311) 

This course requires consent of the instructor. You need to secure that consent before you can register for this course. Contact your instructor for approval or any questions you have.

Additional Information

Course Goals

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Theoretical foundation of economic evaluation in healthcare
  • Critical assessment of economic evaluation
  • Differentiating four types of cost analysis
  • Framing and designing the cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Estimating costs
  • Extract data and discuss uncertainty
  • Reporting and presenting cost-effectiveness results