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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2023/2024
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Insegnamento 054296 - MEDICAL INFORMATICS
Docente Bianchi Anna Maria Maddalena
Cfu 10.00 Tipo insegnamento Corso Integrato
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  1.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Blended Learning & Flipped Classroom

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento
Ing Ind - Inf (1 liv.)(ord. 270) - MI (363) INGEGNERIA BIOMEDICA*AZZZZ054296 - MEDICAL INFORMATICS

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The goal of the course is to enable students to acquire expertise in the engineering methodologies and processes required for management of medical and clinical data for clinical, research, design and development purposes. The basic processes of health care data management are described in order to make the student able to work in clinical environment, inside the health care system, and in companies developing medical devices and services.



Risultati di apprendimento attesi

Expected learning outcomes

Lectures and exercise sessions will allow students to:

  • Analyze and understand the goals, assumptions and requirements associated to a data-base system for health applications (DD1)
  • Model formally the data-base, define its architecture and design using proper tools (DD1)
  • Model heath care processes through proper tools (DD1)
  • Be familiar with the main standards for medical data (DD1)
  • Be familiar with the main health-care applications related to Medical Informatics (DD1)


The project laboratory will allow students to (DD2):

  • Use the basic tools for data base design and management
  • Define requirement specifications for a given application
  • Write design specification documents
  • Develop the applications


Argomenti trattati



Electronic health record (EHR)

  • The structure of the EHR for hospital departments
  • Data types


Clinical and medical databases

  • Basic definition
  • Databases lifecycle
  • Databases management systems (DBMS)
  • Relational algebra
  • Logical data models: relational, hierarchical, network, object oriented
  • Entity relationship diagrams
  • Database design methodology: conceptual and logical design, translation to database schema
  • Examples of clinical and medical databases


Medical decision support systems.

  • Automatization of the medical design process.
  • Computerized clinical practice guidelines


Protection of medical data

  • Basic concepts on security and privacy for clinical data


Interoperability and standards for medical informatics

  • Definition of standards and standard lifecycle
  • Description of standard organizations for Medical Informatics and Electrical field, at Italian, European and World level.
  • HL7 standard
  • DICOM standard


Health care processes

  • Definition of clinical and health-care processes including information and telecommunication requirements
  • Health care process modelling
  • Unified Model Language (UML)
  • Application examples


Same specific applications of the different topics will be further illustrated through invited seminars

A project laboratory is integral part of the course. The objective of projects is to help students in applying the approaches and principles taught in class. A project will be assigned through the semester. Project artifacts are expected to be released at fixed deadlines  that will be defined by the time the project will be assigned. The evaluation of projects will be based on the produced artifacts (documentation, code, demos, …) and on a presentation. The project laboratory will include class discussions supervised by the course instructor and by some tutors.

Students who cannot take part in the project laboratory in this semester can work at the project on their own and present project material at the exam. In this case, no support by project tutors will be possible. 



The contents of the course Informatica e Elememnti di Informatica Medica (or equivalent) are pre-requisites for the course

Modalità di valutazione

The attendance to the lessons and laboratory sessions is strongly recommended.

The written final exam is mandatory and based on the topics of this syllabus.  

The ability of comprehensively describing in written form the course topics, using the appropriate terms and giving attention to the relevant conceptual aspects, is a fundamental element for a positive evaluation.

The elective laboratory project presentation is part of the final evaluation.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaPinciroli Francesco, Masseroli Marco, Elementi di Informatica BioMedica, Editore: Polipress, Anno edizione: 2005, ISBN: 88-7398-0171
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaPinciroli Francesco, Combi Carlo Pozzi Giuseppe, Basi di dati per l'informatica medica. Concetti, linguaggi, applicazioni, Editore: Pàtron,, Anno edizione: 1998, ISBN: 8855524623
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaFowler Martin, : A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language, Editore: Addison-Wesley Professional, Anno edizione: 2003, ISBN: 978-0321193681
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaShortliffe Edward H. and Cimino James J., Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2006, ISBN: 978-0387289861
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaElmasri Ramez, Navathe Shamkant, Fundamentals of Database Systems, Editore: Addison Wesley, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 978-0136086208
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaNaiburg Eric J., Maksimchuk Robert A, UML for Database Design, Editore: Addison-Wesley Professional, Anno edizione: 2001, ISBN: 978-0201721638
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaKurose James F., Ross Keith W, Computer Networking. A top-down approach featuring the Internet, Editore: Addison-Wesley Professional,, Anno edizione: 2005

Software utilizzato
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Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 100:00 150:00

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