HLTH 2000: Understanding Digital Health
Length: 2500 words maximum (excluding reference list and cover page)
This assignment is to be completed and submitted at the end of teaching Week 13
Semester 2, 2019; it has been designed for students to reflect on relevant learnings
acquired throughout the entire Course.
There is a list of topics (see later in this document). Choose ONE topic.
Depending on the topic you choose, this assignment will give you an opportunity to
demonstrate your understanding and knowledge with respect to the overarching
learning objectives and aims of the course, i.e.:
1. Basic concepts, theories, evolution and drivers of digital health
2. The role of digital information communication technology (current
clinical practice and future potential) to facilitate best possible clinical
decision making, improve patient safety and improve organisational
3. Significant digital health activities – both domestic and international
4. Main considerations when incorporating digital health services and
tools to ensure safe and efficacious patient-centred care
5. How digital health has the potential to improve health literacy and
empower individuals to become more active in their current and future
6. Known challenges and barriers to effective digital health implementation
This is an essay type assignment. The topics in the list provided are purposely broad
in scope to enable use of imagination and application of critical thinking while
planning, researching and writing your essay. You are expected to incorporate
relevant definitions, concepts, terminologies and examples relative to the topic.
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The essay cannot merely be a descriptive piece of work; this is an academic essay
and therefore there is an expectation that the work will be a balance of descriptive
and analytical writing. Writing essays offers you the opportunity for unique
viewpoint, opinions and arguments. However, your arguments cannot be solely
based on assumptions, it is important that you substantiate your arguments
with quality peer- reviewed evidence and use up-to-date statistics and data
where relevant. HLTH 2000: Understanding Digital Health.
Topics provided are linked with key aspects that have been discussed/studied in the
course. By reading the topic carefully, it is important that you understand the key
aspects linked with the chosen topic. That will help you scope the essay.
Writing essays helps to develop academic skills including critical thinking, developing
reasonable, structured, substantiated arguments in a logical manner and good,
scientific writing skills. A high standard of academic scientific writing is expected;
close attention must be paid to the marking criteria.
Features of a good essay
• Content is relevant and focused on the topic area, the marking criteria and the
overarching learning objectives of the course
• Follows a logical structure (using headings and subtitles)
• Statements of fact are substantiated by evidence; bibliography and content
represents tertiary academic level ability in researching published
evidence (and grey literature) and critical appraisal.
• Strives for overall objectivity
• Rich in discussion and subject matter
• Displays good academic writing skills using Australian English language and
spelling (not American English)
• Conforms with the specifications of the essay – e.g. word count, reference
list is referenced correctly (including the in-text numbering of citations), uses
the correct font and line spacing, a cover page, submitted on time via
TurnItIn. HLTH 2000: Understanding Digital Health.
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General instructions for writing this assignment
You should pay careful attention to the layout, language, structure and professional
presentation of your essay. You have freedom to structure your assignment as you
wish, however, it must flow logically. It is important that you use relevant, up to date
literature to report the current evidence and trends relating to digital health. Make
sure you explain your ideas well and substantiate your arguments. It is expected that
your submission will be written using formal academic language. Please avoid
casual and journalistic writing style. During this course, you have read a number of
scholarly written research papers, please try to replicate a similar writing style in
your work. Arrange your ideas and arguments in a structured manner so that your
message is delivered clearly and unambiguously. The use of headings and
subheadings is recommended. Further general information is available at:
UQ Student Services run a number of assignment writing workshops throughout
Specific formatting guides for this assignment:
• Word count – 2500 words maximum (excluding reference list and cover page)
• Text must have 1.5 spacing
• Font 12 point, Arial or Times New Roman
• References must be formatted in Vancouver style – refer to:
• Cover page must be attached
• Assignment must be page numbered
• Authors name must be indicated in each page
• Content must be the student’s own work and conforms to The Universityof
Queensland guideline on Academic Integrity and Student Conduct.
• Similarity rate (as determined by the Blackboard TurnItIn function when you
submit your work) is not to exceed 15%. HLTH 2000: Understanding Digital Health.
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• To be submitted via Blackboard using Turnitin link (available from the Course
Assessment page.) Please check the similarity rate of your work prior to
submitting. Reference lists and coverpage content is not counted by Turnitin
when assessing similarity rates.
• Assignment coversheet must be completed and attached.
List of topics
Choose ONE of the following topics for your assignment.
1. Digital health is underpinned by multiple drivers (technological and nontechnological) that together can deliver improved patient-centred healthcare.
Critically discuss this statement.
2. Digital health will always be considered second-choice to traditional face-toface health service delivery. Critically discuss this statement.
3. The integration of efficient and effective Information communication
technology into healthcare is anticipated to reduce human error and improve
patient safety. Critically discuss this statement.
4. Digital health deprives patients and clinicians of one of the key components of
clinical care – i.e. personal touch. Critically assess this statement.
5. Digital health offers many opportunities for improving patient-centred care for
Australian vulnerable and underserved individuals. Critically discuss this
6. The digital-health specific strategic vision of Australian federal and state
governments suggest that digital health implementation will radically improve
access to healthcare. Critically discuss this statement. (You may use examples
from other countries to support your arguments)
7. Digital Health has a particular relevance to the healthcare systems in
developing countries. Critically discuss this statement.
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8. The digitisation of health has potential to improve health literacy levels of the
general population. Critically discuss this statement.
Requirement Max marks (Total is 40)
Background / identification of issue
• Relevance / description with
respect to topic area
• Identification of relevant
• Critical assessment of healthcarespecific issues/dilemmas relative
Digital health solution
• Peer-reviewed evidence to
support clinical efficacy and
• Suitability for addressing the
specific identified issue
• Substantial reasoned argument for
and/or against digital health
solution relative to the topic area
Consideration to key areas known to
challenge the introduction and
sustainability of digital solutions
Structure / academic writing
• Evidence –
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