Internet of Things

Internet of Health Things

CPD - short course
Digital health

What is an RCSI Online short course?

Join the dots in healthcare: discover how IoHT is revolutionising patient care, data analysis, and clinical practices in healthcare.

RCSI recognises the vital need for healthcare professionals to continuously advance their skills and knowledge to navigate the complexities of a rapidly evolving healthcare sector. Our Internet of Health Things (IoHT) course is designed specifically for those times when a concise, focused course can significantly contribute to your professional development journey.

This unique course is a fully self-paced, on-demand learning experience, ideal for busy professionals seeking flexibility. Unlike our traditional courses that feature live webinars, this course offers you the freedom to engage with the material at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Delivered through an array of diverse and engaging media formats, including interactive videos, quizzes, and tailored activities, the course material is both accessible and engaging. Each module has been crafted by industry experts, ensuring that the content is not only relevant but also rooted in real-world applications. This dynamic approach to learning allows you to immerse yourself in the course themes, apply your knowledge through practical exercises, and ultimately earn an RCSI Certificate upon completion.

While exploring the broader implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) in healthcare, this course specifically focuses on the nuanced applications and impact of the IoHT. Embrace the opportunity to learn at your convenience with our Internet of Health Things course, and gain the expertise you need to stay ahead in the ever-changing landscape of healthcare technology.

Why Internet of Health Things?

The Internet of Health Things represents a significant advancement in the healthcare sector, with numerous specialities leveraging its capabilities for improved clinical services. The IoHT integrates a network of interconnected devices that collect, transmit, and store healthcare data, offering a foundation for transformative healthcare practices. This technological integration is especially crucial in the collection and analysis of medical data, set to revolutionise healthcare delivery and patient care.

RCSI Online’s short continuing professional development (CPD) course provides an in-depth exploration of the IoHT's role in healthcare, melding technology and medicine to forge innovative solutions for a more efficient, effective healthcare system. In this course, you'll gain comprehensive insights into the architecture and diverse applications of IoHT in healthcare, learning how to effectively harness this technology to collect, analyse, and utilise vast amounts of healthcare data.

This course will guide you through the intricacies of IoHT in healthcare, from its technical underpinnings to practical applications in medical settings. You will develop the skills necessary to manage and interpret health data, ultimately enhancing patient outcomes. IoHT’s potential to improve healthcare services, particularly in aged care and pandemic management, is substantial.

As we delve deeper into the Internet of Health Things, we also examine its place within the larger realm of IoT, highlighting how these technologies converge to transform healthcare and significantly improve patient outcomes.

Enrol for this course now

Follow in the path of former students who have embraced 230 years of teaching excellence. Driven by the promise of 'leading the world to better health', RSCI has been at the forefront of international healthcare education since our establishment in 1784, and we have a worldwide reputation for delivering excellent Undergraduate and Postgraduate health professions education.

RCSI's singular healthcare focus is evident through all our Postgraduate programmes, offering innovative, insight-rich and immersive development opportunities for both current and future leaders in healthcare.

This course will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the Internet of Health Things. By the end of the course participants will:

  • Gain understanding of the fundamental concepts of IoT with real-world applications within the healthcare ecosystem.
  • Dive into IoT's impact on healthcare covering advantages, challenges, safety, data quality, and ethical considerations.
  • Learn data governance, safety, workforce training  and the future of healthcare IoT.
  • Assess and analyse various approaches and strategies related to the ongoing evolution and direction of IoT in healthcare.
  • Week 1:Starting with an IoHT perspective develop a foundational understanding of the core principles of IoT technology and explore the practical applications and relevance of IoT in various contexts.
  • Week 2: Delve into the potential effects of IoT on the healthcare industry, including both its advantages and challenges. Additionally, you will critically assess aspects of healthcare safety, data quality, and ethical considerations within the IoT landscape.
  • Week 3: Explore IoT's relevance in diverse healthcare settings such as remote care, aged care, and acute care.
  • Week 4: Dive into conversations surrounding governance and safety measures in the IoT domain. Examine the significance of workforce training and data governance in the context of healthcare IoT. The week culminates with a case study and insights into the future evolution of IoT in healthcare.
  • Week 5: Develop your individual action plan based on your learnings. Continuous feedback and guidance will be provided throughout the module, aligning with formative progress milestones and the weekly focus on the student summative.

This five-week course is fully online, designed to be asynchronous so that you can study at a pace that suits your lifestyle. You will not be required to attend live sessions, ensuring flexibility for your schedule. The course consists of five weeks of content, including four weeks of teaching and a final week for completing a personal learning plan. Learning content is delivered primarily through pre-recorded video lectures and online activities.

We understand that online learning might be a new experience for some. Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is intuitive, accessible, and easy to navigate. A dedicated programme coordinator will be available to assist with any technical difficulties or questions about learning online.

At the start of the course, we provide short orientation videos to familiarise you with the platform and course format.

Clare Harney

CIO of the Year 2023 recipient (non profit) and Fellow of the Irish Computer Society (ICS), Clare is currently Managing Director of HD Health, a digital health, compliance and clinical advisory firm specialising in digital health transformation, business development, healthcare process optimisation, automation and digital medical device software compliance.

Clare is a member of adjunct faculty and digital health expert at RCSI and was instrumental in the design and the development of the Professional Diploma in Digital Health Transformation. Prior to this, Clare has worked in various senior digital health and governance roles across industry and the health service, in the Department of Health, HIQA, and the HSE as National Programme Manager for the Acute Medicine Programme.

Clare holds an MSc in Health Informatics and a degree in Information Systems.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a RCSI Completion Certificate. Achieving this Certificate and earning continuous professional development (CPD) points involves passing weekly MCQs, engaging in online discussions, and participating in reflective exercises, including the completion of a personal action plan. These components are designed to be flexible, allowing you to progress at your own pace while ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.

Although this course does not carry credits as per the European Credit Transfer System, it upholds rigorous quality assurance standards to provide an excellent educational experience. The course has been approved by the RCSI Professional Development and Practice Committee and is accredited for CPD points in line with the Irish Medical Council guidelines. Participants seeking recognition in other jurisdictions should verify the applicability of these CPD points as per their local requirements.