Data and System Integration
ATMC Semester 1, 2018
Assessment and Submission Details
Marks: 20% of the Total Assessment for the Course
Due Date: 11:59pm Friday, 20th April 2018 (Week 5)
Submit your assignment to Blackboard Task 1. Please follow the submission instructions in Blackboard.
The assignment will be marked out of a total of 100 marks and forms 20% of the total assessment for the course. ALL assignments will be checked for plagiarism by SafeAssign system provided by Blackboard automatically.
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Background: Health Information Technology
On the 17th of February 2009 the United States government legislated the “Health
Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act” or “HITEC Act” (America, 2009). At the heart of this legislation is a requirement for all health providers to maintain electronic health records in a manner to facilitate data integration and sharing amongst providers with the goal of achieving this by 2014.
Prior to and subsequent of this legislation, a wealth of scholarly articles has been written in respect to the impact of HITEC, more generally on the benefits of maintaining Electronic Health Records (EHR) and the challenges for Enterprise Information Architecture (EIA), see e.g. (Brennan, 2017) (Adenuga, et al., 2015) (Raghupathi & Raghupathi, 2014).
It is recommended that you undertake your own review of the current literature to gain insights into designing an EIA for EHR.
Adenuga, O. A., Kekwaletswe, R. M. & Coleman, A., 2015. eHealth integration and interoperability issues: towards a solution through enterprise architecture. [Online] Available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13755-015-0009-7
America, C. o., 2009. HITEC Act. [Online] Available at:
Brennan, P., 2017. Is the EHR the New Big Data?. [Online] Available at: https://datascience.nih.gov/BlogIsTheEHR
Raghupathi, W. & Raghupathi, V., 2014. Big data analytics in healthcare: promise and potential.
Available at: http://doi.org/10.1186/2047-2501-2-3
You are to prepare a preliminary report for the Australian Federal Government describing the benefits of an Enterprise Information Architecture Reference Architecture (EIA RA) for developing a national EHR system. Attention should be made to an information centric design and how to best achieve this.
The intended audience for this report are government officials who may have knowledge of the health system but limited computing knowledge.
Your report should follow the following template:
Table of Contents
Table of Figures
Table of Tables (if needed)
2.0 Enterprise Information Architecture Reference Architecture
Discuss the benefits an EIA RA approach can provide to guide development of a EHR system. This discussion should expand on at least three of the identified benefits and should include at least one diagram providing an overview of the proposed system.
3.0 Information Management and Integration
The disparate nature of entities and systems within health care, the volume of structured and unstructured data, and the sensitivity of that data pose challenges for data management and integration.
You are to describe several of these challenges and propose strategies to overcome them.
Your report should be no less than 2,000 words and it would be best to be no longer than 3,000 words.
The report must be formatted using the following guidelines:
• Paragraph text 12-point Calibri single line spacing
• Headings Arial in an appropriate type size
• Margins 2.5cm on all sides
• Title Page is not to contain headers, footers, or page numbering
• Header is to display the Report Title (excluding the title page)
• Footer to display your name and the page number (excluding the title page)
• Title Page – Must not contain headers or footers. Include your name as the report’s author.
• Page numbering
o Executive summary to the last page of Table of Figures / Table of Tables to use roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv)
o Introduction and onwards to use conventional numerals (1, 2, 3, 4) starting at page 1 from the introduction
• The report is to be created as a single Microsoft Word document (version 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, or Office 365). No other format is acceptable and doing so will result in the deduction of marks.
• The report must use the built-in features of Microsoft Word to create page numbers, section numbers, citations, cross referencing of sections, figures and tables, table of contents, table of figures, table of tables, and bibliography.
Please follow the conventions detailed in:
Summers, J. & Smith, B., 2014, Communication Skills Handbook, 4th Ed, Wiley, Australia.
The report is to include (at least 5) appropriate references and these references should follow the Harvard method of referencing. Note that ALL references should be from journal articles, conference papers, technical papers or a recognized expert in the field. DO NOT use Wikipedia as a reference. The use of unqualified references will result in the deduction of marks.
Assignment Return and Release of Grades
Assignment grades will be available on the blackboard in two weeks after the submission. An electronic assignment marking sheet will be available at this time. Where an assignment is undergoing investigation for alleged plagiarism or collusion the grade for the assignment and the assignment will be withheld until the investigation has concluded.
1. The task of developing an EIA for EHR would in practice would take a team of IT professionals hundreds of hours to complete. It is acknowledged that your time is constrained to several weeks and approx. 20 hrs work on this assignment, and as such this assignment is not so much about completing it but seeing how far you get.
2. Whole text books have been dedicated to the topic of EIA RA, thus in your discussion of EIA RA you will need firstly to be succinct, and secondly to be selective in describing aspects of EIA RA significant to an eHealth system.
3. It is not expected that you become an expert in eHealth, but it is expected that you demonstrate your research into the field as it pertains to EIA
4. As this is a master’s level course, you will be graded on your ability to put forward an argument supported by scholarly articles. Simply regurgitating the text book is not sufficient.
5. There is no correct answer and it is expected that students’ answers will vary greatly, thus there is little chance of accidental plagiarism.
6. Ensure that you clearly understand the requirements for the assignment – what must be done and what are the deliverables.
7. If you do not understand any of the assignment requirements – Please ASK your tutor.
8. Each time you work on any aspect of the assignment reread the assignment requirements to ensure that what is required is clearly understood.
Marking Sheet for ATMC ICT705 2018.S1 Assignment 1
Student name: Student ID:
Executive Summary 5
An Enterprise Information Architecture for eHealth 35
Information Management and Integration 25
Report formatting (font, header and footer, table of content, numbering, referencing, etc.) 5
Professional communication (correct spelling, grammar, formal business language used) 5
Scholarly discussion (arguments supported by references) 10
Total Marks: 100
Percentage of Course Total: 20%