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STAT6001 Sharing Information for Practice of Patient Care Between Health Professionals Assessment 2 Answer

Subject Code and Title
STAT6001: Public Health Informatics
Assessment 2: Evaluating eHealth/mHealth/Future of PHI
15 minutes presentation and 500 words summary
Learning Outcomes
Analyse legal, ethical and social equity principles surrounding the use of ICT for healthEvaluate the ways that systems, infrastructure and resources can constrain the effective applications of ICTAssess the role of Health care information and communication technology (ICT) firm
Total Marks
100 marks


There are many ethical and legal challenges in eHealth and mHealth. Over the past few modules, you have been exposed to some of these challenges. In this module, you will prepare an assignment based on this learning.

To prepare for this Assessment:

  • Step 1: Choose one of the key ethical/legal challenges for eHealth and mHealth listed following the Assignment Criteria.
  • Step 2: Create and submit a 15 -minute presentation responding to one of the key ethical challenges for eHealth and mHealth. 
    • F2F students present in groups – in classes; 
    • OL students will be allocated into OL groups and will submit a recorded presentation on BB – in your group folders only. 
  • Step 3: Write a 500-word summary (one page) of your presentation, listing at least 5 references clearly, as a group and submit this after your presentation, in the relevant submission area.


Ethical, legal issues, risk, big data, sustainability and other key challenges for eHealth and mHealth:

  • Privacy and data protection: Security in the collection, storing and sharing of healthcare information. How is patient data adequately protected according to privacy law? How do different health professionals across different services (eg private general practitioners and pharmacists, public hospitals, other professionals in public and private health services) all share information smoothly for the best interests of patient care? What are the key ethical and legal challenges?
  • Data sovereignty: The notion that electronic data about patients is subject to the laws of the country, especially where global eTechnology providers are managing eHealth systems in other countries. This is one of the critical questions in big data and public health. Which law applies, when global technology companies based in one country are managing the data of patients in another country?
  • Developing interoperability: A term referring to when diverse systems operate together smoothly. What are the key ethical/legal issues?
  • eHealth equity and access: What access should people have to their own eHealthcare records, and what role are patient (consumer) and carer groups and NGOs playing in the governance of eHealth?
  • Governance with disparate systems: How does the proper governance of eHealth occur when health professionals may have different governance systems? What are the key ethical and legal challenges?
  • Risk management: Risk management in relation to the provision of information provided through telemedicine. What are the key risks, as well as the ethical and legal issues?
  • Standards and Quality of Health Information: Who is monitoring the standard and quality of healthcare information being provided online? Standards of health information provided through electronic means. An eHealth code of ethics has been developed to provide standards for health information provided through the internet.
  • Sale of medicines and products online: Consider this challenge with the recognition of the need to monitor and provide standards for online health products (see Liang et al., 2011). This issue is associated with counterfeit medicines, which are often available online.

Assignment Criteria :

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the chosen challenges of the eHealth/mHealth topic chosen and demonstrates understanding of the evidence (references) used in the presentation and report. (20%)
  • Critiques and responds to the challenges presented with recommendations and offers appropriate critique of fellow students’ presentations. (20%)
  • Analysis and application with synthesis of new knowledge. (20%)
  • Ethico-moral reasoning (recognises ethical and moral issues within a discipline and is able to reason based on these principles). (10%)
  • Effective Communication and teamwork (15%)
  • Uses academic conventions, including appropriate resources and referencing. (15%)



E-health is providing treatment to patients with the usage of digital technologies. E-health is the usage of digital technologies in the health care area.Ethical and legal challenges exist in the area of e-health. Health care professionals face issues to maintain the privacy of the data in e-health. Mental health care professionals have to follow the ‘Mental health care act of 2007’ in Australia to treat the patient by maintaining their rights. The PWMI act depicts that patients need to talk about the vulnerable treatment if they face any. This presentation will demonstrate how different health professionals across health services share information for best practice of patient care.

Different health care professionals across different services

In Australia, e-health is used by different health care professionals in different areas of health services. Doctors use a number of technical tools to share information with the patients such as mobile phones, e-mails and others. However, doctors have a legal responsibility to maintain the privacy of the patient's information. Patients share their personal information to achieve proper treatment, therefore, doctors need to maintain the confidentiality of the information. Electronic medical records are used by doctors to manage the patient's information. Along with that, in the area of nursing, EHR enables the nurses to manage the medical records of the patients. The online appointing tool helps the nurses to provide information to the patients about their appointment with the doctors.

Different health care professionals across different services extended

Pharmacists and social health workers are the other healthcare professionals. Technology is used by these health workers professionals in their practice to share information with the patients. Pharmacists use electronic prescribing tools to provide medical information to the patients electronically. Along with that, pharmacists follow HIPAA act to avoid ethical and legal issues in health care practice. Social health care professionals have responsibilities to aware the people with healthcare information. In this case, different social media tools are used by them to share information with other people in society. However, in order to share the information, social health workers have to follow ethics and legal acts of Australia to avoid the cyber security risks.


In modern health care practice, e-health has become important as health care professionals can use technologies in e-health to manage communications with the patients. Doctors use mobile phones and other devices to provide information to patients with technology. On the other hand, in the area of nursing EHR has great importance to manage the records of the patients electronically. Along with that, pharmacists also use technology to share information but by following the legal acts in Australia. In order to spread any health-related information, social media is an effective technique which is used by the social health workers in Australia. However, in this case, legal acts are related to this area also for sharing the information smoothly with the people.

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