Biomedical Informatics

Course Description

Introduction into biomedical informatics - terms and concepts definitions. Properties and scope of medical and biomedical informatics. Health policy and structure of care delivery systems in Croatia and worldwide. Collection, processing and transport of patient medical data. Biomedical signal processing - basic concepts, features and characteristics. Examples of patient biomedical data processing - ECG, EEG, EMG. IT solutions in the domain of eHealth - examples, characteristics, key functional and technical criteria. Electronic healthcare record, integration and interoperability. Certification process. Standards for achieving full scope of eHealth solutions interoperability (DICOM, HL7, EN 13606, HISA, IHE). Telemedicine.

General Competencies

By attending the Biomedical Informatics course students will get an opportunity to learn about key concepts and definitions in the growing and expanding domain of biomedical informatics and eHealth. The course encompasses many aspects of this domain, including state of the world when it comes to definitions, research and developments in the field; biomedical data collection and processing techniques; adoption of IT technologies in the healthcare delivery systems; electronic healthcare records; aspects, benefits and challenges in the field of telemedicine and, other related topics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify key parameters of health systems
  2. Give example of health information models based on world's leading standards initiatives (HL7, IHE, openEHR, Continua)
  3. Define mobile health and telemedicine application architectures
  4. Identify basic modules of integrated hospital information systems
  5. Identify basic modules and functionalities on national eHealth systems
  6. Identify basic components of Electronic Health Records

Forms of Teaching


Lectures in acccordance to the course structure


Middle exames, seminars, amnd written exam


Consultations for students are held once per week.


Confirmed. Group work with small number of students

Internship visits

Visits to be organized to health providers facilities and institutions, which have stronger lines of initiatives when it comes to health informatics

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Seminar/Project 0 % 20 % 0 % 20 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 50 % 40 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 50 % 40 %
Exam: Written 50 % 40 %
Exam: Oral 40 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Biomedical informatics - health policy definitions, Health Technology Assessment, Basic definitions
  2. ICT and eHealth. Standards and protocols, areas of applicability and utilization, quality parameters, world's leading solution providers
  3. Biomedical signals. Acquisition, origin, basic characteristics and processing
  4. EEG signals - analysis and processing
  5. EMG signals - analysis and processing
  6. ECG signals - analysis and processing
  7. Basic standards in health information modelling - HL7 standards
  8. Midterm exam
  9. IHE integration profiles in healthcare
  10. Electronic Health Record
  11. openEHR methodology and open platforms for clinical applications development
  12. IT solutions in hospital care - Hospital information systems, radiology networks, laboratory solutions
  13. - implementation of eHealth systems in Republic of Croatia
  14. Telemedicine and mHealth
  15. Final exam

Study Programmes

University graduate
Computer Engineering (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Computer Science (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Electronic and Computer Engineering (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Information Processing (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Software Engineering and Information Systems (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)


J. Kern, M. Petrovečki (Ur.) (2009.), Medicinska informatika, Medicinska naklada, Zagreb
H. Van Bemmel, M.A. Musen (1997.), Handbook of Medical Informatics, Springer Verlag
E.H. Shortliffe, L.E. Perreault (Eds.); (2001.), Medical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, 2nd Ed., Springer Verlag
Amine Nait-Ali (Ed.) (2009.), Advanced Biosignal Processing, Springer Verlag
Miroslav Končar (2010.), Interoperability of Health Systems. HL7 Compliant Implementation Model: Framework for Localizing Health Care IT Solutions Based on HL7 Standard, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing


ID 34378
  Winter semester
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

90 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Acceptable