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Textbook of Digital Health

Your companion for studying digital health and informatics

Dr Chris Paton

"I wrote this book to help students on my Digital Health course understand the key concepts and technologies involved in Digital Health."

Dr Chris Paton BMBS BMedSci MBA FBCS

About the book

The “Textbook of Digital Health” by Dr Chris Paton is a new, up-to-date textbook suitable for students, researchers, and practitioners in the field of digital health and biomedical informatics. It has been designed to meet the needs of postgraduate students on digital health or health informatics courses and for undergraduate clinical students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and allied health courses studying digital health.

The first half of the book introduces readers to the key concepts and ideas involved in the digital transformation of healthcare systems. It describes the range of health information systems and technologies in use today and how they communicate and share data using interoperability standards such as HL7 FHIR and SNOMED-CT. The second half of the book focuses on how digital health systems are designed and implemented. It introduces the concept of “Human-Centered Design” and describes how governments and regulatory organisations assess digital health technologies for usability, safety and clinical effectiveness.

The book's author, Dr Chris Paton, is a medical academic working in the field of Digital Health and Clinical Informatics. He conducts digital health research for the Health Systems Collaborative at the University of Oxford and is the course director for the Postgraduate Digital Health programme at the University of Otago. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and regularly presents his research at international conferences. In 2023, Dr Paton was invited to speak at the G20 Summit Digital Health meeting in India.

Dr Chris Paton

Digital Health Topics


What are "Fast Health Interoperability Resources"? How can they be used to share patient data?

Learning Health Systems

How can healthcare systems use routine data to improve quality and to conduct research.

Electronic Health Records (EHR)

Where do we store healthcare data? In the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.


Clinicians use telemedicine systems to provide remote consultations with patients.


Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) are used to store and view images in a hospital.

Definition of Digital Health

How is the term "digital health" defined?