Manchester University IT Governance Research

ReAl-time Mobile monitoring of Patient symptoms, Access to Records, Treatment, and Storage

Taught Masters students from the University of Manchester School of Computer Science and Manchester Business School were each tasked with an assignment to learn and practise the elements required to govern the creation and operation – through its life cycle - of an information system that is secure enough to process and store medical information about individuals and support medical practitioners in their decision-making and administer treatment.

Their assignments are showcased here on this website.

Under the direction of tutor Dr Daniel Dresner, the system is called RAMPARTS   ReAl-time Mobile monitoring of Patient symptoms, Access to Records, Treatment, and Storage.

The basic requirements from RAMPARTS are:

  1. Collect real-time data about a patient’s health from one or more medical devices carried by the patient.
  2. Transmit that data to healthcare professionals who may:
  • Administer medication or other treatment through one or more devices carried by the patient
  • Contact the patient with instructions. For example to take medicine or attend a clinic.
  1. Create Electronic Health Records
  2. Update Personal Health Records
  3. Aggregate data and make it available for medical research. Technologies available include:
  • Mobile medical devices
  • Global positioning systems
  • Applications
  • Smartphones
  • The mobile data network
  • The Internet
  • SMS, e-Mail, IM etc.


IT governance vectors

Under RAMPARTS, the students looked at six IT governance vectors.

  • Introductions
  • Responsibility
  • Strategy
  • Acquisition
  • Performance
  • Conformance
  • Human Behaviour


Working groups

The students were divided up into five working groups with each group reporting on all six vectors.