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Health Informatics (previously known as Medical Informatics) is the discipline
that is now plays an important role in all aspects of healthcare delivery, and
public/personal health promotion.1 There are
currently various definitions for medical informatics but it is essentially the
use and sharing of information within the healthcare sector with the help of
computer science, mathematics and psychology. 2
A more comprehensive definition can be found in the
Handbook of Medical Informatics.
Health Informatics enhances the development and assessment of tools used
representing Medical Data, aiding
Medical Decision Making, defining Medical Language and
Classification Systems, as well as Computer Aided
Learning and Healthcare IT Strategy.
There are several organisations that are involved in the promotion of medical
informatics. Internationally the most recognizable would be the
International Medical Informatics Association, while within the United
States, the prominent organisation is the American
Medical Informatics Association. Within the United Kingdom, the
British Computer Society Health Informatics Committee and the
UK Health Informatics Society are the foremost organisations involved
with health informatics.
These organisations are non-profit and help in educating the government and the
public about the benefits of Health Informatics as a essential tool in the
delivery of healthcare, promoting research and education through thier various
work groups and help to set standards and policies that are would be adopted
within the medical informatics society. They are good places for networking and
sharing of ideas, so for anyone involved in or interested in Health
Informatics, joining such organisations might be a good idea.
Health Informatics is made up of several subsets and biohealthmatics.com
would be looking at the following:
J.H. van Bemmel. [WWW] Handbook of medical informatics.
http://www.mihandbook.stanford.edu/handbook/home.htm (20TH March
Epshteyn, Ella.; Dyer, Kirsti A. [WWW] March 3RD 2001. Definitions:
Ethics & Medical Informatics.
Handbook of Medical
Website version of one of the most popular books on medical
informatics. Hosted on the University of Standard website.
Guide to Health Informatics
Offers a prelude to the book with same title by Enrico Coiera.
History of medical informatics,
A definitive look at the history of medical informatics from the American
Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).
What is health informatics?
Definition of health informatics from the UK Health Informatics Society
What is Medical
Informatics, and why is it an important specialty?
Views from Scot Silverstein, MD, a professional in the field.
An online community for health informatics professionals from Europe's largest
healthcare organisation - The National Health Service (NHS).
Health Informatics World Wide
A comprehensive list of health informatics sites on the Web. Edited by Dr
Stefan Schulz and Prof Dr Rudiger Klar, both of Freiburg University, Germany.