Medical informatics

Medical Informatics is the name given to the application of information technology to healthcare. It is the:

"understanding, skills and tools that enable the sharing and use of information to deliver healthcare and promote health" (British Medical Informatics Society).

Medical informatics is sometimes called health informatics. This later-generation term reflects the substantive contribution of the citizen and of non-medical professions to the generation and usage of healthcare data.

Aspects of the field

These include:
  • architectures for electronic healthcare records
  • messages for the exchange of information
  • decision support systems in healthcare
  • terminology systems and domain termlists
  • and more mainstream systems and services as they apply particularly in the healthcare domain (such as any security implications unique to the protection of medical data)

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