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Medical Informatics

"Informatics is the science underlying the acquisition, maintenance, retrieval, and application of biomedical knowledge and information to improve patient care, education, research and administration."

- Charles Friedman, Center for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh

Organizations

American Medical Informatics Association

International Medical Informatics Association

 

Selected Areas of Medical Informatics Research

Clinical Information Systems
Genomics
Consumer Health Information
Disease Surveillance/Bioterrorism Surveillance and Emergency Response
Data Standards and Enterprise Data Exchange
Education
Medical Imaging Systems
Consumer Health Informatics
Information Retrieval

Clinical Information Systems

The use of information technology to facilitate the sharing of information and
skills for improving patient care.

Selected Resource Description
A Delphi technique as a method for selecting the content of an electronic patient record for asthma What information should be contained in an electronic patient record?

 

Genomics

Linking clinical databases to molecular databases; representing, mining, and
integrating molecular and cellular knowledge with traditional clinical data.

Selected Resource Description
Human Genome Project Sequence and Analysis of the human genome

 

Consumer Health Information

The use of electronic information and communication to improve medical outcomes and the health care decision-making process.

Selected Resource Description
The Megasite Project A metasite comparing health information megasites and search engines

 

Disease Surveillance/Bioterrorism Surveillance and Emergency Response

Data analysis in real time for patterns indicative of infectious disease outbreaks.

Selected Resource Description
Rods Laboratory The purpose of this project is to conduct basic research building an Early Warning Public Health Surveillance System

 

Data Standards and Enterprise Data Exchange

Provides standards for the exchange, management and integration of data that support clinical patient care and the management, delivery and evaluation of healthcare services.

Selected Resource Description
Health Level Seven Health Level Seven is one of several ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) operating in the healthcare arena.

 

Education

Education of health care practitioners about informatics and information technology; research and development of computer-based tools to support education in the health professions.

Selected Resource Description
Guidelines for the Design of Educational Software The purpose of the Guidelines is to promote quality in educational software.

 

Medical Imaging Systems

Computer-based medical imaging throughout the health care environment.

Selected Resource Description
Content-Description Interfaces for Medical Imaging Content-based retrieval in medical imaging systems.

 

Consumer Health Informatics

Studies from a patient/consumer perspective about the use of electronic information and communication to improve medical outcomes and the health care decision-making process.

Selected Resource Description
The CHESS Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison The Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS) is a computer-based system of integrated services designed to help individuals cope with a health crisis or medical concern.

 

Information Retrieval

Effective and efficient access to large, heterogeneous, distributed, text and databases.

Selected Resource Description
Data mining a diabetic data warehouse Methods for translating a complex relational database with time series and sequencing information to a flat file suitable for data mining are challenging.
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