Health Informatics

Health informatics is a science that defines how health information is technically captured, transmitted and utilized.

Health informatics focuses on information systems, informatics principles, and information technology as it is applied to the continuum of healthcare delivery. It is an integrated discipline with specialty domains that include management science, management engineering principles, healthcare delivery and public health, patient safety, information science and computer technology. Health informatics programs demonstrate uniqueness by offering varied options for practice or research focus. (Source: The American Health Information Management Association)

Health informatics professionals make a difference in the lives of patients, health care providers and administrators by:

  • Setting standards for electronic records;
  • Educating and advising about electronic health records issues;
  • Advocating for records quality and standards compliance, especially regarding patient privacy and security and interoperability;
  • Providing health information to support clinical decision making;
  • Anticipating and shaping new developments in mobile health, usability and big data application;
  • Analyzing data for clinical research, auditing, quality assessment, risk management and costs assessment

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