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A stimulus to define informatics and health information technology

Abstract

Background
Despite the growing interest by leaders, policy makers, and others, the terminology of health information technology as well as biomedical and health informatics is poorly understood and not even agreed upon by academics and professionals in the field.

Discussion
The paper, presented as a Debate to encourage further discussion and disagreement, provides definitions of the major terminology used in biomedical and health informatics and health information technology. For informatics, it focuses on the words that modify the term as well as individuals who practice the discipline. Other categories of related terms are covered as well, from the associated disciplines of computer science, information technology, health information management to the major application categories of applications used. The discussion closes with a classification of individuals who work in the largest segment of the field, namely clinical informatics.

Summary
The goal of presenting in Debate format is to provide a starting point for discussion to reach a documented consensus on the definition and use of these terms.

Hersh, William R. "A stimulus to define informatics and health information technology." BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 9, no. 1 (May 15, 2009): 24. http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6947-9-24.pdf.  

16 May 2009

Bibliographic Data

Title:

A stimulus to define informatics and health information technology

Author(s):

Hersh, William R.

Journal

BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 9(1), pp. 24
(2009-05-15)

URL:

Full article

DOI:

10.1186/1472-6947-9-24

PMID:

19445665

Keyword(s):

Biomedical Informatics, Electronic Health Records, Electronic Medical Records, Evidence Base, Health Information Exchange, Health Information Technology, Informatics, Terminology

Citation:

Hersh, William R. "A stimulus to define informatics and health information technology." BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 9, no. 1 (May 15, 2009): 24. http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6947-9-24.pdf.  

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