Track 6: Healthcare Informatics

Exactly what does healthcare informatics entail?

Information technology is a key component of healthcare informatics, often known as healthcare information systems. To increase the quality of healthcare, field personnel compile and examine medical records. These employees create techniques for gathering, analyzing, and putting into practise patient solutions with already available tools and resources. They must keep and retrieve all pertinent data on patients, medical procedures, and the final results. They develop communication protocols within the infrastructure of the workplaces. They make sure that access to medical records is quick, simple, and effective for doctors, nurses, and other professionals. There are several degree programs offered at all educational levels, and the subject is expanding quickly.

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The network of establishments that collaborate to give patients with care includes businesses, hospitals, and other care providers. This chain of facilities must all be able to communicate with one another. They must be able to securely, swiftly, and exchange data. In order to offer each patient with the proper treatment and to advance their methods and procedures, the staff, nurses, and doctors must pool their knowledge, skills, and experience. Personnel working in health informatics research the effectiveness and efficiency of all the care facilities. Their efforts serve as the catalyst for process development and the upkeep of first-rate care.

Healthcare informatics, also known as health informatics or medical informatics, is a multidisciplinary field that combines healthcare, information technology, and data science to improve the quality, efficiency, and outcomes of patient care. It involves the use of information and communication technologies to manage and analyze health data, facilitate decision-making, and enhance the overall delivery of healthcare services. Here are key aspects of healthcare informatics:

  1. Electronic Health Records (EHRs):
    • EHRs are digital versions of patients’ paper charts, containing their medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and laboratory test results. Healthcare informatics plays a crucial role in the development and utilization of EHR systems.
  2. Health Information Exchange (HIE):
    • HIE enables the electronic sharing of patient information among different healthcare organizations and systems. It enhances care coordination, reduces duplication of tests, and improves communication among healthcare providers.
  3. Clinical Decision Support (CDS):
    • CDS systems assist healthcare providers in making informed decisions by providing relevant, evidence-based information at the point of care. This can include alerts, reminders, and clinical guidelines to support diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Telehealth and Telemedicine:
    • Healthcare informatics facilitates the use of telehealth and telemedicine technologies, allowing patients to receive medical consultations, monitoring, and follow-up care remotely. This is especially valuable for improving access to healthcare services.

The Field of Healthcare Informatics
The field of healthcare informatics (HI) is broad and developing. The health care sector’s emphasis on evidence-based medicine, quality improvement, and patient data protection and accessibility is driving demand. HI is evolving to keep up with advances in big data, data security regulations, and artificial intelligence. The multidisciplinary field of health informatics consists of:

  • data informatics
  • decision support systems
  • telemedicine,
  • ethics
  • consumer health informatics
  • international healthcare systems
  • global health informatics
  • translational research informatics
  • home care
  • information security
  • data privacy
  • artificial intelligence
  • healthcare

Actively design and develop telemedicine applications, medical ethics, and biostatistical guidelines, as well as medical decision support systems. Think about homecare, translational research informatics, global health informatics, international health care systems, and consumer health informatics. Consider medical informatics from a variety of angles.

Healthcare Informatics’ Future
Standards for computing power, data processing, and data security are developing and getting better. Although healthcare modernization is already under way, health informatics (HI) will continue to advance thanks to advancements in standards, technology, and the acceptance of patient information rights. You can keep up with the latest trends in your field by adding an advanced degree in health informatics or a similar field.

Some Sub topics of Healthcare Informatics:

Emerging technologies, epidemiology and health management, advanced statistics, health systems, telemedicine, Neuroengineering & Neuroinformatics, Computer Engineering in healthcare, medical Robotics and autonomics medicine, Syndromic Surveillance, Pediatric Asthma.

Healthcare informatics association:

  • AAPC (healthcare)
  • American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics
  • American College of Medical Informatics
  • American Health Information Management Association
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American Telemedicine Association
  • Australasian College of Health Informatics
  • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • Brazilian Society of Health Informatics
  • Ealth Informatics Society of Australia
  • Health Level Seven International
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Health Informatics Professional Associations

  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
  • Chilean Health Informatics Society
  • China Medical Informatics Association
  • Canada’s Health Informatics Association
  • Croatian Society for Medical Informatics
  • Cuban Society of Medical Informatics

Universities of Healthcare Informatics:
* George Mason University
* Marshall University
* Northeastern University
* State University of New York
* University of South Carolina
* University of Kansas
* University of Massachusetts
* Adelphi University
* Loyola University
* University of North Texas

Health Informatics Companies

  • Headquartered in Minnesota, Optum is a division of global healthcare giant UnitedHealth and one of the largest health informatics companies in the US.
  • Cerner Corp
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions.
  • Change Healthcare.
  • Dell EMC
  • Meditech
  • Health Jump