This essential text provides a readable yet sophisticated overview of the basic concepts of information technologies as they apply in healthcare. Spanning areas as diverse as the electronic medical record, searching, protocols, and communications as well as the Internet, Enrico Coiera has succeeded in making this vast and complex area accessible and understandable to the non-specialist, while providing everything that students of medical informatics need to know to accompany their course.
Fully revised, the third edition of Guide to Health Informatics remains essential reading for all health science undergraduates, clinical health professionals, and health service managers who need to appreciate and understand the role of informatics and its associated technologies for optimal practice and service delivery.
Table of Contents
Basic Concepts in Informatics
Information Systems in Healthcare
Information Management Systems
The Electronic Health Record
Designing and Evaluating Information and Communication Systems
Information System Safety
Guideline- and Protocol-Based Systems
Guidelines, Protocols and Evidence-Based Healthcare
Computer-Based Protocol Systems
Designing, Disseminating and Applying protocols
Communication Systems in Healthcare
Communication Systems Basics
Interlude—the Internet and the World Wide Web
Information and Communication Networks
Social Networks and Social Media Interventions
Telehealth and Mobile Health
Language, Coding and Classification
Terms, Codes and Classification
Healthcare Terminologies and Classification Systems
Natural Language and Formal Terminology
Clinical Decision Support and Analytics
Clinical Decision Support Systems
Interlude—Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
Computational Reasoning Methods
Model Building for Decision Support, Data Analysis and Scientific Discovery
Specialized Applications for Health Informatics
Patient Monitoring and Control
Population Surveillance and Public Health Informatics
Clinical Bioinformatics and Personalized Medicine
Consumer Health Informatics
Enrico Coiera, PhD, professor and director, Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
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"Comprehensive. Timely. Readable. Interesting. Useful as a textbook and/or reference. Relevant. Highly recommended... It is this reviewer’s opinion that this text is useful as a textbook and/or reference. It could easily serve the purpose as a textbook for an undergraduate biomedical engineering elective course, followed by, if possible, a course in database development. The text is highly relevant to engineers working in medicine, and is thus highly recommended." – Paul. H. King, Ph.D., P.E, Vanderbilt University, IEEE Pulse
"...should be required reading for every physician intending to enter a fellowship program in medical informatics, and it is also highly recommended to every doctor and medical student interested in this emerging medical specialty."
"A simply brilliant introduction to this fast developing field which is comprehensive, up to date, and at the same time sophisticated... It should be read by all healthcare professionals."
—2004 BMA Book Awards Judging Panel
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