3rd Edition

Guide to Health Informatics

By Enrico Coiera Copyright 2015
    711 Pages 186 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    Basic Concepts in Informatics
    Information Systems

    Informatics Skills
    Making Decisions

    Information Systems in Healthcare
    Information Management Systems
    The Electronic Health Record
    Designing and Evaluating Information and Communication Systems
    Information System Safety
    Information Economics

    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


    Edited by

    Enrico Coiera, PhD, professor and director, Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

    "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