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...Informatics is an emerging discipline that has been defined as the study, invention, and implementation of structures and algorithms to improve communication, understanding and management of medical information. The end objective of biomedical informatics is the coalescing of data, knowledge, and the tools necessary to apply that data and knowledge in the decision-making process, at the time and place that a decision needs to be made. The focus on the structures and algorithms necessary to manipulate the information separates Biomedical Informatics from other medical disciplines where information content is the focus." Aamir M. Zakaria., MD "Medical Informatics Frequently Asked Questions"
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DIMDI - German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information - Publishes official medical classifications and maintains medical terminologies, thesauri, nomenclatures and catalogues, develops and operates database-supported information systems for drugs and medical devices and is responsible for a programme of health technology assessment. Health Informatics FAQ - Answers to various health informatics questions by Professor Vicki Sauter. eHealth News EU - A European eHealth News Portal, RSS feeds and news. HealthCyberMap - Web-based projects to map health information resources in cyberspace to improve retrieval and navigation. Range of pilot projects and evaluation questionnaire. The Medical Algorithms Project - Contains chapters covering all major medical topics. Provides computation, formula, survey, or look-up tables useful in health care. Towards Design Principles for Health Information Systems - Discussion of the semantics of the object of any recording (some view of “reality”) and those of the recording / organising / persisting process itself is distinguished, leading to a number of useful consequences and models. Author: Thomas Beale. The Cornerstones of Medical Informatics - Discusses four areas: structures to represent complex data and knowledge relationships, acquiring and presenting data to lessen overload, managing change to optimize information use and integrating information. Author: Nancy M. Lorenzi in Jnl. Am. Med. Inform. Assoc. Wikipedia - Health Informatics - Hyperlinked encyclopedia article about the field including its history, policy initiatives, law and professional journals.
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