Healthcare Informatics

Healthcare Informatics (a.k.a. health informatics, health care informatics, medical informatics, clinical informatics, or biomedical informatics) is information engineering applied to the field of healthcare, essentially the management and use of patient healthcare information. It is defined as “the integration of healthcare sciences, computer science, information science, and cognitive science to assist in the management of healthcare information” (Saba & McCormick, 2015, p. 232). In this emerging field, the question “What is Health Informatics?” is commonly asked. By definition, Healthcare Informatics connects people, technology, and data to better improve healthcare outcomes and safety by supporting operational, innovation and technological advancements globally.

Healthcare Informatics:

  • Drives operational efficiencies that enable streamlined comprehensive care and the protection of patient data
  • Covers healthcare data collection, storage, extraction, manipulation, reporting, and communications through technologies like Wearables, Mobile Apps, and Telehealth
  • Includes the design, configuration, and management of health information and clinical support systems