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From The CriticsReviewer: David M. Liebovitz, MD(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This comprehensive overview of the field of biomedical informatics is an update of the previously titled Medical Informatics from 2000. Each chapter provides an introduction to an important area in biomedical informatics with suggested additional reading and highlighted concepts.
Purpose: The book is intended to be used in formal courses by health professions students and by biomedical computing students. In addition, it is designed to serve as a reference for established practitioners, conveying concepts in biomedical informatics while providing illustrative examples.
Audience: According to the authors, this book will serve the needs of students in introductory courses while also providing a useful reference for practitioners. The contributors are leading authorities.
Features: The book addresses the breadth of the current field of biomedical informatics at an introductory level. It is especially useful for introducing the big picture of medical information management while providing intriguing glimpses into the many varied subdisciplines in this broad field. Bolded key concepts and questions for discussion are useful from an independent study perspective as well as for facilitating effective integration into a course syllabus.
Assessment: Overall, this is an essential contribution to enhancing education in biomedical informatics. The update is timely and relevant and it compares especially favorably in breadth as an introductory text.