Guide to Health Informatics, 2Ed / Edition 2

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This brilliant guide to medical informatics is an easy to read overview of the basic concepts of information and communication technologies in healthcare. Not only does the book cover the complexities and implications of the increasing use of information technology in healthcare, but it also explores the basic principles of informatics that govern clinical decisions and behaviour.

The 2nd edition of 'A Guide to Health Informatics' is particularly of interest for clinical health professionals and medical/health science students. As before, the emphasis throughout the book is clinically relevant. New to this restructured and updated edition is a section on searching for, structuring and using information, new material on evidence-based medicine and discussion of the internet and patient use. Key areas such as the Internet, the Web and healthcare have been updated to reflect current issues.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an excellent academic review of all aspects of information technology that are applied to healthcare."

"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 Medical Book Competition

" ... this book will give students who work in health a good academic background to health informatics. I will recommend that they do purchase it if they intend to complete the degree programme. I have also recommended this book to be included in the reading list for the NHS Professional Awards."
—Jean Gilbert, Lecturer at the University of Derby

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340764251
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Enrico Coiera
Professor and Foundation Chair of Medical Informatics
University of New South Wales, Australia

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Table of Contents

Part One Basic Concepts in Informatics
Chapter 1 Models
Chapter 2 Information
Chapter 3 Information Systems
Part Two Informatics Skills
Chapter 4 Communicating
Chapter 5 Structuring
Chapter 6 Questioning
Chapter 7 Searching
Chapter 8 Making Decisions
Part Three Information Systems in Healthcare
Chapter 9 Information Management Systems
Chapter 10 The electronic medical record
Chapter 11 Designing and evaluating information systems
Part Four Protocol-based Systems
Chapter 12 Protocols and Evidence-based healthcare
Chapter 13 Computer-based protocol systems in healthcare
Chapter 14 Disseminating and applying protocols
Chapter 15 Designing protocols
Part Five Language, Coding and Classification
Chapter 16 Terms, codes and classification
Chapter 17 Healthcare terminologies and classification systems
Chapter 18 The trouble with coding
Part Six Communication Systems in Healthcare
Chapter 19 Communication system basics
Chapter 20 Communication technology
Chapter 21 Clinical communication and telemedicine
Part Seven The Internet
Chapter 22 The Internet and World Wide Web
Chapter 23 Web health services
Chapter 24 Information Economics and the Internet
Part Eight Clinical Decision Support Systems
Chapter 25 Clinical Decision Support Systems
Chapter 26 Intelligent Systems
Chapter 27 Intelligent monitoring and control
Chapter 28 Biosurveillance
Chapter 29 Bioinformatics

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