Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Informatics
Informatics in healthcare is the field of study that deals with the use of information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. It encompasses a wide range of areas such as clinical informatics, bioinformatics, public health informatics, and consumer health informatics.
Clinical informatics focuses on the use of IT and IS in clinical settings to improve patient care, such as electronic health records (EHRs), computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems, and clinical decision support systems.
Bioinformatics is the use of IT and IS to manage and analyze biological data, such as genetic information and imaging data, to support biomedical research and drug development.
Public health informatics deals with the use of IT and IS to support public health activities, such as disease surveillance and outbreak investigation.
Consumer health informatics is the use of IT and IS to support patient self-care and education, such as online health communities and personal health records (PHRs).
Informatics in healthcare plays a critical role in improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. It helps healthcare professionals to make informed decisions, improve patient engagement, and facilitate communication and collaboration among healthcare providers.