Synopses & Reviews
The practice of modern medicine and biomedical research requires sophisticated information technologies with which to manage patient information, plan diagnostic procedures, interpret laboratory results, and carry out investigations. Biomedical Informatics provides both a conceptual framework and a practical inspiration for this swiftly emerging scientific discipline at the intersection of computer science, decision science, information science, cognitive science, and biomedicine. Now revised and in its third edition, this text meets the growing demand by practitioners, researchers, and students for a comprehensive introduction to key topics in the field. Authored by leaders in medical informatics and extensively tested in their courses, the chapters in this volume constitute an effective textbook for students of medical informatics and its areas of application. The book is also a useful reference work for individual readers needing to understand the role that computers can play in the provision of clinical services and the pursuit of biological questions. The volume is organized so as first to explain basic concepts and then to illustrate them with specific systems and technologies.
From the reviews of the third edition: "The third edition, renamed Biomedical Informatics in recognition of the converging course of clinical systems with systems that support molecular biology and genetics ... shows substantial growth in both pages and breadth of coverage relative to earlier editions. ... overall the book is commendably readable ... . In addition to its primary audience of students ... the text's accumulated wisdom and lessons learned can help educate any health professional responsible for selecting information systems to be acquired and used in office and institutional settings." (Daniel Masys, JAMA, Vol. 296 (21), December, 2006) "An introduction to an important area in biomedical informatics with suggested additional reading and highlighted concepts. 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. ... 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." (David M. Liebovitz, Doody's Review Service, July, 2008)
In its revised 3rd edition, this book provides a conceptual framework and a practical inspiration for a swiftly emerging scientific discipline at the intersection of computer science, decision science, information science, cognitive science, and biomedicine.
About the Author
Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University Medical Center.
Table of Contents
Recurrent Themes in Medical Informatics: The Computer Meets Medicine and Biology: Emergence of a Discipline; Medical Data: Their Acquisition, Storage, and Use; Medical Decision-Making: Probabilistic Medical Reasoning; Essential Concepts for Medical Computing; System Design and Engineering; Standards in Medical Informatics; Ethics and Health Informatics: Uses, Standards, and Outcomes; Evaluation and Technology Assessment.- Medical Computing Applications: Computer-Based Patient-Record Systems; Management of Clinical Information in Integrated Delivery Networks; Public Health and Consumer Uses of Health Information: Education, Research, Policy, Prevention, and Quality Assurance; Patient Care Systems; Patient-Monitoring Systems; Imaging Systems; Information-Retrieval Systems; Clinical Decision-Support Systems; Computers in Medical Education; Bioinformatics.- Medical Informatics in the Years Ahead: Health Care and Information Technology: Growing Up Together; The Future of Computer Applications in Health Care.