Informatics applied to Medicine. Many people prefer the term Health Informatics, as this recognises the contribution of a wide range of different professions to this dynamic and growing field. The field can be divided into the following main areas of interest:
- Electronic Patient Record
- Administrative resources
- Specialised applications, including decision support systems
- Knowledge resource management, e.g. database creation.
Introduction of systems
Change is difficult, and medical informatics is commonly mixed up in change. Planning for the introduction of a new system should start no later than production of the software.
See also information about health informatics in the NHS here.