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Health Informatics is "the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management and planning." Procter, R. Dr. (Editor, Health Informatics Journal, Edinburgh, United Kingdom). Definition of health informatics [Internet]. Message to: Virginia Van Horne (Content Manager, HSR Information Central, Bethesda, MD). 2009 Aug 16 [cited 2009 Sept 21]. [1 paragraph]

Data, Tools, and Statistics

  • Children's Electronic Health Record (EHR) Format - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - This format provides information to EHR system developers and others about the requirements that need to be present in an EHR system to address health care needs of children, especially those enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP.
  • CHIRr: Consumer Health Informatics Research Resource - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - This resource provides a resource of outcome variables and suggested measures to guide a comprehensive consumer health informatics assessment. The resource provides a reservoir of suggested outcome variables that make it easier to engage in health communication and related consumer health informatics intervention research.
  • Health Information Technology and Health Data Standards at NLM - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - Describes the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) role in the development of health information technology (HIT) and data standards. Also provides links to additional federal resources in the areas of HIT and data standards.
  • The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite - (Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS))  - This is a growing database of use studies, related to health-IT.
  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  - HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software employed in Health Services Research, the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed.
  • Meaningful Use Tools - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The CDC has assembled a selection of tools from a variety of resources to facilitate interoperability between systems and organizations.
  • MedlinePlus Connect - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - This page explains how you can link your patient portals and electronic health record systems to MedlinePlus.
  • NLM Tools for EHR Certification and Meaningful Use - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - This website provides vocabulary standards, applications, and related tools that can be used to meet US EHR certification criteria and to achieve Meaningful Use of EHRs.
  • UMLS Terminology Services - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - From this website you can, request a UMLS Metathesaurus License and create a UTS account, search and display content from UTS Applications, download data files, query data, complete UMLS Annual and SNOMED CT Reports.
  • Unified Medical Language System - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - The UMLS integrates and distributes key terminology, classification and coding standards, and associated resources to promote creation of more effective and interoperable biomedical information systems and services, including electronic health records.

Guidelines, Journals, Other Publications

  • AMIA Academic Forum: Biomedical Informatics Core Competencies - (American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA))  - AMIA has been working toward the development of informatics competencies with the academic units that constitute AMIA's Academic Forum. committee will gather to review your feedback at a two-day meeting on the Thursday immediately following the upcoming AMIA conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The committee will present a final manuscript for endorsement by Academic Forum members on June 17, 2010. If approved, the BMI Core Competencies will be presented to the AMIA Board of Directors for approval and publication in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).
  • Enabling Medication Management Through Health Information Technology (Health IT) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - This report reviews the literature on the effects of health IT on medication management and synthesizes available evidence regarding the effectiveness and effects of health IT in all phases of medication management as well as reconciliation and education. Gaps are identified; recommendations are made.
  • Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 (2014) images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - The period of public comments for this plan, which looks at the ways in which electronic health information can be collected, shared, and used of electronic health information to better health care, is open until February 6, 2015.
  • Health Communication & Informatics Research Resources - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Lists links to health communication and informatics research. Topics include health informatics, health communication, cancer information, general health information, digital divide, risk communication bibliography, and conference information.
  • Health IT and Patient Safety - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - ONC addresses the issues surrounding the use of HIT in patient safety. The website links to various important documents.
  • Health IT Buzz - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - From the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), this blog was created to answer questions about the nation's transition to electronic health records and to create a conversation about the challenges and successes health care providers, physicians, practices, and organizations are experiencing as they transition from paper to electronic health records.
  • Informatics for Consumer Health - (Department of Commerce (DOC) US, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S., National Science Foundation (NSF) US)  - InformaticsForConsumerHealth.org involves stakeholders from various sectors-commercial IT, government, health care, education and research, advocacy-exchanging ideas and resources to bridge information technology and health care with the goal of improving behavioral support for all consumers. Access news and reports, articles, funding announcements, and events.
  • Meaningful Use - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - This site provides information on meaningful use and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
  • ONC HIT Certification Program images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - This document adds additional general program guidance related to surveillance, supplementing the "Permanent Certification Program Final Rule".
  • The Science of Informatics - (American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA))  - This website explains the science of informatics, and provides access to a slide set, available for downloading.

Grants, Funding, and Fellowships

  • Resource Program Grants in Bioinformatics (P41) - (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH (NICHD))  - This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications supporting the continued operation, improvement, and dissemination of databases, digital information, or software tools that are unique, and of special importance to research using animal models of embryonic developmental processes.
  • Revisions for Early-Stage Development of Informatics Technology (P01) - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - This Funding Opportunity invites revisions from currently funded NCI P01 program projects for early-stage development of informatics technologies to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge.

Meetings, Conferences, Webcasts

  • Briefing on National Survey of Consumers and Health IT - (California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF))  - The California HealthCare Foundation hosted a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. to release the findings from a study on Americans' attitudes and experiences with health information technology. The findings document specific health benefits reported by people who have been using personal health records.
  • eHealth Events - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - Upcoming and past eHealth webinars to educate the health care community about eHealth programs and resources available to help align health information technology (Health IT) and electronic standards programs.
  • Investing in Health IT: What the U.S. and Other Countries Are Learning: 10/29/10 Podcast - (Alliance for Health Reform US, Commonwealth Fund, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - This briefing addressed questions such as: What have the U.S. and other countries learned from their experience with health IT? How is the adoption of this technology progressing in the U.S. across the many different types of health care settings? How are we developing standards for "meaningful use" of health IT?

Key Organizations/Programs (Domestic)

  • AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - AHRQ initiative containing information on programs that promote the use of health information technology. Central repository for research findings from projects developing, testing, and using health IT applications.
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) - (American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA))  - Professional community that improves healthcare by advancing best practices and standards for health information management and the trusted source for education, research, and professional credentialing.
  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) - The AMIA is the professional home for biomedical and health informatics. AMIA is dedicated to promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in health care in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy.
  • Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - The Official Web Site for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
  • FDA's Sentinel Initiative - (Food and Drug Administration (FDA))  - Launched in May 2008 by FDA, the Sentinel Initiative aims to develop and implement a proactive system that will complement existing systems that the Agency has in place to track reports of adverse events linked to the use of its regulated products.
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)  - The healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.
  • HealthIT.gov - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - Resource to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.
  • HIMSS Foundation - (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) USA)  - Established in 1986, the HIMSS Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of HIMSS, providing support and assistance to the organization, its members, and the industry.
  • Medical Informatics Section, Medical Librarians Association (MLA) - The Medical Informatics Section, established in 1988, provides a forum for education and communication among medical librarians, health professionals and other information sciences professionals. Access blogs, reports, professional development resources, etc..
  • OpenNotes - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - The results of a study, this program invites patients to review their visit notes written by their doctors, nurses, or other clinicians, in an effort to improve communications between professionals and patients, and to better involve patients in their health care.
  • Public Health Informatics Institute - (Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII))  - The Institute is known for its expertise as a neutral convener of public health professionals and their stakeholders, transforming health practitioners' ability to apply information effectively in order to improve health outcomes worldwide.
  • State Health Information Exchange - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - Data on the program, which was designed to fund states' efforts to build capacity for exchanging health information across the health care system is contained on this website.
  • VA Information Resource Center - (Health Services Research and Development Service, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  - VIReC develops and disseminates knowledge about databases of interest to VA researchers; provides service to researchers who require information about data resources specific to their research; and represents interests of researchers regarding VA databases and information systems.

Key Organizations (International)

  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) International Affairs Committee - (American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA))  - The mission of AMIA's International Affairs Committee is to participate in the international scientific community for biomedical informatics research and to support the increasing use of health informatics globally to improve public health and the quality and efficiency of health care.
  • International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) - Independent organization established under Swiss law in 1989. IMIA plays a major global role in the application of information science and technology in the fields of healthcare and research in medical, health and bio informatics.