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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]

News: Health Informatics

  • New Data Available from the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS)--11-AUG-2017 - (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)  Details

    Fact sheet summarizes many of the new Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) data elements, organized by category. The T-MSIS will give both state and federal policymakers more and better information about state Medicaid programs: who is eligible to receive services, which services are provided and to whom, outcomes of care, and how much it costs-and they will have this information for all states, beneficiary groups, and payment systems.

Search Queries Using NLM Resources: Health Informatics

Data, Tools, and Statistics

Data, etc., on health informatics.

  • CHIRr: Consumer Health Informatics Research Resource - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    - 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.

  • Children's Electronic Health Record (EHR) Format - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    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.

  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    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), HHS)  Details

    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), NIH USA)  Details

    This page explains how you can link your patient portals and electronic health record systems to MedlinePlus.

  • Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool - (Federal Trade Commission (FTC))  Details

    This tool helps to determine which federal laws developers need to follow when building mobile health applications. Provided by the FTC, in cooperation with HHS, ONC, OTR, and FDA.

  • NLM Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    The VSAC provides downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs). Each value set consists of the numerical values (codes) and human-readable names (terms), drawn from standard vocabularies such as SNOMED CT®, RxNorm, LOINC and ICD-10-CM, which are used to define clinical concepts used in clinical quality measures (e.g., patients with diabetes, clinical visit).

  • Patient Identification and Matching State Report - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    This tool and guide is intended to assist in an initiative to identify steps to help ensure the accuracy of every patient's identity, and the availability of their information wherever and whenever care is needed.

  • UMLS Terminology Services - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    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, and complete UMLS Annual and SNOMED CT Reports.

  • Unified Medical Language System - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    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

Reports, etc., related to health informatics.

  • A Robust Health Data Infrastructure (2013) images/pdf.gif icon - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    The 2013 JASON report presented a means for the creation of robust health data infrastructure through the development of a unifying HIT software architecture that focused on the patient.

  • AMIA Academic Forum: Biomedical Informatics Core Competencies - (American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA))  Details

    The AMIA Academic Forum appointed a special task force to develop a formal definition of biomedical informatics and to specify the core competencies that should drive curriculum and course design for graduate training in the field. The definition and core competencies are outlined here.

  • Data for Individual Health (2014) images/pdf.gif icon - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Building on the JASON study, this report looked at the possibilites of developing a health data infrastructure capable of bridging from a health IT technology vision focused on the care of individuals to one focused on the health of individuals.

  • Health IT and Patient Safety - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    ONC addresses the issues surrounding the use of HIT in patient safety. The website links to various important documents.

  • Journal of Medical Internet Research - (JMIR Publications)  Details

    An open-access journal covering health informatics and health services/health policy, with a focus on emerging technologies in health, medicine, and biomedical research.

  • Meaningful Use - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    This site provides information on meaningful use and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

  • ONC HIT Certification Program (2013) images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    This document adds additional general program guidance related to surveillance, supplementing the "Permanent Certification Program Final Rule".

  • Report to Congress: Challenges and Barriers to Interoperability (2015) images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    A series of recommendations from the Clinical, Technical, Organizational and Financial Barriers to Interoperability Task Force to the Congress. Financial, policy and business barriers to interoperability are discussed.

  • The Science of Informatics - (American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA))  Details

    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) - (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH (NICHD))  Details

    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.

  • NLM Express Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics (R01) - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    An application to NLM's research grant program should focus on a well-defined research problem and propose a rigorous research design, based on preliminary studies, which will result in innovations that advance what is known in the field of informatics and have the capacity to improve human health.

  • Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01) - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    NLM seeks applications for novel informatics and data science approaches that can help individuals gather, manage and use data and information about their personal health. A goal of this program is to advance research and application by patients and the research community through broadly sharing the results via publication, and through open source mechanisms for data or resource sharing.

  • The Healthy Behavior Data Challenge - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    The Healthy Behavior Data (HBD) Challenge will support the development and implementation of prototypes to use novel methodologies and data sources (e.g., wearable devices, mobile applications, and/or social media) to enhance traditional healthy behaviors surveillance systems in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and/or sleep among the adult population aged 18 years and older in the US and US territories.

  • Telehealth Center of Excellence - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)  Details

    The primary purpose of this program is to examine the efficacy of telehealth[1] services in rural and urban areas.

  • Extramural Grant Programs - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    Grants are available for fundamental and applied research in biomedical informatics and bioinformatics.

  • NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    A week-long, immersive course on biomedical informatics, including methods, clinical informatics, big data and imaging, genomics, consumer health informatics, math modeling, and telemedicine.

  • Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    The Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) is a 2-year applied fellowship for professionals with a master's or higher degree in public health, health services research, or related fields. Professionals are trained to apply information science and technology to the practice of public health.

  • Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)  Details

    The purpose of this program is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to health care services, particularly substance abuse treatment services, in rural, frontier, and underserved communities.

Meetings, Conferences, Webcasts

  • 2017 ONC Annual Meeting - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    November 30 - December 1, 2017, Washington, DC.

  • IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI) - (IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)-USA)  Details

    A premier international forum concerned with the application of computer science principles, information science principles, information technology, and communication technology to address problems in healthcare public health, and everyday wellness.

  • Investing in Health IT: What the U.S. and Other Countries Are Learning: 10/29/10 Podcast - (Alliance for Health Policy USA, Commonwealth Fund, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    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?

  • eHealth Events - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    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.

Key Organizations/Programs (Domestic)

Key domestic health informatics organizations.

  • AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    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))  Details

    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) Details

    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.

  • DATA - Data Across Sectors for Health - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    DASH is a national initiative to support multi-sector collaborations sharing data and information to improve the health of their communities.

  • Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    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 - (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)  Details

    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.

  • HIMSS Foundation - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS))  Details

    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.

  • - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    Resource to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.

  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS))  Details

    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.

  • OpenNotes - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    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))  Details

    - 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 (ONC), HHS)  Details

    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 (HSR&D), VA)  Details

    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)

List international health informatics key organizations.

  • SnowMed International Details

    Formerly the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO), this organization is a not-for-profit association that develops and promotes use of SNOMED CT to support safe and effective health information exchange. SNOMED CT is a clinical terminology and is considered to be the most comprehensive, multilingual healthcare terminology in the world.