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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

Data, Tools, and Statistics

Data, etc., on health informatics.

  • MedlinePlus Connect - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  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.

  • CHIRr: Consumer Health Informatics Research Resource - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  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))  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 Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  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))  Details

    The CDC has assembled a selection of tools from a variety of resources to facilitate interoperability between systems and organizations.

  • Patient Identification and Matching State Report - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  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) U.S.)  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, complete UMLS Annual and SNOMED CT Reports.

  • Unified Medical Language System - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  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))  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

    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).

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

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

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

  • Extramural Grant Programs - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  Details

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

Meetings, Conferences, Webcasts

  • Disaster Recovery in the Cloud - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)  Details

    This on-demand one-hour webinar looks at the Cloud as a venue for Disaster Recovery.

  • 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)  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))  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.

  • 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.

  • 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))  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 - (Food and Drug Administration (FDA))  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 Management Systems Society (HIMSS) USA)  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.

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

  • 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, HHS (ONC))  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, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  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.