"Medical informatics attempts to provide the theoretical and scientific basis for the application of computer and automated information systems to biomedicine and health affairs . . . medical informatics studies biomedical information, data, and knowledge - their storage, retrieval, and optimal use for problem-solving and decision-making" (Lindberg, D.A.B., NLM Long Range Plan. Report of the Board of Regents
, 1987, p. 31).
This category includes consumer health informatics, dental informatics, nursing informatics, and all other applications of computers to health.