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 Medical Informatics 

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Medical Informatics = the intersection of medicine and information science

What Medical Informaticians Do:

  • Work on highly collaborative interdisciplinary projects the involve design, development, adoption of information technology-based applications to improve healthcare delivery, management and planning
  • Deal with individual patient data and how clinicians interpret and use that data(involving the technology used to store and retrieve patient data, and the skills to use such technology both proficiently and critically)
  • Support research, teaching and health services administration.
  • Embrace the electronic patient record, data-capturing tools, analytic tools operating on patient and population levels, clinical practice guidelines and clinical decision support
  • Use various information resources such as MEDLINE, e-learning modalities, epidemiology and public health decision-making, communication systems, practice management tools, coding tools, standardized terminologies and other technologies
  • Add value to the continuum of medical education at Dalhousie: Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Continuing Medical Education

Dalhousie faculty share their views of Medical/Health Informatics and its impact

A Brief History:

  • July 1996: Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine established
  • Many past collaborations on research projects
  • September 2002: enrolled the first class of a unique collaborative program: the Master of Health Informatics
    • The first graduate Health Informatics program in Canada
    • The result of a collaboration between the Faculties of Medicine, Computer Science and Business Administration.

Related Reports:



Medical Informatics Faculty Publish Book Chapters

Congratulations to Brett Taylor, Grace Paterson, Jacqueline MacDonald and Naomi Nonnekes Mensink for their book chapters in the forthcomingResearch Perspectives on the Role of Informatics in Health Policy and Management (El Morr C, editor) coming out in early August 2013.

In it, Brett has authored Chapter 1: Decision-making and Decision Support in Acute Care; and Grace, Jackie and Naomi have co-authored Chapter 8: Research Perspectives on the Role of Informatics in Health Policy and Management.


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