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Medical informatics: once more towards systematization.
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PMID:  8952299     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Commenting on a paper by Van Bemmel (Medical Informatics, Art or Science? [1]), the following questions are raised: What is the meaning of medical informatics?, How to systematize medical informatics?, is medical informatics an art, a science or a technology?. It is argued that medical informatics is concerned with the systematic processing of data, information and knowledge in medicine and health care, and that medical informatics is not just the application of computers in these fields. Three classifications for medical informatics research and education are presented. It is concluded that medical informatics is a scientific medical discipline, similar to surgery, internal medicine, epidemiology, or microbiology; and that medical informatics has a strong relationship with the health sciences concerning its field of application, and to informatics concerning its methods and tools. It is a cross-sectional discipline, with relevance for virtually all other specialties of medicine and the health sciences. This is the reason for its impact on research and education in these specialties. It also causes that the quality of the processing of data, information and knowledge has a direct and considerable effect upon the quality of health care in practically all these specialties.
R Haux
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Editorial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Methods of information in medicine     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0026-1270     ISO Abbreviation:  Methods Inf Med     Publication Date:  1996 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-01-03     Completed Date:  1997-01-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210453     Medline TA:  Methods Inf Med     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  189-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Delivery of Health Care*
Medical Informatics / education,  trends*
Quality of Health Care

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