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Biomedical and Health Informatics

  • By: William Hersh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Biomedical and health informatics (BMHI) is the field that is concerned with the acquisition of data, information, and knowledge to improve health, health care, public health, and research. BMHI is playing a growing role in health-related fields. On the clinical side, it is increasingly recognized for developing methods and tools to improve the quality and safety while reducing the cost of health care. For patients and consumers, it is seen as providing empowerment to use data and information to improve health. BMHI also makes contributions to research, especially in areas such as genomics, in which basic biological findings are translated to improved diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Basic Terminology of the Field

Before exploring the details of BMHI, the word informatics needs to be defined. This word ...

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