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What Does Health Informatics Mean?

Health informatics (HI) is the design, development and execution of IT resources, specifically for medical health business processes. It is the coupling and alignment of IT and health sciences to build comprehensive health information systems providing specialized IT services for the health care industry.

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Health informatics is also known as health care informatics or medical informatics.

Techopedia Explains Health Informatics

Health informatics is designed to aid medical practitioners in using IT systems and implementing controls to manage medical data. Medical informatics is compromised of sophisticated medical processes, algorithms and scientific formulas integrated within technology.

Health informatics is governed and standardized by various associations and groups, developing guidelines, best practices, frameworks and regulatory requirements in developing and operating medical information systems. These include Health Metric Network, HN7, LONIC among others.

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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.