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Introduction to Health Informatics
A Canadian Perspective
The first of its kind, this engaging textbook unpacks health informatics from a uniquely Canadian perspective. With a bottom up approach, author Christo El Morr identifies how health informatics influences and affects a range of Canadian healthcare stakeholders including populations, patients, doctors, nurses, managers, clinicians, and governments. Presented in a clear and concise way, section one equips students with an overview of health informatics building blocks: computers, networks, databases, and user interfaces. Section two details major health informatics systems: picture archiving, communication systems, data warehousing, and business intelligence. Finally, section three explores challenges with privacy, confidentiality, security, and emerging trends such as big data, gamification, and wearable technologies.
Packed with key terms, reflection activities, quizzes, a test bank, and assignments, this comprehensive introductory textbook is an invaluable read for undergraduate students, educators, and practitioners in the health informatics, health management, health policy, or global health fields.
Table of Contents
SECTION I: BUILDING BLOCKS
Chapter 1: Introduction to Health Informatics 3
Chapter 2: Computers and Networks 21
Chapter 3: Databases and Information Systems 57
Chapter 4: Information System Analysis and Design 84
Chapter 5: The Human Factor: Usability and User Experience 101
SECTION II: HEALTH INFORMATICS SYSTEMS
Chapter 6: Information Systems in Hospitals 123
Chapter 7: Telemedicine 147
Chapter 8: Consumer Health Informatics 172
Chapter 9: Public Health Informatics 199
Chapter 10: Electronic Health Records 230
SECTION III: CHALLENGES AND EMERGING TRENDS
Chapter 11: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security 267
Chapter 12: Emerging Trends in Health Informatics 290
“This first of its kind health informatics textbook provides a unique and very interactive introduction to the key concepts within the field of health informatics in Canada. The guiding framework adopted provides students with a rich and practical foundation of the topic paired with the associated technical aspects specific to healthcare. Students will gain valuable knowledge about the significance of data, how it is generated and used to create personal health records and electronic health records, the different types of systems used in Canada, and the several telemedicine applications available across the country. Highlighting both the current and future trends and challenges, this textbook enables students to be successful leaders in the field of health informatics.”— Pria Nippak, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Health Services Management, Ryerson University
“A great introduction for students to health informatics in Canada! The text provides an excellent overview of the key concepts, health information technologies, and future directions of health informatics research, applications, and professionalism with a Canadian focus.”— Elizabeth Borycki, RN, PhD, Professor, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria
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