Posts tagged Informatics
The open source regime is not new to the world. Generally, the term open source refers to non-proprietor based software that is available to all the programmers/coders of the world in terms of source code and for free. The notion of open source health informatics can ideally be considered as a fresh provision for the health sector to process health related data. Laboratory Information and Management Systems are a very good example of Open Source Health Information Systems.
The infusion of Information Technology in the field of health and medicine has led to the rebirth of the said field. Technological advancements that have affected the field of health have affected the human society as a whole directly and have mostly proved to be beneficial rather than hazardous.
Formally speaking, the definition of Medical Informatics, as quoted at openclinical.com, is stated as follows:
Medical Informatics is the “scientific field that deals with biomedical information, data, and knowledge – their storage, retrieval, and optimal use for problem solving and decision making. It accordingly touches on all basic and applied fields in biomedical science and is closely tied to modern information technologies, notably in the areas of computing and communication (medical computer science)”
[Stanford Medical Informatics].