First thing first, the ultimate objective of health informatics is to empower communities, populations, and individuals with the possibility to measure, monitor and improve the quality of their healthcare as a whole.
Health informatics is a field that embodies as a profession and as a discipline interdependently. It is interesting to be aware that health informatics as a discipline influences its professions and vice versa. Though it is at its infant stage, health informatics witnessed a surge of exponential growth from all the frontiers that intertwine within its borders. Health IT touches nearly to all aspects of healthcare recently, we are experiencing a digital revolution in which technologies are assisting, executing or even deciding the course of a medical procedure!
Few exemplary mentions, we will discuss the following in more details as we progress.
- Robotics as intelligent assistants for surgery, nursing, and hospital transportation errands
- Telehealth for consulting, diagnosis, and prescription.
- Tele-ICUs in more remote geographical areas that have had low access to hospital nodes
- Virtual Reality in Simulation Centers and Surgical Training
Given the rapid changes that we are experiencing in healthcare, a strong foundation of the concepts, principles, methods and science behind health informatics is necessary.
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