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October 23/30, 2002

Medical Informatics: Improving Health Care Through Information

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Medical Informatics and Outcomes Research, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.


Contempo Updates Section Editor: Janet M. Torpy, MD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2002;288(16):1955-1958. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.1955

Health care is an information-based science. Much of clinical practice involves gathering, synthesizing, and acting on information. Medical informatics is the field concerned with the management and use of information in health and biomedicine. This article focuses on the problems that motivate work in this field, the emerging solutions, and the barriers that remain. It also addresses the core themes that underlie all applications of medical informatics and unify the scientific approaches across the field.

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