Author Affiliation: Department of Medical Informatics
& Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.
In the 3 decades since the term “medical informatics” was
first used, individuals working at the intersection of information technology
(IT) and medicine have developed and evaluated computer applications aiming
to improve health and health care.1 The road
to successful use of IT in medicine has not been easy, with examples of failures
in both computer systems and networks.2,3 However,
a variety of applications from the field of medical informatics have matured
in recent years.4
Hersh W. Health Care Information TechnologyProgress and Barriers. JAMA. 2004;292(18):2273–2274. doi:10.1001/jama.292.18.2273
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