Clinical Informatics, also referred to as Health Informatics, is the interdisciplinary study of data, information and computing technology (ICT) and communication with respect to human health conditions; including understanding, developing, integrating, and applying ICT innovations to advance comprehension of human health and the delivery of health and social care.
Research in the field may range from:
- Understanding how people interface with ICT in healthcare, including electronic medical record (EMR) systems and patient care portals;
- To developing methods to collect, manage, provide security for, and analyse clinical data and ‘big data’;
- To life-course studies of human health and disease, as well as clinical epidemiological studies of specific conditions;
- To developing interventions for clinical decision support, safety alerts, and data visualisation to facilitate optimal healthcare delivery;
- Innovative communications with patients to facilitate their appropriate and informed use of health and social services;
- Along with developing ethical and information governance frameworks and data usage policies and procedures for assurance of high-quality ethical use of patient and service user data.
Disciplines involved in clinical informatics include medicine, biology, ICT, computer science, epidemiology, data science, psychology, other social sciences, linguistics, engineering, statistics, mathematics, and many others.
The overall aim of work in Clinical Informatics is to use modern technologies to advance our ability understand health and health problems, support translational research, develop effective interventions for healthcare delivery, and improve our ability to provide cutting-edge healthcare in the safest, most timely way possible.