Medical informatics and the quality of health: new approaches to support patient care - findings from the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2003.
ABSTRACT OBJECTIVES: The Yearbook of Medical Informatics is published annually by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and contains a selection of excellent papers on medical informatics research which have been recently published (http://www. yearbook.uni-hd.de). The 2003 Yearbook of Medical Informatics took as its theme the role of medical informatics for the quality of health care. In this paper, we will discuss challenges for health care, and the lessons learned from editing IMIA Yearbook 2003. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Modern information processing methodology and information and communication technology have strongly influenced our societies and health care. As a consequence of this, medical informatics as a discipline has taken a leading role in the further development of health care. This involves developing information systems that enhance opportunities for global access to health services and medical knowledge. Informatics methodology and technology will facilitate high quality of care in aging societies, and will decrease the possibilities of health care errors. It will also enable the dissemination of the latest medical and health information on the web to consumers and health care providers alike. The selected papers of the IMIA Yearbook 2003 present clear examples and future challenges, and they highlight how various sub-disciplines of medical informatics can contribute to this.
Article: The future of medical informatics. Some perspectives of intra- and inter-institutional information systems.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Presenting the author's point of view on chances and challenges of medical informatics in research, education, and practice of information management, especially in the field of regional as well as institutional health information systems. Collecting and interpreting current issues concerning (health) information systems and their management from selected references. There are challenging research topics concerning information management, IT service management in small health care units, reference models, trustworthy architectures, service-oriented architectures. Medical informatics requires multidisciplinarity. Medicine and health care need medical informatics as a scientific, researching discipline.Methods of Information in Medicine 02/2009; 48(1):62-5. · 1.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Medicine and health care are developing to be and yet are driving economical factors worldwide and information and communication technology is one of their most important resources. Thus, there is a special need for effective and efficient information systems. These information systems have continually to be adjusted to changing demands stemming from innovation and trends in medicine (continuity of care, translational medicine), but also from trends in information technology and information management (e.g. SOA, "Green IT", ITIL). Teams worldwide meet the challenge and implement projects concerning information systems for hospitals, health care regions, or even nationwide health telematics like German teams do by introducing the electronic health card. Completing the IMIA "world wide vision to improve the health of the world population" by application of information ßŸ technology needs effective cooperation worldwide. As already stated in the bible (tower of babel) one common language is needed for cooperation. This requires a widely accepted terminology/ontology for describing information systems in health care, a common understanding of the domain and of the tasks to be supported by information systems, and shared methods for creating construction plans. As a small contribution we had proposed 3LGM² as an ontology to describe information systems, a reference model to describe the domain of health care information processing, and the 3LGM² tool to create models and plans for information systems in health care. In a joint project of the University of Leipzig (Germany) and Chiba University (Japan) we applied these concepts to systematically compare the information systems of the respective universities' medical centres. We regard this comparison as small but important step towards better cooperation between Asia and Europe in building health care information systems. The comparison unfolded e.g. differences concerning architectural styles, heterogeneity, redundancy, use of communication standards and organisation of information management between both hospitals. The confrontation of the information systems of both sites with each other using the same terminology provides new chances for sharing experiences and, thus, for cooperation. Despite of the differences, no reason could be found for rating one information system significantly better than the other. For doing this, a more thorough understanding of quality of information systems in health care and respective research is needed.Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics J Kor Soc Med Informatics. 01/2008; 14:87-9687.
Article: Towards clinical bioinformatics: advancing genomic medicine with informatics methods and tools.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: To summarize the challenges facing clinical applications in the light of growing research results in genomic medicine and bioinformatics. Analysis of the contents of the Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2004 of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). The Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2004 includes 32 articles selected from 22 peer-reviewed scientific journals. A special section on clinical bioinformatics highlights recent developments in this field. Several guest editors review the promises and limitations of available methods and resources from biomedical informatics that are relevant to clinical medicine. Integrated data and knowledge resources are generally regarded to be central and key issues for clinical bioinformatics. Further review papers deal with public health implications of bioinformatics, knowledge management and trends in health care education. The Yearbook includes for the first time a section on the history of medical informatics, where the significant impact of the Reisensburg protocol 1973 on international health and medical informatics education is examined. Close collaboration between bioinformatics and medical informatics researchers can contribute to new insights in genomic medicine and contribute towards the more efficient and effective use of genomic data to advance clinical care.Methods of Information in Medicine 02/2004; 43(3):302-7. · 1.53 Impact Factor