...Informatics is an emerging discipline that has been defined as the study, invention, and implementation of structures and algorithms to improve communication, understanding and management of medical information. The end objective of biomedical informatics is the coalescing of data, knowledge, and the tools necessary to apply that data and knowledge in the decision-making process, at the time and place that a decision needs to be made. The focus on the structures and algorithms necessary to manipulate the information separates Biomedical Informatics from other medical disciplines where information content is the focus." Aamir M. Zakaria., MD "Medical Informatics Frequently Asked Questions"
Publishes official medical classifications and maintains medical terminologies, thesauri, nomenclatures and catalogues, develops and operates database-supported information systems for drugs and medical devices and is responsible for a programme of health technology assessment.
Discussion of the semantics of the object of any recording (some view of “reality”) and those of the recording / organising / persisting process itself is distinguished, leading to a number of useful consequences and models. Author: Thomas Beale.
Discusses four areas: structures to represent complex data and knowledge relationships, acquiring and presenting data to lessen overload, managing change to optimize information use and integrating information. Author: Nancy M. Lorenzi in Jnl. Am. Med. Inform. Assoc.