The systematic gathering and computerized recording of health-related data began in the United States about 50 years ago. By the 1970s, the pioneering work of Robert Ledley, often credited as the founder of informatics, was preparing the way for more elaborate medical projects using computers. The field now known as health informatics grew from these roots.
Heath informatics is a cross section of healthcare administration and is often defined as the intersection of healthcare, information technology and business. It involves not only the capture of medical information itself but the networks and applications that connect stakeholders and allow for the seamless sharing of information such as patient records, lab results and supply chain management data. The proliferation of computers and mobile devices is a catalyst for continuous reevaluation of how to effectively gather and share medical data to improve outcomes and lower costs.
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