Health Informatics: Practical Guide

8th Edition

Anticipated Publication Date: August, 2022

Editor

William Hersh, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University
Email: hersh@ohsu.edu
Web: http://www.billhersh.info
Blog: https://informaticsprofessor.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/williamhersh

Book site URL: http://www.informaticsbook.info
Book Cover

This is the Web site for the textbook, Health Informatics: Practical Guide, 8th Edition. The contents on this page include:

Overview of Book

Welcome to the 8th Edition of Health Informatics: Practical Guide. The goal of this textbook is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of health informatics (also known as biomedical and health informatics or just plain informatics) for students. The book can also serve as a current update for those who are already practitioners. As in any professional field, there is a knowledge base and history of scientific progress in informatics that informs current practice.

The impetus for this book came from Robert Hoyt, MD, who served as the lead Editor for the first seven editions. In preparing the seventh edition, Dr. Hoyt engaged me as a Co-Editor, with the plan for me to become the Editor of the 8th edition, and hopefully beyond. Dr. Hoyt and his wife Dr. Ann Yoshihashi have been great mentors in the process of putting a book like this together. As with the previous editions, the book will be available in print and ebook formats.

This book is aimed at those who wish to learn about the field of biomedical and health informatics. The content is almost completely redone from previous editions and roughly follows a course I have taught for three decades to about 5000 students in a graduate course at Oregon Health & Science University, the American Medical Informatics Association 10x10 ("ten by ten") program, and a number of other derivative courses for medical students, graduate students, and health IT professionals. I have engaged a variety of other authors for many of the chapters to give additional expertise and perspective. This edition of the book is completely rewritten from earlier editions, reflecting the profound change and progress in the field.

Where to Buy

The print and ebook versions will be available for purchase in mid-August 2022 at the following sites (direct links to be provided when they are available):

The ISBN numbers for the print and ebook versions will be active once the book is published:

Table of Contents

The chapters of the book include:
  1. Introduction to Biomedical and Health Informatics
  2. A Short History of Biomedical and Health Informatics
  3. Computing Concepts for Biomedicine and Health
  4. Electronic Health Records
  5. Standards and Interoperability
  6. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  7. Clinical Decision Support
  8. Natural Language Processing
  9. The Role of Health Informatics in Safety, Quality, and Value
  10. Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  11. EHR System Selection and Implementation
  12. Telemedicine and Telehealth
  13. Privacy and Security
  14. Information Retrieval (Search)
  15. Clinical Research Informatics
  16. Translational Bioinformatics
  17. Nursing Informatics
  18. Consumer Health Informatics
  19. Public Health Informatics
  20. Evidence-Based Medicine
  21. Imaging Informatics
  22. Ethical Issues in Health Informatics
  23. Human-Computer Interaction

Preview of Content

Sample of Chapter 1

Errata

Once the book is published, we are likely to find (some, hopefully not many!) errors. This site will keep a running list of identified errors in the text.

Editors and Authors

Editor

William Hersh, MD, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA, FIAHSI
Professor and Chair
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR, USA

Managing Editor

Kate Fultz Hollis, MS, MBI, FAMIA
Informatician
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR, USA

Chapter authors

Alex A.T. Bui, PhD
Professor, Departments of Radiological Sciences, Bioengineering & Bioinformatics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Harry Burke
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Section of Safety, Quality and Value
Biomedical Informatics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD, USA

Hugo O. Campos
Participant Partner and Community Advisory Board member, All of Us Research Program
Oakland, CA, USA

Bimal R. Desai, MD, MBI, FAAP, FAMIA
Chief Health Informatics Officer
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Brian E. Dixon, MPA, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA, FHIMSS
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Center for Biomedical Informatics, Regenstrief Institute
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Michelle R. Hribar, PhD, FAMIA
Assistant Professor
Medical Informatics & Ophthalmology
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon, USA

William Hsu, PhD
Associate Professor, Departments of Radiological Sciences, Bioinformatics, & Bioengineering
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Susan C. Hull, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAMIA
Principal, Consumer Health Informatics
MITRE Labs, Health Innovation Center
The MITRE Corporation
McLean, VA, USA

Elizabeth Hutchins, MD
Medical Informatics Home Area
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Robert A Jenders, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI, FHL7, FAMIA
Senior Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Professor of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Co-Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics
Professor of Medicine
Charles Drew University
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Michelle R. Jones, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Science
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Katherine K. Kim, PhD, MPH, MBA
Principal, Consumer Health Informatics and Health Science
MITRE Corporation, Health Innovation Center
McLean, VA
Adjunct Associate Professor
University of California Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences
Davis, CA, USA

Ruowang Li, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Computational Biomedicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Ken Masters, PhD
Associate Professor: Medical Informatics
Sultan Qaboos University
Sultanate of Oman

Jason H. Moore, PhD, FACMI, FIAHSI, FASA
Professor and Chair
Department of Computational Biomedicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Thomas H Payne, MD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA, USA

John Rasmussen
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
Syneos Health
Morrisville, NC, USA

Kirk Roberts, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Biomedical Informatics
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, TX, USA

Sayantani Sarkar, PhD
Post-doctoral Scholar
University of California Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences
Davis, CA, USA

Sony Tuteja, PharmD, BCPS, FAHA
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Anurag Verma, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Tamara J. Winden PhD, FAMIA, FHIMSS
Vice President
Sanford Research and Innovation
Sanford Health
Sioux Falls, SD, USA

Al Rahrooh
Medical Informatics Home Area
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Anil Yadav
Department of Bioengineering
UCLA Samueli School of Engineering
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Last updated - July 20, 2022