Medical Informatics is a sub-discipline of Health Informatics where skills in both medical and computer sciences come together in an effort to improve Healthcare and patient outcomes. Professionals in this hybrid field draw on expertise from both disciplines to put technology to its best use in patient care, clinical, and research settings.
Medical Informatics professionals are tasked with using information technology to its greatest advantage in the healthcare industry. This means they are responsible for such tasks as:
- Creating, maintaining or facilitating new ways for medical facilities and practices to keep Electronic Health Records - EHR and Electronic Medical Records - EMR,
- Improving communication between Healthcare providers and facilities to ensure the best patient outcomes,
- Storing, managing and analyzing data for research,
- Assisting with complex, technology-dependent research, such as that involved in Human Genome Sequencing.