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What is Informatics?

The field concerned with optimal use of information, often aided by the use of technology, to improve individual health, health care,public health, and biomedical research
1. Hersh W. A stimulus to define informatics and health information technology. BMC MedInform Decis Mak. 2009;9:24.

What is Public Health Informatics?

Public health informatics differs from other informatics specialties in that it
1. A focus on applications of information science and technology that promote the
health of populations, rather than of individuals;
2. A focus on disease prevention, rather than treatment;
3. A focus on preventive intervention at all vulnerable points in the causal chains
leading to disease, injury, or disability; and
4. Operation typically within a governmental, rather than a private, context. 
Magnuson JA & Fu, PC jr
Public Health Informatics and Information Sysytems
London: Springer 2014
Chapter 1 Introduction to Public Health Informatics p.5
Magnuson & O'Carroll




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