This resource guide is intended to provide comprehensive information and resources related to health informatics. Also known as health information systems, healthcare informatics, medical informatics, nursing informatics, biomedical informatics and clinical informatics, it is a field that is growing faster than most other occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The goal of this guide is to provide those interested in the field of informatics or the study of informatics with abundant and varied information related to the subject. Included below are eight categories that contain lists of organizational names, descriptions, websites, Facebook and Twitter accounts and other useful health informatics information.
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) – The American Medical Informatics Association connects informatics professionals and students through education, meetings, research programs and policy. For over 35 years AMIA has worked to transform health care through knowledge and collaboration between research, consumers and public health.
International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) – IMIA is a bridge between organizations working in health informatics and biomedical informatics. IMIA offers leadership and expert guidance to associations and policy makers as a way to improve healthcare.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) – The American Health Information Management Association is a global association of leaders in informatics, health information management and health data technology. AHIMA promotes technological advances in health information systems in an ethical and appropriate manner as well as making sure health information is accurate and trustworthy.
Association for Pathology Informatics (API) – The Association for Pathology Informatics promotes pathology informatics academically and as a clinical subspecialty. Pathology informatics involves collecting, examining and storing data from laboratories to better understand disease processes and improve patient care.
Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) – The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems is for physicians who are interested in or are responsible for health information technology. AMDIS members attempt to improve medical practice through advancing Applied Medical Informatics. AMDIS offers networking opportunities, presentations, programs and conference.
National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) – The National Association of Health Data Organizations is an educational association focused on improving the collection and use of healthcare data. NAHDO membership includes both private and state government agencies that maintain healthcare databases.
American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) – Through research, education and professional activities, the American Nursing Informatics Association works to advance nursing informatics. ANIA has more than 3,000 professional members in over 30 countries.
Informatics Societies and Professional Organizations
American Society of Health Informatics Managers (ASHIM)
The American Society of Health Informatics Managers is for technical professionals specializing in health information technology. ASHIM sets and enforces requirements to obtain the Certified Health Informatics Systems Professional (CHISP®) certification. This includes education, exam, ethics and other requirements. ASHIM offers online training in computer science, medical information systems, lab simulations and the US Healthcare system.
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is part of a global network of HIMSS societies with more than 52,000 members. The society is a global leader in improving health through information technology. HIMSS offers market research, events, education and leadership.
Healthcare-informatics – blog about patient safety, electronic medical records, point-of-care tech and health information exchange networks. Also includes webinars and conferences.
Informatics Professor – topics about biomedical and health informatics.
Health IT Buzz Blog – part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The blog focuses on providing answers about America’s transitioning use of electronic health records and discussions on the pros and cons healthcare providers experience during the transition.
Nursing Informatics Online – discussion, jobs and links to informatics information and organizations.
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – Information technology news.
CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) – A two year fellowship program for informatics professionals with at least a master’s degree. Participants are trained to apply public health informatics principals to public health practice.
Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office (PHSIPO) – PHSIPO’s aim is to further the field of public health informatics and surveillance.
Informatics Education Accrediting Agencies
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education establishes and enforces quality accreditation standards for educational programs health information management and health informatics.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
The American Nurses Credentialing Center promotes excellence in nursing through certifying and recognizing individual nurses who work in specialized areas such as informatics. ANCC also recognizes and accredits medical organizations and provides educational support materials to nurses and health organizations working to become accredited.
Informatics Databases and Journals
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA)
JAMIA, the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, is a peer-reviewed journal focused on health and biomedical informatics. JAMIA covers all activities of informatics such as clinical research, public and consumer health, informatics policy, implementation science and translational science. JAMIA includes articles on informatics research and advances in biomedical science as well as case reports and perspectives.
Journal of Health & Medical Informatics
The Journal of Health & Medical Informatics focuses on cognitive information processing as well as decision making related to the analysis of health and medical knowledge.
Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI)
OJNI is an international journal with readers in 49 countries. The journal explores the theoretical and practical side of informatics in nursing practice.
Electronic Journal of Health Informatics (eJHI)
The Electronic Journal of Health Informatics is an international publication focused on scholarly excellence. The journal includes high quality papers about health informatics and technology.
Journal of Pathology Informatics (JPI)
The Journal of Pathology Informatics is a peer-reviewed publication covering a broad range of topics related to pathology informatics. JPI accepts submissions from readers and includes research articles, commentaries, book reviews, technical notes and viewpoints.
Online Journal of Public Health Informatics (OJPHI)
The Online Journal of Public Health Informatics is a peer-reviewed publication.
It is a knowledge portal to disseminate information to practitioners, educators, policy makers and researchers in health informatics.
National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)
The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology is an informatics database that includes guidelines, statistics, journals, data, tools, videos and key organizations and programs, both domestic and international.
Masters in Health Informatics
Website that includes a database of blogs related to informatics.
National Association of County & City Health Officials
Website that includes a glossary of organizations, terms and activities related to public health informatics.
Annals of Family Medicine: Health Informatics
Peer-reviewed journal geared toward those working in informatics as well as patients.
International Conference on Health Informatics
The International Conference on Health Informatics is for researchers and practitioners who have an interest in applying information and communication technologies in healthcare. Topics covered include issues health informatics pros need to address. They include certification, privacy issues, specialized programming languages, graphical interfaces and intelligent decision support systems.
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference includes workshops, knowledge centers, exhibitions, symposiums and nursing informatics. Career services are also included.
The iHealth Conference is focused on making healthcare better through real world solutions. Included are educational, keynote and plenary sessions and tutorials.
Medical Informatics World Conference
Medical Informatics World Conference is a two-day event with speakers, exhibits and hundreds of informatics experts. The conference includes information trends, research advances and new enabling technologies.
Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) Conferences – The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems has held conferences for over 20 years. AMDIS hosts an executive summit on healthcare informatics and a symposium for physicians with a focus on computers.
Informatics Facebook Pages
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
Facebook page of the American Medical Informatics Association.
American Society of Health Informatics Managers (ASHIM)
Facebook page of the American Society of Health Informatics Managers.
The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
Facebook page of the International Medical Informatics Association.
American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)
Facebook page of the American Nursing Informatics Association.
Facebook group for people interested in health informatics and related topics such as electronic medical records, digital imaging and picture archiving in medicine, clinical decision support systems, health information technology, management and systems.
Health Informatics in the Cloud
Facebook group for discussions, sharing resources and networking related to informatics.
Health Informatics Forum
Health Informatics Forum is a community of informatics professionals, students and researchers.
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Facebook page of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Health and Medical Informatics
Facebook page journal covering information processing, decision making, scientific knowledge and other topics related to health informatics.
Informatics Twitter Accounts
@AMIAinformatics – The official twitter account of the American Medical Informatics Association.
@HIMSS – The official twitter account of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
@IMIAtweets – The official twitter account of the International Medical Informatics Association.
@AHIMAresources – The official twitter account of the American Health Information Management Association.
@ANIAinformatics – The official twitter account of the American Nursing Informatics Association.
@NCPHI – The official twitter account of the National Center for Public Health Informatics.