About Informatics and eHealth
Ireland in the midst of health and social care transformation is investing circa 800 million Euros on eHealth over a nine year period.
We believe that understanding the link between health informatics and eHealth is an important one, particularly during this time of transition.
Optimising design and implementation of systems for sustainable and people centred quality care delivery requires all those engaged in health and social care services to contribute to the process. Thus , ensuring value for money and better health for all.
What is Health Informatics?
Health informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in public health and healthcare services delivery, management, and planning. It comprises two main sub-disciplines: clinical informatics and public health informatics. It is often used to describe the full range of application and research topics for which biomedical informatics is the pertinent underlying scientific discipline.
Source: Aspects of definition drawn from the AMIA and HIMSS Source Tiger Informatics Definitions.
What is eHealth?
eHealth is the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health. Examples include treating patients, conducting research, educating the health workforce, tracking diseases and monitoring public health http://www.who.int/topics/ehealth/en/
“the combined use of electronic communication and information technology in the health sector”.
WHO and in eHealth Ireland
It involves the integration of all information and knowledge sources involved in the delivery of healthcare via information technology-based systems for the purpose of exchange between cooperating parties http://www.ehealthireland.ie/Knowledge-Information-Plan/eHealth-Strategy-for-Ireland.pdf
How does health informatics and eHealth integrate?
Health informatics provides the tools and domain knowledge that supports a quality driven eHealth platform. Standards developed by the health informatics community provide architecture which ensures that systems implemented are interoperable. Simply stated the systems across and between services can provide access to legible safe and accurate electronic health records. Such information is easily accessible for clinical judgements on best care for people. Health informatics also provides tools to support and facilitate change therefore making it possible to deliver the anticipated benefits for service users. Health informatics as an interdisciplinary and interprofessional field of practice provides knowledge and expertise to deliver integrated care which unites and provides an enabling environment to empower people to manage their health and well-being.