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Health informatics? Bioinformatics? What’s in a name?

Today, and thanks to David Hansen, I was introduced to Dr Louise Schaper, CEO of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA).

We talked about how, like bioinformatics, health informatics covers a huge range of topics and issues. This creates a challenge when you are trying to convey to the uninitiated exactly what “health informatics” is. Then there are cross-cultural issues: Australians talk “health informatics”; Americans talk “biomedical informatics”.

We agreed that (however you define them) health- and bio-informatics have many overlaps, and that we should foster connections along the continuum between them.

Reminds me of Sean R Eddy who wrote:

“I've been a computational biologist for about 15 years now. We're still not quite sure what “computational biology” means, but we seem to agree that it's an interdisciplinary field, requiring skills in computer science, molecular biology, statistics, mathematics, and more. I'm not qualified in any of these fields.”

Eddy SR (2005) “Antedisciplinary” Science. PLoS Comput Biol 1(1): e6. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.0010006

Reader Comments (1)

Thanks David and David. Looking forward to future collaborations. :-)


August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLouise Schaper
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