Public Health Informatics Analysis

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Informatics is a technology term in today’s health care system. It deals with the science of computer information systems. When speaking of informatics in relation to an academic field, it involves the practice of information processing and engineering of information systems. The science of informatics according to American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), 2015, “drives innovation that is defining future approaches to information and knowledge management in biomedical research, clinical, and public health (AMIA, 2015).” This work in informatics serves to create new solutions using technology that enhances biomedical science, the health of the populace, and the quality and safety of care providers deliver to individuals when they are …show more content…
There are a host of subcategory informatics: dental, nursing, pharmacy, and physician just to name a few. A specific area of interest is public health informatics. Public health informatics deal with the application of information along with computer science, and technology to public health practice, research, and learning. In an effort to keep public health practice at pace with all health care advances, information must be deliverable at real time to end users, which goes beyond the walls of the practice and or organization. Currently, public health is in desperate need of funding, public health education for the populace, and policy development. Public health itself addresses an array of specific challenges such as traumatic injuries, mental health, substance abuse, chronic diseases, environmental, occupational, and recently bioterrorism. Public health is founded on four pillars, prevention, science, care for medically underserved and interdependence. Having said that, the primary goal of the government is to keep Americans safe. As a result of this effort to keep America safe, four panelists met to discuss future trends, current state, and the challenges that public health faces. The four panelists are; Kristine M. Gebbie, DR. PH., RN, James S. Marks, MD, MPH, Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH, C., and Earl Fox, MD, MPH. There are real threats that currently put Americans at risk for harm the panelist state. The threats consist of but are not limited to biological, chemical, radiological, terrorism, natural disaster, infectious diseases, a growing prevalence of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and other chronic diseases across all age groups. Sixty percent of Americans are currently overweight and or obese, nine percent experience substance abuse, and twenty percent encounter mental illness in a year. The federal,

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