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Electronic format


  • Readers can purchase the digital book (PDF) for $39.99 at This version works very well on tablets and takes advantage of bookmarks on the left menu that provide speedy navigation. 

  • The Kindle version is available on  for $39.99 (prices fluctuate)

  • The iBook (Apple) version is available for $39.99.

Print Version

The print seventh edition is available as a softback 474-page book from the self-publisher Lulu. Further details about the textbook are found on their website. 

Rental Textbooks and Site Licenses

Book Rental: The electronic version of the seventh edition of the textbook can be rented on . The charge is $19.95 for 180 days. 


Site License: Some schools have opted to purchase a site license so all students have access to the seventh edition via a secure Intranet. Our usual rate is $250-300 (one-time fee), depending on the size of the university or college. For further information email

Individual Chapters

Just like the sixth edition, you can order just one chapter. The first chapter, Overview of Health Informatics is available as a free download. Click on the underlined chapters below that describe the chapters and link you to where you can purchase the individual chapters.


Chapter 1: Overview of Health Informatics. Robert E. Hoyt, Elmer V. Bernstam, William R. Hersh. Chapter 1 Overview of Health Informatics provides a broad overview of this evolving field. Chapter sections are Introduction, Definitions, Background, Historical Highlights, Key users of HIT, Organizations involved with Health Informatics, Federal Government initiatives, public-private initiatives, Barriers to HIT Adoption, Health Informatics resources, Future Trends, References. Free


Chapter 2: Healthcare Data, Information and Knowledge. Elmer Bernstam, Todd Johnson, Trevor Cohen.

Chapter 2 discusses the importance of data, information and knowledge in healthcare today. Sections include Introduction, Definitions and Concepts, Converting Data to Information to Knowledge, Clinical Data Warehouse, What Makes Informatics Difficult, Why Health IT Fails Sometimes and Future Trends


Chapter 3: Computer and Network Architectures William R. Hersh, Robert E. Hoyt.

Chapter 3 reviews what the average readers need to know about computers and network architectures. Sections include: Introduction, Computers, The Internet and World Wide Web, Web services, Networks, and Future Trends.


Chapter 4: Electronic Health Records.  Robert E Hoyt, Vishnu Mohan

Chapter 4 discusses Electronic Health Records as one of the centerpieces of Health Informatics. The chapter includes sections on Introduction, EHR justification, The National Academy of Medicine’s vision on EHRs, EHR key components, CPOE, Clinical Decision Support, Electronic patient registries, Practice Management Integration, EHR Adoption, EHR challenges, HITECH Act and Meaningful Use, The impact of the Meaningful Use program, Logical steps to Selecting and Implementing an EHR, Recommended Reading and Future Trends


Chapter 5: Standards and Interoperability. William R. Hersh.

Chapter 5 reviews the many standards in existence today and why they are important. Sections include: Introduction, Identifier standards, Transaction standards, Terminology standards and Recommended reading


Chapter 6: Health Information Exchange. Robert E. Hoyt, William R. Hersh.

Chapter 6 discusses the importance of sharing and exchanging health information. Chapter sections include: Introduction, The History of US health information network initiatives, Interoperability, Impact of the HITECH Act on HIE, Health Information Organizations, Status of US HIE, HIE concerns, HIE resources, Recommended Reading and Future Trends


Chapter 7: Healthcare Data Analytics. William R. Hersh. Chapter 7 is timely given the new emphasis on big data and predictive analytics. The chapter includes Introduction, Terminology of Analytics, Challenges to Data Analytics, Research and Application of Analytics, Role of Informaticians in Analytics, Path forward for analytics, Recommended Reading and Future Trends


Chapter 8: Clinical Decision Support. Robert E. Hoyt, Harold Lehmann.

Chapter 8 explains why clinical decision support (CDS) is important not just for electronic health records (EHRs) but for healthcare reform and improvement. Sections include: Introduction, CDS benefits and goals, Organizational components of CDS, CDS methodology, CDS standards, CDS functionality, CDS sharing, CDS implementation, CDS challenges, Lessons learned, Recommended resources and Future trends


Chapter 9: Safety, Quality and Value. Harry Burke.

Chapter 9 discusses how patient safety, quality and value are clearly related. Sections include: Introduction, Safety, quality and value, Using the EHR to improve safety, quality and value, The inability to interpret free text has limited safety, quality and value, Safety and quality detection and reporting, clinical decision and support systems and future trends.


Chapter 10: Health Information Privacy and Security. John Rasmussen.

Chapter 10 discusses the importance of privacy and security in healthcare and the regulations currently in place such as HIPAA. Sections include Introduction, Basic Security Principles, The healthcare regulatory environment, HIPAA, Other regulations, Business drivers for security and privacy, Breaches in the news and consequences, Threat actors and types of attacks, Tools used to protect privacy and security, Recommended Reading and Future Trends


Chapter 11: Health Informatics Ethics. Ken Masters.

Chapter 11 discusses the need for ethics in Health Informatics, particularly in the digital age. Chapter sections include Introduction, The Road from Nuremberg, Informatics Ethics, International Considerations, Codes of Individual Countries, Pertinent Ethical Principles, Difficulties Applying Ethical Principles in the Digital World, Transferring Ethical Responsibility, Electronic Communication with Patients and Caregivers, Practical Steps, Health Informatics Ethics and Medical Students and Future Trends


Chapter 12: Consumer Health Informatics. William R. Hersh, M. Chris Gibbons, Yahya Shaihk, Robert E. Hoyt.

Chapter 12 discusses the important role patients play in healthcare to include recent technologies that support their involvement. Sections include: Introduction, Definitions, Personal Health Records, Patient engagement, Patient-clinician electronic communication, Efficacy of Consumer Health Informatics (CHI), CHI and healthcare reform


Chapter 13: Mobile Technology and mHealth. John Sharp, Robert E. Hoyt.

Chapter 13 discusses the evolving role of mobile technology for patients and clinicians and hence the new term mHealth. Sections include: Introduction, History, mHealth, Current Mobile Technology, mHealth in clinical settings, mHealth in the home setting, mHealth for wellness and sports, mHealth in low and middle-income countries, Mobile technology for research and development, Regulatory requirements, mHealth challenges, Future Trends, mHealth resources and recommended reading.


Chapter 14: Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Practice Guidelines. Robert E. Hoyt, William R. Hersh.

Chapter 14 discusses the importance of evidence when making any medical decision. Clinical practice guidelines are roadmaps to the best treatment of medical disorders, based on the best evidence. Sections include Introduction, Importance of EBM, Evidence Pyramid, Risk Measures and Terminology, Limitations of the Medical Literature and EBM, Evidence-Based Health Informatics, EBM Resources, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Developing CPGs, Barriers to CPGs, Initiating CPGs, CPG Example, Electronic CPGs, CPG Resources, Recommended Reading and Future Trends.


Chapter 15: Information Retrieval from Medical Knowledge Resources. William R. Hersh. Chapter 15 details the history behind and logic involved with retrieving information in the healthcare field. Sections include: Introduction, Content, Indexing, Retrieval, Retrieval systems, Evaluation, Future directions and Recommended reading.


Chapter 16: Medical Imaging Informatics. Robert E. Hoyt, John D. Grizzard.

Chapter 16 discusses the move from X-ray film-based radiology to digital radiology with its multiple advantages and the evolution of a new informatics sub-specialty area. Sections include Introduction, PACS Workflow, PACS for a hospital desktop computer, PACS extensions and Web-Based Image Distribution, PACS and Mobile Technology, Desktop PACS, PACS Advantages and Disadvantages, Imaging informatics education, Recommended Reading and Future Trends


Chapter 17: Telemedicine. Robert E. Hoyt, Thomas R. Martin.

Chapter 17 discusses the broad topic of telemedicine with its taxonomy of televisits, teleconsultations and telemonitoring. Sections include: Introduction, Teleconsultations, Telemonitoring, Telemedicine Initiatives, International Telemedicine, Barriers to Telemedicine, Telemedicine Organizations and Resources, Recommended Reading and Future Trends


Chapter 18: Bioinformatics. Robert E. Hoyt, William R. Hersh, Indra Neil Sarkar. 
Chapter 18 discusses the field of Bioinformatics and how genomic information is being integrated into electronic health records as well as how it contributes to personalized medicine. Sections include Introduction, Genomic Primer, Importance of Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics Projects and Centers, Personal Genomics, Genomic Information Integrated with EHRs, Recommended Reading and Future Trends.


Chapter 19: Public Health Informatics. Brian E. Dixon, Saurabh Rahurkar.

Chapter 19 discusses how information technology impacts public health. Emphasis is placed on public health surveillance and the programs that support it. Sections include: Introduction, The role of informatics in public health, Information systems to support public health functions, case management systems, The Public Health Information Network, Meaningful use and public health, Geographic Information Systems, Common types and sources of public health data, Global public health informatics, Challenges in global public health informatics, Public health informatics workforce, The role of clinics, hospitals and health systems, Recommended Reading and Future Trends.


Chapter 20: E-Research. John Sharp.

Chapter 20 discusses how research has become automated and paperless from patient recruitment to data analysis. Sections include: Introduction, Preparatory to Research, Study Initiation, Study Management and Data Management, Data Management Systems for FDA Regulated Studies, Interfaces and Query Tools, Data Analysis, Recommended Reading and Future Trends.


Chapter 21: International Health Informatics. Alison Fields, Chris Paton, Gleber Nelson Marques, Naomi Muinga, Steve Magare, Robert E. Hoyt.

Chapter 21 discusses how Health Informatics is viewed and practiced on each continent. Sections include: Introduction, Health Informatics in Europe, Health Informatics in Australasia, Health Informatics in Africa, Health Informatics in Asia, Health Informatics in South America, Health Informatics in North America, Resources, Challenges and barriers and Future Trends.


Chapter 22: Introduction to Data Science. Robert E. Hoyt, Dallas Snider, Sarah Mantravadi. Chapter 22 gives readers and overview of this overlapping information science field. Sections include: Introduction, Data basics, Statistics basics, Database systems, Data analytical processes, Major types of analytics, Putting it all together, Natural language processing and text mining, Visualization and communication, Big data, Analytical software for healthcare workers, Data science education, Data science resources, Data science challenges and Future trends.

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