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About the Seventh Edition


The seventh edition comprises many of the chapters included in the sixth edition and the supplement with new content in each chapter and multiple new authors. We are honored to have William R. Hersh MD from Oregon Health & Science University as co-editor of this edition and main editor of all future editions. Importantly, he is the main contributor to multiple chapters. We will continue the same overall chapter framework. Chapters will begin with learning objectives, followed by an introduction and history of the subject and conclude with challenges/barriers, resources, recommended reading, future trends, key points, conclusions and references. In the seventh edition, we focused on post-HITECH Act changes in Health Informatics and other interesting developments in the field that have occurred since we published the sixth edition four years ago.

Several new authors have been added to the existing authors. The chapter on electronic health records was co-authored by Dr. Vishnu Mohan from the Oregon Health & Science University. Brian Dixon from Regenstrief Institute authored the chapter on public health informatics. Tom Martin from Temple University co-authored the chapter on telemedicine. John Rasmussen is the new author of the Privacy and Security chapter and Harry Burke is the new author of the chapter on patient safety, quality and value.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Overview of Health Informatics


Chapter 2 Healthcare Data, Information and Knowledge


Chapter 3 Computer and Network Architectures


Chapter 4 Electronic Health Records


Chapter 5 Standards and Interoperability


Chapter 6 Health Information Exchange


Chapter 7 Healthcare Data Analytics


Chapter 8 Clinical Decision Support


Chapter 9 Safety, Quality and Value


Chapter 10 Health Information Privacy and Security


Chapter 11 Health Informatics Ethics


Chapter 12 Consumer Health Informatics


Chapter 13 Mobile Technology and mHealth


Chapter 14 Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Practice Guidelines


Chapter 15 Information Retrieval and Medical Knowledge Resources


Chapter 16 Medical Imaging Informatics


Chapter 17 Telemedicine


Chapter 18 Bioinformatics


Chapter 19 Public Health Informatics


Chapter 20 E-Research


Chapter 21 International Health Informatics


Chapter 22 Introduction to Data Science

Textbook Authors


Elmer V. Bernstam MD, MSE

Associate Dean for Research

Reynolds and Reynolds Professor of Biomedical Informatics 

Professor of Internal Medicine

The University of Texas Health Science Center 

Houston, TX


Harry B. Burke MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Chief of Section of Safety, Quality and Value'

Biomedical Informatics

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Bethesda, MD


Trevor Cohen MD, MBChB, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics

School of Biomedical Informatics

The University of Texas Health Science Center 

Houston, TX 


Brian Dixon MPA, PhD, FHIMSS

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, IU

Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Research Scientist, Center for Biomedical Informatics

Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN


Alison Fields BS MPH

College of Health

University of West Florida

Pensacola, FL


M. Chris Gibbons MD, MPH

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Greystone Group, Inc.

Baltimore, MD


John Grizzard MD, 

Associate Professor, Radiology

Director, Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Imaging

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA


William Hersh MD, FACP, FACMI

Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology

School of Medicine

Oregon Health & Science University

Portland, OR


Robert Hoyt MD FACP

Diplomate, Clinical Informatics


Pensacola, FL



Todd Johnson PhD

Professor, School of Biomedical Informatics

University of Texas Health Science Center

Houston, TX


Harold Lehmann MD, PhD

Director, Division of Health Sciences Informatics

Professor of Health Sciences Informatics

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Baltimore, MD


Steve Magare MSC

Research Officer, Health Informatics

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme

Nairobi, Kenya


Sarita Mantravadi PhD, MS, MPH, CPH, CHES

Pearland, TX


Gleber Nelson Marques PhD, MS

Adjunct Professor of Computational Science

College of Health Sciences and Medicine

Mato Grasso State University

Mato Grasso, Brazil


Thomas Martin PhD

Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director

College of Public Health

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA


Ken Masters PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics

Medical Education Unit

College of Medicine & Health Sciences

Sultan Qaboos University

Sultanate of Oman


Vishnu Mohan MD, MBI, MBCS, FACP

Associate Professor of Medical Informatics, General Internal Medicine and Management

Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology

Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship

School of Medicine

Oregon Health & Science University

Portland, OR


Naomi Muinga MSC

Research Officer, Health Informatics

KENMRI - Wellcome Trust Programme

Nairobi, Kenya



Group Head for Global Health Informatics

Centre for Tropical Medicine

University of Oxford

Oxford England


Saurabh Rahurkar BDS, DRPH

Public Health Informatics Post-doctoral Fellow

Center for Biomedical Informatics

Regenstrief University

Indianapolis, IN

John Rasmussen MBA

Chief Information Security Officer

MedStar Health

Columbia, MD


Indra Neil Sarkar, PhD, MLIS, FACMI

Associate Professor of Medical Science 

Center for Biomedical Informatics

Brown University

Providence, RI

Yahya Shaihk MD, MPH

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Greystone Group, Inc.

Baltimore, MD



Director, Personal Connected Health Alliance

HIMSS Innovation Center

Cleveland, OH

Adjunct Faculty, Health Informatics

Kent State University

Kent,  OH


Dallas Snider PhD

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering

University of West Florida

Pensacola, FL

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