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Informatics is

the study and application of information science. It involves collection, classification, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of recorded knowledge.[1]
[t]he application of computer science and information science to the management and processing of data, information, and knowledge.[2]

Overview Edit

Informatics studies the structure, algorithms, behavior, and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process, access and communicate information. It also develops its own conceptual and theoretical foundations and utilizes foundations developed in other fields. Since the advent of computers, individuals and organizations increasingly process information digitally. This has led to the study of informatics that has computational, cognitive and social aspects, including study of the social impact of information technologies.

References Edit

  1. Biosurveillance: Efforts to Develop a National Biosurveillance Capability Need a National Strategy and a Designated Leader, at 16 n.23.
  2. Final Report: Task Force to Study Electronic Health Records, at 91.


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