Adapted from: https://www.dbmi.columbia.edu/about-dbmi/
A Formal Definition:
Interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health.
- Scope and breadth of discipline: investigates and supports reasoning, modeling, simulation, experimentation, and translation across the spectrum from molecules to individuals and to populations, from biological to social systems, bridging basic and clinical research and practice and the healthcare enterprise.
- Theory and methodology: develops, studies, and applies theories, methods, and processes for the generation, storage, retrieval, use, management, and sharing of biomedical data, information, and knowledge.
- Technological approach: builds on and contributes to computer, telecommunication, and information sciences and technologies, emphasizing their application in biomedicine.
- Human and social context: draws upon the social and behavioral sciences to inform the design and evaluation of technical solutions, policies, and the evolution of economic, ethical, social, educational, and organizational systems.
Kulikowski CA, Shortliffe EH, Currie LM, et al. AMIA Board white paper: definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012;19(6):931–938. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001053
- Chapter 1 (Introduction) in Sarkar, Indra Neil (Ed). Methods in Biomedical Informatics. Academic Press (2014). ISBN: 9780124016781 (Freely accessible with Brown email address on campus or on VPN)
- Sarkar IN. Biomedical informatics and translational medicine. J Transl Med. 2010;8:22. Published 2010 Feb 26. doi:10.1186/1479-5876-8-22
- Kulikowski CA, Shortliffe EH, Currie LM, Elkin PL, Hunter LE, Johnson TR, Kalet IJ, Lenert LA, Musen MA, Ozbolt JG, Smith JW, Tarczy-Hornoch PZ, Williamson JJ. AMIA Board white paper: definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012 Nov-Dec;19(6):931-8. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001053. Epub 2012 Jun 8. PMID: 22683918; PMCID: PMC3534470.
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