Educational Problems in Teaching Health Informatics to Medical Students

  • Gj. Deželić
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 5)

Abstract

At the very beginning of the development of medical or health informatics the approach was necessarily fragmentary and dispersed over many special medical fields, restricted mainly to the use of computers in medical practice and research. Many believed at that time that the role of computers is primarily in the improvement of existing medical procedures, i.e. that computing is applied as a technical or methodological innovation in medicine and health care. Today it is widely recognized that the scope and aims of medical informatics are broader than simply data processing in already existing medical procedures. Among several definitions of medical informatics, the one formulated according to Reichertz (1), stating that medical informatics is a science of analysis, documentation, steering, control and synthesis of information processes within the health care system, meets at best our present views. This definition satisfies most authors which try to prove that medical informatics is a scientific field belonging to medecine (2) or even a basic medical science (3).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gj. Deželić
    • 1
  1. 1.Andrija Štampar School of Public Health, Medical FacultyUniversity of ZagrebZagrebYugoslavia

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