The book is separated into six parts: Part 1, "Areas of Focus", is an introduction to the healthcare system and healthcare information systems; Part 2, "The Framework", discusses the theoretical and procedural infrastructure of informatics, including data, knowledge, people, policies, procedures, and regulations; Part 3, "The Foundation", covers the fundamentals of clinical informatics in detail, including data representation, computer science, logic and programming, decision-making and decision support, analytics, user experience, and project management; Part 4, "Application of Informatics in Healthcare", looks at the roles of informatics in the spectrum of healthcare environments from home to hospital to population health; Part 5, "Future Trends', presents a view of future trends and methods to stay current; and Part 6, "Appendix", has reference data, glossary, case discussions, citations, recommendations for further reading, and self-assessment questions which may be of interest to professionals who are preparing for certification examinations.
Mark E. Frisse MD, MS, MBA is Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Vice Chair for Business Development at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.
Karl E. Misulis MD, PhD is Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical Biomedical Informatics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.
Both authors are experienced clinical informaticians and educators as well as clinicians. Both are board certified in
Clinical Informatics by ABPM which is an ABMS-approved specialty. Both teach clinical informatics at Vanderbilt.