Public health informatics has been defined as the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice research and learning 1 it is an interdisciplinary profession that applies mathematics engineering information science and related social sciences eg decision analysis to important . This revised edition covers all aspects of public health informatics and discusses the creation and management of an information technology infrastructure that is essential in linking state and local organizations in their efforts to gather data for the surveillance and prevention. Public health informatics is defined as the use of computers clinical guidelines communication and information systems which apply to vast majority of public health related professions such as nursing clinical hospital care public health and medical research. Individuals care providers and public health agencies can all benefit as we reshape public health through the adoption of new infor tion systems use of electronic methods for disease surveillance and refor tion of outmoded processes. Public health informatics phi arrived on the scene during the 1990s after medical informatics intersecting information technology medicine and health care and bioinformatics intersecting mathematics statistics computer science and molecular biology
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