Centre for Health Informatics
The Centre for Health Informatics (CHI), a Department of the School of Informatics, has for more than 20 years been a designated Research Centre of City University London, developing advanced concepts, methods and techniques of medical and health informatics for application in the solution of clinical and healthcare problems. It is also well known for a Masters degree (MSc) in Health Informatics which is producing future leaders who are equipped to function in mid-level information management and technology positions with a strong basis for continued career growth. The MSc curriculum embeds a problem solving and critical thinking framework in all of its modules. It is suited to responding to the health care industry's request for both increased emphasis in technical orientation and enhanced skill in individual and group interactions.
Health Informatics entails the application of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to support the information functions within the health care system. ICT is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on. Health Informatics is also about Information Management (IM) which for many is viewed as simply providing the right information to the right people at the right time.
Increasingly, IM is seen to be about change management and improving the performance of people in organizations. Hence IM requires providing the right evidence-based information to the right people, within and outside of the organization, at the right time and location, and in the right way to enhance health outcomes and improve system efficiency. More importantly, it also includes the ethical use of personal information, the application of effective change management techniques, and an ongoing focus on outcomes.
In general, the intention of ICT in health care is to make two major contributions to an organization's operations: it automates tasks that are often people or paper intensive, enables superior workflows, and assists in reducing errors by providing a technology-aided decision-making process driven by access to reliable information and rules-based process consistency. The systems that deliver information and communications services in a health care organization combine both human and technical components.