Title: Biomedical Informatics
Author: Jules J Berman
Publisher: Jones and Bartlett India Pvt Ltd
Price: Rs 395/- paperback
“We are drowning in data but starved for knowledge.”
– John Naisbitt
Gp Capt (Dr) Sanjeev Sood
Gp Capt (Dr) Sanjeev Sood, is a Hospital Administrator at AF Hospital, Chandigarh. He is an NABH empanelled assessor and prolific writer on healthcare matters.
Healthcare organisations hold vast amounts of data related to clinical encounters. How can this unstructured data be contextualised and translated to meaningful research? How to acquire, merge and share confidential medical data from incompatible and diverse sources and translate them into actionable clinical results? How to reliably identify data and bind observations to unique patients? Who owns medical data – patients, physicians or hospitals? What is data warehousing and data mining? And what critical role HIS plays in organising this data? Biomedical informatics by Jules J Berman answers these and many more such tricky questions which are fundamental to advancement of medical knowledge and research.
Biomedical informatics draws heavily from other fields like health care, software programming, computer scientist, statistician, metadata analyst and so on so forth. The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with tools and strategies for obtaining, organising, and analyzing biomedical data.
The book aims to achieve following learning objectives for any reader how to acquire and organise biomedical data even when the data are received in the form of unstructured text, how to merge and share biomedical data even when the data are confidential or come from seemingly incompatible sources, how to write your own programs in Perl that will allow you to perform common informatics tasks with just a few lines of code, how to automatically index biomedical text and code text using freely available biological and medical nomenclatures.
Contents and key features
Written for healthcare workers, students, and biomedical researchers who wish to equip themselves with basic skills of informatics technologies in their own clinics and laboratories, biomedical informatics discusses and reviews many types of biomedical data.
The book provides in-depth discussions of data representation including XML metadata, RDF, and ontologies, an extensive appendix describes free, open source tools that will facilitate software interoperability and greatly reduce the cost of information technology, contains over 240 lists that can be downloaded and used in power-point presentations, includes Perl source code to be used in your Perl applications and provides guidance in employing data organizations and data sharing technologies in research grant applications.
No book on biomedical informatics would be complete without some instruction in computer programming. So as not to discourage nonprogrammers, the book is organised so that all of the programming instruction is found in ‘Just enough Programming’ (Chapter 5) and ‘Programming Common Biomedical Informatics Tasks’ (Chapter 6). A glossary is included, and new terms introduced in the text are set in boldface type. There is an extensive reference section with 180 references; each appended with an explanatory note (Chapter 18).Chapter 19 provides the summary of open source programming languages.
About the author
The author, Jules Berman, PhD MD is a pathologist with an eclectic technical background that includes a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MIT. He was Program Director for Pathology Informatics in the Cancer Diagnosis Programme in the U.S.