Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

We don’t actively support Internet Explorer

It appears that you are using Internet Explorer, which has been discontinued by Microsoft. Support has ended for versions older than 11, and as a result you may face security issues and other problems when using it.

We recommend upgrading to a newer browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Edge for a much better experience across the web.

While this site may work with Explorer, we are not testing and verifying it, so you may run into some trouble or strange looking things.

Canadian Scholars
354 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380001


The first of its kind, this engaging textbook unpacks health informatics from a uniquely Canadian perspective. With a bottom up approach, author Christo El Morr identifies how health informatics influences and affects a range of Canadian healthcare stakeholders including populations, patients, doctors, nurses, managers, clinicians, and governments. Presented in a clear and concise way, section one equips students with an overview of health informatics building blocks: computers, networks, databases, and user interfaces. Section two details major health informatics systems: picture archiving, communication systems, data warehousing, and business intelligence. Finally, section three explores challenges with privacy, confidentiality, security, and emerging trends such as big data, gamification, and wearable technologies.

Packed with key terms, reflection activities, quizzes, a test bank, and assignments, this comprehensive introductory textbook is an invaluable read for undergraduate students, educators, and practitioners in the health informatics, health management, health policy, or global health fields.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements viii

Preface ix


Chapter 1: Introduction to Health Informatics 3

Chapter 2: Computers and Networks 21

Chapter 3: Databases and Information Systems 57

Chapter 4: Information System Analysis and Design 84

Chapter 5: The Human Factor: Usability and User Experience 101


Chapter 6: Information Systems in Hospitals 123

Chapter 7: Telemedicine 147

Chapter 8: Consumer Health Informatics 172

Chapter 9: Public Health Informatics 199

Chapter 10: Electronic Health Records 230


Chapter 11: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security 267

Chapter 12: Emerging Trends in Health Informatics 290

Glossary 311

Index 335


Instructor Resources

See sample

Purchase Options