Health informatics (also called Health Information Systems, health care informatics, healthcare informatics, medical informatics, nursing informatics, clinical informatics, or biomedical informatics) is a discipline at the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. Health informatics tools include computers, clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication systems. It is applied to the areas of nursing, clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, occupational therapy, and (bio)medical research.

The international standards on the subject are covered by ICS 35.240.80 [1] in which ISO 27799:2008 is one of the core components.[2] Molecular bioinformatics and clinical informatics have converged into the field of translational bioinformatics.


  1. 35.240.80: IT applications in health care technology". ISO. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  2. Fraser, Ross. "ISO 27799: Security management in health using ISO/IEC 17799". Retrieved 2008-06-15