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Tim Siftar

Tim Siftar
Librarian for Information Sci & Tech, School of Education, and Goodwin College
Hours M-F: 9am-5pm
Hagerty Library, Room 134


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Health Informatics

  1. Finding Books
  2. Finding Articles
  3. Reference Resources
  4. Associations
  5. Select Web Resources
  6. Definitions & Topics

Finding Books

  • Searching the catalog for books on health informatics:
  • Try a keyword search:
  • clinical AND information systems
  • Try a browsing by Library of Congress (LC) subject heading or call number:
    • LC Subject Heading
    • LC Call Number
    • Bioinformatics
      • QH324
    • Medical Informatics
      • R858

      Finding Articles

      • star for best resourceSummon -- ELECTRONIC A paradigm-shifting "discovery layer" that searches across *all of the Libraries' full-text subscribed resources*. Be sure to try the left-hand results filtering option "Subject Terms / more ..." to get a pop-up window that shows a list of all the indexing for the articles you retrieve. The pop-up window provides an excellent browse options that reveals specialized niches within the body of articles you have retrieved. Click on the sunburst icon for each article to find full-text using the GetIt! page links for the "Article." Publicly searchable, but requires Drexel login to jump to full text.
      • ACM Digital Library & Guide to Computing Literature -- ELECTRONIC The ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Digital Library includes abstracts, reviews, and the full-text of articles published in ACM periodicals and proceedings since 1985. The Guide to Computing Literature has abstracts-only of non-ACM computng literature. Selective coverage of bioinformatics, decision support systems, electronic physician records, information retrieval, medical language processing and other topics.
      • Engineering Village 2 -- ELECTRONIC Including INSPEC from IEE, and EI Compendex from Elsevier, covering all aspects of computer science, information technology, automation. physics, electrical engineering, electronics, and more.
      • Lecture Notes in Computer Science -- ELECTRONIC Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), including its subseries in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) and Bioinformatics (LNBI), publishes hundreds of conference proceedings every year with new developments in computer science and information technology research. Content goes back to 1973.
      • best resourceMEDLINE via OVID (with SFX) or PubMed via the free web (without SFX) -- ELECTRONIC & WWW This National Library of Medicine resource has two versions of the same content: the vendor-enhanced edition with SFX links into Drexel's full-text and a refined search interface; or the free web version with a simplified interface and abstracts only. Covers over 3500 journals in medicine, clinical science and allied health.
      • NCBI Databases --WWW The National Library of Medicine's National Center for Biomedical Information search and retrieval system that integrates information from databases at NCBI. These databases include nucleotide sequences, protein sequences, macromolecular structures, whole genomes, and MEDLINE, through PubMed.
      • Web of Science — ELECTRONIC Covers the high-impact education journals as well as most other academic topics. Abstract-only, but you can easily find full-text through SFX links. What makes this database a MUST - HAVE FOR PhD-LEVEL RESEARCH is its citation tracking, ranking and sorting features you can quickly identify the most often-quoted papers in your topic of interest. Try the various “analyze” features to identify top authors, journals or university affiliations. It is especially useful for anyone tracking the influence of an idea across multiple papers and authors over time.
      • TIP: Use the Drexel e-journal directory to search by keyword (for terms such as "informatics") or browse by category (such as information technology) then browse that journal's contents.

      Reference Resources

      • MD Consult Core Collection -- ELECTRONIC A great  Elsevier resource providing access to over 36 medical texts, articles from more than 46 clinical journals, practice guidelines, drug information, 2,500 patient education handouts, CME, and daily medical updates.  See optional personal registration information.

      Associations -

      Select Web Resources

      Health Informatics World Wide An index of world wide health informatics resources.

      Definitions & Core Topics

      Medical and Healthcare Informatics (MHI) is the field of information science concerned with the analysis and dissemination of medical and other health-related data through the application of computers to various aspects of healthcare and medicine. MHI is an interdisciplinary field. There are relatively few information sources devoted specifically to medical and healthcare informatics. Much of the literature relevant to MHI is dispersed in disciplinary databases in medicine and technology. Accordingly, this guide covers only major resources in these areas. If you are seeking additional technology-related information consult other Resource Guides on the Hagerty Library site, such as: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Information Systems & Technology. Guides to health-related information can be found under the Health Sciences heading on the Research Guides page. Some core health information structures and general topics within the field are:

      • Terminology & Coding
      • Topics
      • ICD 9 CM
      • Artificial Intelligence
      • DRG
      • Biomedical Cognitive Science
      • DSM
      • Bioinformatics
      • HCPCS
      • Computer Based Training
      • Coding, Classification, Terminology
      • Taxonomies
      • Computerized Clinical Guidelines
      • SNOMED
      • Consumer Health Informatics
      • MeSH
      • Clin. Information Management
      • UMLS
      • Decision Support Systems
      • Education and Training
      • Guidelines
      • Electronic Patient Records
      • Practice guidelines
      • Information Retrieval
      • Clinical pathways
      • Imaging, Robotics, Virtual Reality
      • Drug formularies
      • Medical Language Processing
      • Evidence-based Medicine
      • Nursing Informatics
      • Outcomes Assessment
      • Standards
      • Public Health Informatics
      • HIPPA
      • Signal processing
      • HL7
      • Standards, Social and Legal Issues
      • EMR standards
      • Telemedicine

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