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IOS Press have just published a new open access textbook that is free to download on Evidence-Based Health Informatics by Elske Ammenwerth and Michael Rigby

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Series: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics

Volume: 222

Published: 2016

Editors: Elske Ammenwerth, Michael Rigby

ISBN: 978-1-61499-634-7 (print) | 978-1-61499-635-4 (online)

Open Access


Health IT is a major field of investment in support of healthcare delivery, but patients and professionals tend to have systems imposed upon them by organizational policy or as a result of even higher policy decision. And, while many health IT systems are efficient and welcomed by their users, and are essential to modern healthcare, this is not the case for all. Unfortunately, some systems cause user frustration and result in inefficiency in use, and a few are known to have inconvenienced patients or even caused harm, including the occasional death.

This book seeks to answer the need for better understanding of the importance of robust evidence to support health IT and to optimize investment in it; to give insight into health IT evidence and evaluation as its primary source; and to promote health informatics as an underpinning science demonstrating the same ethical rigour and proof of net benefit as is expected of other applied health technologies.

The book is divided into three parts: the context and importance of evidence-based health informatics; methodological considerations of health IT evaluation as the source of evidence; and ensuring the relevance and application of evidence. A number of cross cutting themes emerge in each of these sections.

This book seeks to inform the reader on the wide range of knowledge available, and the appropriateness of its use according to the circumstances. It is aimed at a wide readership and will be of interest to health policymakers, clinicians, health informaticians, the academic health informatics community, members of patient and policy organisations, and members of the vendor industry.

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  • What book do you recommend for people who are interested in health informatics? I'm a respiratory therapist and interested in starting the field next year but unsure if it is right for me. Also I would like to be prepared before starting school. Any suggestions?
    • Hi Trisha, I am a RT too. I learned about Informatics and this website/forum through a class I am taking while persuing my BSRT degree as a working therapist. Did you find that Informatics was for you? Are you still in
      RT and why do you want to switch?
      I have only been an RT for 6 years and switched fields out of administrative work prior to this.
      Thanks for sharing.
  • Dr. Ammenwerth has for years been pushing form more evidenced based health informatics. Most early studies are poorly done resulting in questionable results that are not likely to be generalizable to most clinics and hospitals. While it is difficult to "double blind" technology studies, multiple other steps should be taken to make informatics research more evidence based
  • very informative, Thank you for sharing!
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