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Bringing information technology and medicine together

From building electronic patient records and databases to using technology tools that support understanding clinical conditions, the work of medical informaticians is present in every area of the healthcare system.

You can experience using information technology tools in undergraduate medical study, in graduate level studies or in continuing learning.

What we do

As a student, you’ll not only build the essential skills for using cutting-edge information resources, you’ll also research important topics and develop new information systems.

As a medical or health informatician, you may:

  • work on collaborative interdisciplinary projects—designing and developing information systems to improve health care delivery, management and planning
  • help researchers and physicians learn to use technology to its full potential
  • create data-capturing and analytics tools that aid in the clinical decision-making process
  • use various information resources such as:
    • e-learning programs
    • epidemiological and public health data
    • communication systems
    • practice management tools
    • coding tools
    • standardized technologies (e.g., SnoMED, MEDLINE, etc.)
  • participate in developing, refining and sharing electronic health records

Learn more about medical informatics

What is health informatics?

Hear from various Dalhousie faculty members about how they see health/medical informatics and how it can make a difference in health. Watch the video below.