An Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

An Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

Building Data-Driven Tools

1st Edition - July 29, 2020

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  • Author: Peter Mccaffrey
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128149157
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128149164

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An Introduction to Healthcare Informatics: Building Data-Driven Tools bridges the gap between the current healthcare IT landscape and cutting edge technologies in data science, cloud infrastructure, application development and even artificial intelligence. Information technology encompasses several rapidly evolving areas, however healthcare as a field suffers from a relatively archaic technology landscape and a lack of curriculum to effectively train its millions of practitioners in the skills they need to utilize data and related tools. The book discusses topics such as data access, data analysis, big data current landscape and application architecture. Additionally, it encompasses a discussion on the future developments in the field. This book provides physicians, nurses and health scientists with the concepts and skills necessary to work with analysts and IT professionals and even perform analysis and application architecture themselves.

Key Features

  • Presents case-based learning relevant to healthcare, bringing each concept accompanied by an example which becomes critical when explaining the function of SQL, databases, basic models etc.
  • Provides a roadmap for implementing modern technologies and design patters in a healthcare setting, helping the reader to understand both the archaic enterprise systems that often exist in hospitals as well as emerging tools and how they can be used together
  • Explains healthcare-specific stakeholders and the management of analytical projects within healthcare, allowing healthcare practitioners to successfully navigate the political and bureaucratic challenges to implementation
  • Brings diagrams for each example and technology describing how they operate individually as well as how they fit into a larger reference architecture built upon throughout the book


Graduate students, physicians, nurses, and several members of biomedical field

Table of Contents

  • Section 1: Storing and Accessing Data
    1. The Healthcare IT Landscape
    2. Relational Databases
    3. SQL

    4. Example Project 1: Querying Data with SQL
    5. Non-Relational Databases
    6. M/MUMPS

    Section 2: Understanding Healthcare Data
    7. How to Approach Healthcare Data Questions
    8. Clinical and Administrative Workflows: Encounters, Laboratory Testing, Clinical Notes, and Billing
    9. HL-7 and FHIR, and Clinical Document Architecture
    10. Ontologies, Terminology Mappings and Code Sets

    Section 3: Analyzing Data
    11. A Selective Introduction to Python and Key Concepts
    12. Packages, Interactive Computing, and Analytical Documents
    13. Assessing Data Quality, Attributes, and Structure
    14. Introduction to Machine Learning: Regression, Classification, and Important Concepts
    15. Introduction to Machine Learning: Support Vector Machines, Tree-Based Models, Clustering, and Explainability
    16. Computational Phenotyping, and Clinical Natural Language Processing
    17. Example Project 2: Assessing and Modeling Data

    18. Introduction to Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence

    Section 4: Designing Data Applications
    19. Analysis Best Practices
    20. Overview of Big Data Tools: Hadoop, Spark and Kafka
    21. Cloud Technologies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 339
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: July 29, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128149157
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128149164

About the Author

Peter Mccaffrey

Peter McCaffrey, MD is a physician informaticist as well as Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Hadera Technologies, a healthcare data science and cloud company. Peter attended medical school at The John Hopkins University School of Medicine, during which time he was the Founder and CEO of Accetia, Inc where his team developed a cloud analytics platform for next generation sequencing. Peter did his residency in Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident. Together with John Monahan, Peter has developed several production healthcare applications including a clinical analytics dashboard that currently runs at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Peter has worked with hospitals in Massachusetts, Texas, California and overseas in project areas ranging from application development to analytics, application architecture and IT project management. Peter also is an Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect. Peter and John have a passion for informatics and routinely lead medical informatics teaching sessions at the Massachusetts General Hospital to audiences consisting of residents, faculty and existing clinical informatics fellows.

Affiliations and Expertise

MD.,Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Hadera Technologies

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  • Xiu E. Thu Apr 21 2022

    Comprehensive and Applicable

    The selection of topics is well thought out and is a good comprehensive survey of what goes into tool development in healthcare from project design to implementation.