Medical informatics in the veterinary clinical laboratory: An integrated subspecialty in diagnostics, resident training and clinical research

Mary M Christopher, Ch S. Hotz

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Abstract

Medical informatics is the organization, processing, retrieval, and communication of information in medical practice, education and research, and the science and technology needed to support those tasks. Clinical laboratory informatics is the subdiscipline at the interface of medical informatics and laboratory medicine. Laboratory medicine (clinical pathology) is particularly well-suited for integration with medical informatics because of the large amounts of quantitative and morphologic data generated in the laboratory. Laboratory informatics includes the models and tools for managing, storing, and transforming laboratory data into useful information and clinical knowledge. These tools include laboratory information systems, databases, laboratory standardization protocols, digital image processing, decision support systems, and data mining. Laboratory informatics is a key discipline in the future of veterinary diagnostics, resident training and clinical research. Diagnosticians must be adept at managing, processing and analyzing laboratory information, and augmenting its value for clinicians. Subspecialty training in medical informatics should become an integral part of resident training in veterinary clinical pathology. Medical informatics research will play an important role in exploring and adding to the value of laboratory data, and contributing to veterinary medical discovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-576
Number of pages8
JournalRevue de Medecine Veterinaire
Volume151
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2000

Keywords

  • Computer technology
  • Informatics
  • Information science
  • Laboratory information system
  • Laboratory medicine
  • Veterinary clinical pathology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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