View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. What Is
January 9, 2017updated 07 Feb 2017 11:20am

What is informatics?

By Ellie Burns

Informatics is the science of information, including information processing and information systems.

This can include creating, storing, finding, manipulating and sharing information, as well as studying and constructing computer systems to handle information.

The University of Edinburgh defines informatics as “the study of the structure, the behaviour, and the interactions of natural and engineered computational systems.”

Informatics is a relatively common degree programme, preparing graduates to handle information in a practical way and convert it into a form that can be used.

What fields can informatics be applied to?

Informatics is a highly valued discipline within the healthcare field, for example, a field which generates large amounts of information, where it is used to get the required information to the right person at any given time.

The field encompasses disciplines such as Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Computer Science.

It is also informed by disciplines such as mathematics, electronics, biology, linguistics and psychology.

Content from our partners
Powering AI’s potential: turning promise into reality
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline

However, it has implications across a far wider range of disciplines than this.

Topics in this article : ,
Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.