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Biomedical Informatics

Author(s): Jules J. Berman, PhD, MD
  • ISBN-13: 9780763741358
  • ISBN-10:0763741353
  • Paperback    459 pages      © 2007
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Ideal for healthcare workers, students and biomedical researchers who wish to use informatics technologies in their own clinics and laboratories, Biomedical Informatics describes the fundamental issues and questions in the field, and reviews the different types of biomedical data resources and open source tools needed to fully utilize biomedical data.  You are shown how to navigate through the legal, ethical, and technical hazards of biomedical informatics to become self-sufficient and productive.  You will finish with an understanding of how to acquire, organize, annotate, and share biomedical data, how to render confidential data harmless through de-identification, and how to use a variety of free and open source utilities to solve common computational tasks.  Berman also discusses how the Perl language is used in biomedical informatics and provides short Perl scripts that can be applied in the biological research and healthcare settings.

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Written for healthcare workers, students, and biomedical researchers who wish to use informatics technologies in their own clinics and laboratories.

Biomedical Informatics explains how biomedical data is acquired, organized, annotated and analyzed.

An extensive Appendix describes free, open source tools that will facilitate software interoperability and greatly reduce the costs of information technology.

Contains detailed descriptions of numerous free public-use data sources, including terminologies, biological databases, disease databases, and data standards.

Teaches Basic Perl programming in two chapters and provides informatics algorithms that can be easily implemented by the reader.

Provides a practical review of the ethical, legal and social aspects of biomedical informatics.

Describes methods for de-identifying, scrubbing and sharing medical data in a manner that protects patient confidentiality and privacy.

0.   Preface
1.   What is Biomedical Data and what do we do with it?
2.   The Data of Biomedical Informatics
3.   Confidential Biomedical Data
4.   Standards for Biomedical Data
5.   Just Enough Programming
6.   Programming Common Biomedical Informatics Tasks
7.   Biomedical Nomenclatures
8.   Misbehaving Text: Dealing with Poorly Written Medical Text
9.   Autocoding Unstructured Data
10. Computational Methods for De-identification and Data Scrubbing
11. Cryptography in Biomedical Informatics
12. Describing Data with Metadata
13. Simplifying Complex Data with Classifications and Ontologies
14. Clinical Trials: The Informatician Lives in a Statistical World
15.  Distributed Computing
16. A Practical Approach to ethics for Biomedical Informaticians
17. Grantsmanship for Biomedical Informaticians

Jules J. Berman, PhD, MD

Jules Berman received his bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Earth and Planetary Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his Ph.D. from Temple University, and his M.D. from the University of Miami.  He received post-doctoral training in the Laboratory of Experimental Pathology in the National Cancer Institute, at NIH.  He received residency training at the George Washington University Medical Center and is board certified in anatomic pathology and in cytopathology.  He served as the chief of anatomic pathology at the VA Hospital in Baltimore where he held adjunct appointments at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center.  From 1998 to 2005 he was program director for Pathology Informatics in the Cancer Diagnosis Program at the National Cancer Institute.  Jules Berman has first-authored more than 100 publications.  He is now a free-lance author and the past President of the Association for Pathology Informatics.



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