Computers are integral to everything that is done in the medical world. IT systems form the backbone of many hospitals and provide communication, results and information for healthcare professionals. With the development of the Connecting for Health spine, the integrated patient record may be drawing closer. This will enable many patients to view their medical notes by using a simple web browser much the same as online banking. Medical informatics is a key area to be aware of and be in control of as an anaesthetic healthcare professional.
This section aims to highlight the important areas in medical informatics and provides useful tutorials, as well as links to external sites that are of use in both gaining and maintaining skills in this changing area.