Clinical Research Informatics

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Rachel Richesson, James E. Andrews
Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 10, 2012 - Medical - 419 pages

This book provides foundational coverage of key areas, concepts, constructs, and approaches of medical informatics as it applies to clinical research activities, in both current settings and in light of emerging policies. The field of clinical research is fully characterized (in terms of study design and overarching business processes), and there is emphasis on information management aspects and informatics implications (including needed activities) within various clinical research environments.

The purpose of the book is to provide an overview of clinical research (types), activities, and areas where informatics and IT could fit into various activities and business practices. This book introduces and applies informatics concepts only as they have particular relevance to clinical research settings.


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Part II Data Management and Systems in Clinical Research
Part III Knowledge Representation and Discovery
Part IV The Future of Clinical Research Health and Clinical Research Informatics

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Rachel Richesson, MS, PhD, MPH, FACMI, a noted informaticist, joined the Duke University School of Nuring in December 2011. Dr. Richesson earned her BS (Biology) at the University of Massachusetts in 1991, and holds graduate degrees in Community Health (MPH, 1995) and Health Informatics (MS, 2000 and PhD, 2003) from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston. Dr. Richesson spent 7 years as at the University of South Florida College of Medicine directing strategy for the identification and implementation of data standards for a variety of multi-national multi-site clinical research and epidemiological studies housed within the USF Department of Pediatrics, including the NIH Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN) and The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study.

Dr Andrews is the Director of the University of South Florida, School of Information, and an Associate Professor of Information Science. His research falls broadly within the interdisciplinary field of health informatics. He has specific interests in clinical research informatics, as well as health-related information behaviours, particularly in the context of cancer genetics. He works collaboratively with researchers from USF Health, within SI, and also across the US and internationally.

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