Viewpoint Paper: A "Fundamental Theorem" of Biomedical Informatics

  title={Viewpoint Paper: A "Fundamental Theorem" of Biomedical Informatics},
  author={Charles P. Friedman},
  journal={Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA},
  volume={16 2},
  • C. Friedman
  • Published 1 March 2009
  • Economics
  • Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA
This paper proposes, in words and pictures, a "fundamental theorem" to help clarify what informatics is and what it is not. In words, the theorem stipulates that a person working in partnership with an information resource is "better" than that same person unassisted. The theorem is applicable to health care, research, education, and administrative activities. Three corollaries to the theorem illustrate that informatics is more about people than technology; that in order for the theorem to hold… 
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