Organized data or knowledge used by human and computer agents to reduce uncertainty, take decisions and guide actions (adapted from Shortliffe et al and Wyatt). See also: clinical information, patient data, medical knowledge.


Shortliffe EH, Perreault LE, Wiederhold G, Fagan K. Glossary. In: Medical Informatics-- Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. New York: Springer-Verlag, 2001:749-820.

Wyatt JC. Medical informatics: artefacts or science? Methods of Information in Medicine 1996;35:197-200.

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