Data is transformed into various forms of medical knowledge

Read: Taylor, P. (2006). From Patient Data to Medical Knowledge: The Principles and Practice of Health Informatics. London: Blackwell Publishing. Chapter 1.

Health informatics and evidence-based medicine involves three stages according to Taylor:

Data are created

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Data is transformed into various forms of medical knowledge

Data is looped back (closed) and used to inform future patient care

This is referred to in the text as the “virtuous circle of health knowledge management.” The graph on page 13 is also referred to as the “three grand challenges of healthcare informatics.”

Prior to that, “What have we learnt?” discusses three sources of information in health care.

What is the challenge of transforming medical knowledge into usable data?