World of Data, Systems Interactions, and The Interactivity of Professionals


We are in a time of explosive technology throughout the world.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making decisions with or without input from expert healthcare providers and ChatGPT is rapidly impacting other aspects of healthcare, as well.  Tremendous shortages exist in access to healthcare based on many factors, including worker shortages. Technology is one aspect of informatics in our digital age for interprofessional practitioners to employ as a mechanism to address access to care.  We hear more and more the depth of the thread of technology, science, communication, and knowledge in many realms identified as ‘informatics’.

Informatics’ is coined as an umbrella concept connecting much of what our digital native students experience yet, do not necessarily understand the meaning and impact of in everything they do.  A basic definition of informatics is using information systems, processing information, using computer science to interface, and then gaining new knowledge to apply. Yet, it is so much more when we recognize how it interfaces with so many disciplines and even in our daily lives.  Informatics for health care is defined as “the integration of health-care sciences, computer science, information science, and cognitive science to assist in the management of healthcare information” (Saba & McCormick, 2015, p. 232).  We can see from this definition, informatics is much more than just information systems, processing, and computer science. It is important to recognize that now informatics covers a plethora of concepts, and to meet the needs of interdisciplinary engagement and collaboration, an understanding of the basics of computer operations and computer science is necessary. All that we see, such as searching the internet, working with databases, and many other social apps are based in the latter definition of informatics. Much of this is crucial in how we learn systems thinking leading to gain critical thinking skills. Richmond (2018) describes what is necessary to develop critical thinking.  We must see the larger problem (can be a concept) and break it down into steps to be able to understand what we need to do to address that concept or problem.  Once we can do this, we can then not only act, but anticipate future issues that might arise.

This book contains three chapters to bring forward how integral systems thinking in our digital age is as we think of the world of data, system interactions, and interactivity of professionals.

As interprofessionals we work collaboratively and use informatics as our foundation, the interconnectivity  for delivery of care.

The following is an overview of the content of this book:

Chapter 1 covers the importance of epidemiology

Chapter 2 covers data analysis and visualization

Chapter 3 covers hardware and software of information systems and generative AI


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