ALS 311: Information Management for Life Sciences
Healthcare Informatics is a novel academic discipline bridging Medicine and Information Sciences that may be defined as the science that deals with the structure, acquisition and use of medical information. With the global boom in healthcare and quantum advancements in IT, medical informatics is already transforming the way healthcare is delivered today. In the last few decades we have witnessed the rapid development of extremely efficient genome sequencing and other high-throughput molecular biology research techniques. With these techniques came the need to store, make available, and analyze huge amounts of biological data. Bioinformatics brings together computer sciences, information technology and biology, to efficiently store and mine these datasets. The proliferation of databases, access of data, and new analysis methodologies necessitates that those involved in life sciences be proficient in the utility of databases and the manipulation and analysis of large data sets.