Back Ground Information
The field of health informatics, as we know it now, emerged when computer technology became sophisticated enough to manage large amounts of data. There were earlier experimentations in the field of dentistry, but it wasn’t until the 1960’s that health informatics began to standardize as a field of study.
According to HIMSS, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the first standards for healthcare data reporting were established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). These include standards for “laboratory message exchange, properties for electronic health record systems, data content, and health information system security.”