Today terms such as EMRs and EHRs are ubiquiitous, but the discipline of health informatics, which includes these systems, is not even 100 years old.
The infographic below created by Adelphi University draws on several sources to show that the history of health informatics dates back to 1949 when Dr. Gustav Wagner in Germany established the German Society for Medical Documentation, Computer Science and Statistics, the world's first professional association for informatics.
This led to the spread of health informatics as a formal discipline in Europe and elsewhere. And now, a whole new world has opened up in informatics with the rapid adoption of tablets to maintain and use EMRs.
See below for more milestones along the way:
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