n. The study of the computational, social, cognitive structure, and the properties of information, especially as regards the use of technology to organize, store, retrieve, and disseminate information. Computer applications, especially the use of structured databases used to store and extrapolate research.


McCrank 2002, p. 50 The term with its classical etymology had been coined simultaneously in more than one place and in more than one language. Before long 'informatics' evolved into a generic term in American English for computer applications in any field and was widely adopted in Biomedicine without regard for its origins.