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BMJ to publish international health informatics journal

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has added a new title to its growing portfolio of 65+ specialist journals, with the launch of BMJ Health & Care Informatics.

BMJ to publish international health informatics journal
Dr Philip Scott: “The journal is part of the movement towards evidence-based informatics.”

Working in partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the journal is dedicated to publishing high quality, peer-reviewed research on how informatics support improvements in health and social care, says BMJ.

The journal will include content on public health strategies and interventions, implementation of learning health systems and national policy issues.

Aiming to bring together academics and practitioners, BMJ Health & Care Informatics will cover topics such as advances in technology, data science and global health informatics.

The journal started its journey in 1992 as Informatics in Primary Care, before becoming Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics in 2015 - its new title confirms BMJ Health & Care Informatics as a firm member of the BMJ family, says the publisher.

Dr Philip Scott from the University of Portsmouth, Editor-in-Chief of the journal, comments on his vision for the journal in his introductory editorial: “We want to see good health and care informatics that makes care safer and more efficient. The journal is part of the movement towards evidence-based informatics, not to stifle digital innovation but to ensure that it learns from past success and failure.”

Adam Thilthorpe FBCS FRSA, Director for Professionalism at BCS says: “The launch of BMJ Health & Care Informatics is a natural progression that is directly linked to the success and clear scope of the Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics. We are excited to be working with BMJ to support quality publications that truly address real-world matters that have value to both academics and professionals alike.”

Dr Allison Lang, Publishing Director at BMJ, says: “BMJ Health & Care Informatics will publish key research on digital innovation in health and care. We are looking forward to working with BCS, Dr Philip Scott, and the rest of the editorial team to achieve our shared vision for the journal.”