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Health Information Technology: Web Resources & Medical Tools

A Weaver Library research guide for the discipline of health information technology. This guide contains information on how to locate books, articles and other resources within the field of HIT, health informatics and coding.

Medical Terminology

Health Statistics

  • National Center for Health Statistics  This division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gathers statistics on all manner of health topics, from aging and birth rates to diseases and physical activity. The place to start looking for health statistics
  • 2012 Statistical Abstract: Health & Nutrition  Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau that cover "health expenditures and insurance coverage, including Medicare and Medicaid, medical personnel, hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities, injuries, diseases, disability status, nutritional intake of the population, and food consumption."
  • County Health Rankings  A joint effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, this site ranks counties on various health factors within their states. An interesting way to compare health characteristics in various locales.
  • Finding and Using Health Statistics -This online course, provided by the National Library of Medicine, describes the range of available health statistics, identifies their sources and helps you understand how to use information about their structure as you search.
  • Health Data Tools and Statistics  A thorough collection of health statistics from the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries.
  • Data 2010 (CDC Healthy People 2010 Database)
    The Healthy People 2010 report contains 467 objectives that identify specific measures to monitor health. Data for the population-based objectives is presented separately for select populations, such as racial, gender, educational attainment, or income.
  • FedStats
    This valuable site provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic.

HIT, Informatics & Coding Web Resources

Anatomy & Graphics

  • Zygote Body, originally called Google Body, is an anatomy tool that allows you to manipulate a virtual human body. Highlight various body systems and rotate the images into different views. Structures are named and you can pin them to help in studying. This tool requires the Chrome browser and may not work with some computers' video cards.
  • Blausen It is a browser extension that allows you get in-context graphics and animations related to medical terms on web pages. Watch a video demonstration of how it works.

  • Human Body Maps is an interactive anatomy tool, but with the ability to rotate images in 3D. Clicking structures retrieves relevant text.

  • InnerBody is also an interactive anatomy system that allows you to study particular body systems

  • The Medical Animation Library from the Penn Medicine website provides links to many medical animations arranged by body system and medical specialty.