Computational Medicine, 1st Edition

Coding for Medics
Authors :
Caroline Morton & Matt Williams
Date of Publication: 02/2018

‘The role of clinician-programmer provides a novel opportunity for doctors in all specialties to apply their creativity to improve patient care. .While such skills were once the preserve of computer scientists, some clinicians are learning to ha......view more

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‘The role of clinician-programmer provides a novel opportunity for doctors in all specialties to apply their creativity to improve patient care. .While such skills were once the preserve of computer scientists, some clinicians are learning to harness this technology for the benefit of doctors and patients.’ David Bargiela & Misha M Verkerk in BMJ Careers

Computational Medicine is an inter-disciplinary field that uses methods from computer sciences, mathematics and engineering to improve our understanding and treatment of human diseases. There are many practical applications of Computational Medicine such as:

  • Managing and analysing large datasets (‘Big Data’)
  • Modelling health needs for the future NHS
  • Mobile app development
  • Analysing 3D images (such as MRI)
  • Infectious disease modelling

Computational literacy and coding skills are becoming more and more important (if not essential) in enabling doctors to solve both simple and complex healthcare problems with technology. A doctor’s need for this competency varies from being able to manage patient or research data sets to building education tools in order to teach complex concepts through computational means.

 


Key Features

Teaches:

  • Computational thinking (how to think computationally – e.g. how to break a large problem down into small solvable components)
  • Coding skills (how to implement these ideas)
  • Communicating of computational ideas (how to explain these ideas)

Author Information
By Caroline Morton and Matt Williams