Informatics is an applied form of information science. It involves the practice of information processing and the engineering of information systems. Informatics considers the interaction between humans and information by exploring interfaces, organizations, technologies, and systems. It is information technology applied to human problems.
Informatics as a discipline is closely related to, but distinct from, such fields as computer science, information science and other traditional disciplines related to information technology. It is more general, basic and applied than any of these related disciplines; more general in that it emphasizes breadth across issues in all of the related disciplines, and includes social and ethical issues regarding the information revolution; more basic in that it examines foundational questions about the very nature of information and computation; and more applied since the aim is to produce qualified information technology professionals to meet the rapidly rising need.