Informatics as the glue between the I.T. enterprise and the clinical leadership

April 12, 2009

In an article from the NY Times today, medical informatics is described as “Connecting the Dots of Medicine and Data.” The article points out some example of roles filled by medical informatics and also the lack of standards for educational programs in medical informatics many of which are masters degrees or certificate programs. At the same time, the chief executive of AMIA cites the need for 70,000 health informaticians as the government provides incentives for electronic medical records. This quote summarizes the profession well:

“IT takes more than technical skills and an understanding of health care to succeed as a health informatician. Diplomacy skills are crucial in connecting two potentially contentious groups: doctors and programmers.”

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