After a multiyear push by advocates, the American Board of Medical Specialties in September formally recognized clinical informatics as a medical subspecialty.
Physicians who are board-certified in any of the 24 primary medical specialties now can earn secondary certification as informaticians.
In an iHealthBeat Special Report by Mina Kim, experts discussed the new medical subspecialty.
The Special Report includes comments from:
- William Hersh, chair of the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University's School of Medicine;
- Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of informatics at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society; and
- Edward Shortliffe, president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association.
AMIA says the role of clinical informaticians will be to combine their knowledge of informatics tools and patient care to improve clinical processes and clinical information systems.
The complete transcript of this report is available as a PDF.
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