Medical Informatics

Medical Informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management and planning.

Brief History of Medical Informatics

Informatics started early development in the 1960s and gained widespread adoption in the 1970s, mainly with electronic health records (EHRs). As technology advanced, thanks in part to the acceptance and development of personal computers and personal devices (smartphones), informatics exponentially advanced. The widespread adoption of medical informatics allowed healthcare providers secured and quick access to pertinent data on a patient.

Medical Informatics Defined

Ken Ong, MD, MPH, further defines and promotes the history of medical informatics and how it applies to Physicians.

Medical Informatics Today

Healthcare Informatics is included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in areas such as EHRs, tracking disease and health as well as DNA sequencing, showcasing the positive impact of health IT in the healthcare arena. The importance of Clinical Informatics has garnered the attention of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and as of December 2013, Clinical Informatics is recognized as a Board Subspecialty.

Congratulations to the newest Clinical Informatics Diplomates

HIMSS would like to congratulate all of the 456 new diplomates in the subspecialty area of Clinical Informatics. HIMSS members have been recognized with an * and are among the first ever board certified Clinical Informatics subspecialists.  

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Clinical informatics has arrived

The creation of this new subspecialty will help standardize clinical informatics training programs, increase the number of training opportunities available and provide an immediately recognized credential for organizations hiring informaticians.  

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Clinical informatics becomes a board-certified medical subspecialty

The American Board of Medical Specialties has now recognized clinical informatics as a subspecialty.

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