Clinical Informatics has been around for over forty years, though it remains a relatively new concept to most clinicians. But it touches nearly everything we do as medical providers each day.
As a field, clinical informatics aims to harness the power of information technology for the betterment of patient care through innovative care delivery systems. And by nature a multi-disciplinary practice, it affects all areas of patient care. For instance, electronic health records (EHRs) allow providers to communicate patient information seamlessly between outpatient clinics, emergency departments, the peri-operative space and the inpatient floors.
While the EHR may be the most recognized example of clinical informatics in action in today’s world, health information technology (HIT) is present everywhere you look in the healthcare system. …Read More