We’re re-posting the following from the School of Medicine News.
The School of Medicine has six faculty members who are now certified in the brand new medical subspecialty of clinical informatics. The intersection of health care reform and information technology advances are driving the establishment of this new clinical subspeciality.
“The new subspecialty is a recognition of the importance that data and information play in health care,” said William Hersh, M.D., professor and chair of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology (pictured at right). “As we move to new models of care delivery where we measure and improve upon quality as well as keep costs under control, informatics will play a key role in acquiring and analyzing the data. Informatics will be important in other ways, too, from patient engagement in his or her own care and health to clinical and translational research.”
All six OHSU faculty members who sat for the clinical informatics subspecialty board exam passed it. The exam was administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) in October.
The new clinical informaticians are:
- Eilis Boudreau, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology
- Michael Chiang, M.D., M.A., professor of ophthalmology
- William Hersh, M.D., professor and chair of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology
- Michael Lieberman, M.D., M.S., professor of medicine
- Vishnu Mohan, MBBS, MBI, assistant professor of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology
- Thomas Yackel, M.D., MPH, M.S., associate professor of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology
In addition, at least 38 of the 444 people who passed the exam received some of their informatics education at OHSU.