Appl Clin Inform 2020; 11(05): 710-713
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1717117
Invited Editorial

Policy Statement on Clinical Informatics Fellowships and the Future of Informatics-Driven Medicine

Joseph Kannry
1  Division of General Internal Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, United States
,
Jeff Smith
2  American Medical Informatics Association, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
,
Vishnu Mohan
3  Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, OHSU School of Medicine, Portland, Oregon, United States
,
Bruce Levy
4  Division of Informatics, Geisinger Health System, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, United States
,
John Finnell
5  Department of Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
,
Christoph U. Lehmann
6  Pediatrics, Data & Population Science, And Biomedical Informatics, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, United States
,
on behalf of the Clinical Informatics Program Directors Group-AMIA› Author Affiliations

Abstract

Board certified clinical informaticians provide expertise in leveraging health IT (HIT) and health data for patient care and quality improvement. Clinical Informatics experts possess the requisite skills and competencies to make systems-level improvements in care delivery using HIT, workflow and data analytics, knowledge acquisition, clinical decision support, data visualization, and related informatics tools. However, these physicians lack structured and sustained funding because they have no billing codes. The sustainability and growth of this new and promising medical subspecialty is threatened by outdated and inconsistent funding models that fail to support the education and professional growth of clinical informaticians. The Clinical Informatics Program Directors' Community is calling upon the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to consider novel funding structures and programs through its Innovation Center for Clinical Informatics Fellowship training. Only through structural and sustained funding for Clinical Informatics fellows will be able to fully develop the potential of electronic health records to improve the quality, safety, and cost of clinical care.

Protection of Human and Animal Subjects

None.




Publication History

Received: 09 June 2020

Accepted: 21 August 2020

Publication Date:
28 October 2020 (online)

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