Clinical Informatics is the application of informatics and information technology to deliver healthcare services. It is also referred to as applied clinical informatics and operational informatics.
AMIA considers informatics when used for healthcare delivery to be essentially the same regardless of the health professional group involved (whether dentist, pharmacist, physician, nurse, or other health professional). Clinical Informatics is concerned with information use in health care by clinicians.
Clinical informatics includes a wide range of topics ranging from clinical decision support to visual images (e.g. radiological, pathological, dermatological, ophthalmological, etc); from clinical documentation to provider order entry systems; and from system design to system implementation and adoption issues.
AMIA offers a Clinical Informatics Board Review Course to provide a comprehensive review of the core content for Clinical Informatics that will be the basis for the examination for certification. The CME eligible course is offered live and online and helps physicians identify those areas where they may need further study. Physicians in all 24 subspecialties are now eligible to become Board Certified in Clinical Informatics through an exam offered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Pathology. Beginning in 2018, physicians must have completed a ACGME accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program in order to sit for the board exam.
AMIA continues to pursue steps towards developing Advanced Health Informatics Certification. Recognition of the certification path for board certified physicians is one step forward for the profession. It does not represent the totality of AMIA’s certification-related activities. AMIA recognizes that the opportunity for subspecialty certification is relevant to a majority of its members. An equivalent level of certification is being pursued for informaticians who have equivalent competencies.