Clinical Informatics

A rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field, Clinical Informatics increases the quality of health care and reduces costs by applying technology to all clinical aspects of the institution.

Our Clinical Informatics integrates the collecting, managing, reporting, and securing of data with the development of educational, outreach, and research programs. In addition to supporting the electronic health record (EHR),

Clinical informatics also oversees information security and facility and data infrastructure, enabling us to meet our goals in teaching, research, and patient care.

As the primary clinical supervisors for the IS professional workers on the eDH team, the Clinical Informatics Program is led by Dr. Peter Solberg and Dr. Michele Lauria. As Medical Director of Information Systems, Dr. Solberg chairs the informatics group as well as the Information Systems Steering Committee's (ISSC) Sub-Committee on Security and Privacy. He also serves on numerous committees that oversee the data infrastructure. In addition to her role with the Informatics Program, Associate Medical Director of Information Systems Dr. Lauria chairs the Data Warehouse Oversight Committee (DWOC).

The core Informatics Group consists of clinicians and administrators that represent a diversity of specialties. The Informatics Group meets twice each month to discuss and resolve issues, write recommendations for improving the eDH (the adopted name for the Epic Systems Corporation EHR) system and plan for training and dissemination of critical information to eDH users.

The Informatics Assembly meets monthly and is comprised of clinical delegates who serve as "Ambassadors" to departments and sections. As a group, they bring a broad perspective and intimate knowledge of how medicine is practiced and are a valuable resource and asset to the Clinical Informatics team. They play a crucial two-way role in communicating policies, procedures, preferences, recommendations, and training opportunities between the core group and the areas they represent.