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.

Clinical Informatics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) 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 D-H to meet its goals in teaching, research and patient care.

As the primary clinical supervisors for the IS professional workers on the eD-H 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 at D-H. 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 eD-H (the adopted name for the Epic Systems Corporation EHR) system and plan for training and dissemination of critical information to eD-H 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 at D-H 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.