Informatics, the Clinical Transformation Engine – Pt 1

This is one in a series of blog posts discussing Divurgent’s 2014 IT Organization Best Practice Study.  To view earlier blogs from this series, click here.

Informatics, defined by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), is to “transform health care by analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information and the commination systems that enhance individual and population health outcomes, improve patient care, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship.” No CIO in our study defined informatics as deftly as JAMIA, but their definitions fell into one of the following three categories:

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The reporting relationship between informatics and IT was also a major discussion item. There was a direct relationship between the organization’s definition of Informatics and where Informatics reported, as the following table demonstrates.

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“Responsibility for defining and understanding informatics is shared across the organization. The folks that understand the operational areas, who are leaders of the actual areas where the data is captured, need to take the lead.”

“Informatics is grounded in an integrated, multidisciplinary structure. Informatics strategically guides the design, implementation and integration of information systems and clinical technology to optimize care delivery and patient outcomes.”

“Define Informatics as clinicians, care givers and data specialists using data to drive change.”

“Informatics was moved out of IT so the business could start transitioning to a data driven organization without being bogged down by technology issues and concerns.”

The topic of the next blog entry will be Informatics, the Clinical Transformation Engine – Part 2.

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