Informatics, the Clinical Transformation Engine – Pt 2

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.

Divurgent believes Informatics will serve as the “clinical transformation” engine that permits organizations to make significant, even revolutionary changes to the care giving process.  Informatics will be a major focus of many healthcare organizations over the next five years. New organizations will be created, some informaticists will return to the nursing floors to provide “elbow” support and recalled for major upgrades, and there will be an effort to engage the entire organization in this activity. In the end, we project that between 20% and 30% of the IT labor spend will be devoted to informatics personnel located both inside and outside of IT.

All healthcare IT organizations retain some level of clinically trained personnel in their organization. IT professionals without any clinical training are not typically assigned an informatics role, primarily because IT professionals have difficulty understanding the nuances of the clinical process and do not command the respect of clinicians that is needed to be successful in this role.

A distinction is being made between different informatics groups. The term Medical Informatics refers to informatics activity dealing with physician processes and practices. The terms Clinical Informatics and Nursing Informatics focus on non-physician related clinical activity. Medical Informatics is led by the CMIO and Clinical/Nursing Informatics is led by a Nursing leader such as the CNIO.


“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 The Physician Office Rollout Model

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