Features  |   April 2015
Clinical Informatics: The Convergence of Information Science and Health Care
Author Affiliations
  • Mohamed A. Rehman, M.D.
    Committee on Electronic Media and Information
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Features   |   April 2015
Clinical Informatics: The Convergence of Information Science and Health Care
ASA Monitor 04 2015, Vol.79, 22-24.
ASA Monitor 04 2015, Vol.79, 22-24.
In 2009, the U.S. government enacted the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, incentivizing health care organizations and providers to implement electronic health record (EHR) systems to improve the quality and efficiency of health care.1  Hospitals and health care organizations with EHRs amass patient data in electronic form that can be explored and analyzed with the goals of improving patient care, optimizing resource allocation and utilization, and enhancing decision-making at the clinical and enterprise levels.2  The pursuit of these goals has created an increasing demand for competently trained individuals who are well-versed in both the medical and information sciences.3 
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