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Dan Rubin, MD, MHI on the future of health informatics

LogicStream co-founder and chief medical officer, Dan Rubin, MD, MHI, was recently interviewed by eLearners.com. Rubin had the chance to share his thoughts on the future of health informatics and the importance this specialty as health systems continue to integrate more technology and data into their clinical practices.

Health systems are moving beyond implementation as it relates to the electronic health record. Optimization will happen at those organizations that understand the value in measuring beyond simply patient outcomes. Those who focus on assessment, implementation and measurement of their clinical care practices will be the ones who are able to make significant differences in the lives of patients and the methods in which they deliver care.

Rubin discussed the field of health informatics, why now is a good time to be focused on it, how health informatics is changing healthcare operations and more. You can read the entire interview here.

Here are a couple highlights:

eLearners: In your own words, how would you describe the field of health informatics to someone who is not familiar?

There are two key disciplines – clinical medicine and computer/data science. Where the two come together is health informatics. What’s really exciting about this crossover area is how powerful it is for improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs on a large scale.

eLearners: How is health informatics changing healthcare operations and patient care?

There are some obvious changes occurring – many of us see our healthcare providers interacting with computers much more when we go to the doctor, a lot of us now can get to some portion of our medical record via computer. Some other large changes are happening behind the scenes – in how hospitals and clinics operate. These changes are driven in part by the large volumes of data that can now be collected because of electronic health record adoption. This data collection is foundational for changes to our healthcare system. The actual use of the data to improve outcomes and reduce costs is just in its infancy but that’s where the most exciting potential is.