Clinical Informatics

Credits: 4 CREDITS (Non-Clinical Elective)
Director(s): Chase Parsons
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month Sept-May
Location: CHMC - Children's Hosp Medical Center (7)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: This is a four-week elective experience aimed at introducing students to the field of Clinical Informatics. Clinical Informatics is the application of information technology to healthcare delivery, encompassing computerized order entry, clinical decision support, electronic clinical documentation, workflow improvement, big data, population health, and other technologies. Students will learn the core content of clinical informatics from our expert faculty first-hand through one-on-one experiences with various members of our faculty, focused on areas of interest. Students will also explore the unique challenge of technology implementation in the pediatric healthcare setting and explore the historical and political influences which helped establish the current state of Informatics in our health system. Learning experiences will involve direct faculty mentorship, independent reading assignments, formal lecture-based learning, and presentations to Informatics Fellows and Faculty.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Evidence-based medicine and practices will be integrated into the curriculum of this course through reading of academic literature and case-based examples. The student will also be required to attend in-person formal lectures and present at the Boston Children's Clinical Informatics journal club.