In 2013, Clinical Informatics was recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) as a formal medical subspecialty. Clinical Informatics is the application of computer science and information/communications technology to deliver healthcare services. It includes a wide range of topics ranging from clinical decision support to visual images (e.g. radiological, pathological, dermatological, ophthalmological, etc); from clinical documentation to provider order entry systems; and from system design to system implementation and adoption issues. Formalizing the Clinical Informatics specialty became a necessity in light of the increasing adoption of healthcare information technology (HIT) and the value of improving the quality and safety of care using these emerging HIT tools.

The science of Informatics drives the innovation that define future approaches to information and knowledge management in biomedical research, clinical care, and public health. Informatics researchers develop, introduce, and evaluate new biomedically motivated methods in areas as diverse as data mining (deriving new knowledge from large databases), natural language or text processing, cognitive science, human interface design, decision support, databases, and algorithms for analyzing large amounts of data generated in public health, clinical research, or genomics/proteomics. The science of informatics is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on (and contributing to) a large number of other component fields, including computer science, decision science, information science, management science, cognitive science, and organizational theory.

Physicians who practice Clinical Informatics collaborate with other health care and information technology professionals to analyze, design, implement and evaluate information and communication systems that enhance individual and population health outcomes, improve patient care, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship. Clinical Informaticians use their knowledge of patient care combined with their understanding of informatics concepts, methods, and tools to assess information and knowledge needs of healthcare professionals and patients; characterize, evaluate, and refine clinical processes; develop, implement, and refine clinical decision support systems; and lead or participate in the procurement, customization, development, implementation, management, evaluation, and continuous improvement of clinical information systems.

UAMS Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program – is an ACGME-accredited fellowship program. Today, there are over 40 ACGME accredited Clinical Informatics Training programs in the country and UAMS is among the pioneering programs for this medical subspecialty training program.


Clinical Informatics Faculty Group

Division of Clinical Informatics, Department of Pediatrics, UAMS College of Medicine