The power of clinical informatics: A primer for medical students

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If you’re like most people in the health care world, a daily stop in your media diet is a check on the latest figures on case counts, hospitalizations, test-positivity rates and other COVID-19 data points in your area. The use of such data to drive public health response is just one example of the power of organized health care information to help improve care delivery and patient outcomes.The data collected in the health care setting, most frequently found in electronic health records (EHRs), can be a forceful tool in improving the quality of care and generating more positive health outcomes.
But how do you use the data to foster better results? Clinical informatics brings together the people, data and technology to study, organize and communicate the information in meaningful ways in the clinical setting.
A new education module offered via the AMA Ed Hub™ helps medical students—and residents and physicians who may not have received such training—understand the major terminology used in clinical informatics and related topics. It also describes for learners the role clinical informatics plays in clinical health care delivery, discusses supplemental ways clinical data is used and explains how clinical informatics informs the …

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