Clinical Informatics Board Specialty Certification for Physicians: A Global View

Adi V. Gundlapalli, Aditya V. Gundlapalli, William W. Greaves, Denece Kesler, Peter Murray, Charles Safran, Christoph U. Lehmann

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Abstract

Clinical informatics workforce development is a high priority for medicine. Professional board certification for physicians is an important tool to demonstrating excellence. The recent recognition of clinical informatics as a subspecialty board in the U.S. has generated interest and excitement among the U.S. informatics community. To determine the extent of similar programs in countries around the world, we performed literature searches with relevant keywords and internet searches of websites of informatics societies around the world for mentions or descriptions of certifications and reviewed publicly available sources. The U.S. certification was prominent in the recent published literature. Germany and Belgium have long-standing certifications with South Korea and Sri Lanka considering similar programs. This is the first global view of clinical informatics board certification for physicians. Training and certification for non-physician informatics professionals in allied areas are widespread. Official recognition and certification for physicians and all informatics professionals represents a key component of capacity building and a means of addressing the shortage of a skilled informatics workforce. Wider adoption of certification programs may further attracting talent and accelerate growth of the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Pages501-505
Number of pages5
Volume216
ISBN (Print)9781614995630
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics, MEDINFO 2015 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Duration: Aug 19 2015Aug 23 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume216
ISSN (Print)09269630
ISSN (Electronic)18798365

Other

Other15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics, MEDINFO 2015
CountryBrazil
CitySao Paulo
Period8/19/158/23/15

Keywords

  • board certification
  • Clinical informatics
  • informatics workforce
  • physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Gundlapalli, A. V., Gundlapalli, A. V., Greaves, W. W., Kesler, D., Murray, P., Safran, C., & Lehmann, C. U. (2015). Clinical Informatics Board Specialty Certification for Physicians: A Global View. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Vol. 216, pp. 501-505). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 216). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-564-7-501