Clinical informatics board certification: History current status and predicted impact on the clinical informatics workforce

Don E. Detmer, Benson S. Munger, Christoph U. Lehmann

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Within health and health care medical informatics and its subspecialties of biomedical clinical and public health informatics have emerged as a new discipline with increasing demands for its own work force. Knowledge and skills in medical informatics are widely acknowledged as crucial to future success in patient care research relating to biomedicine clinical care and public health as well as health policy design. The maturity of the domain and the demand on expertise necessitate standardized training and certification of professionals. The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) embarked on a major effort to create professional level education and certification for physicians of various professions and specialties in informatics. This article focuses on the AMIA effort in the professional structure of medical specialization e.g. the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the related Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This report summarizes the current progress to create a recognized sub-certificate of competence in Clinical Informatics and discusses likely near term (three to five year) implications on training certification and work force with an emphasis on clinical applied informatics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Clinical Informatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010


  • Clinical informatics
  • Continuing professional development and continuing education
  • Education
  • General healthcare providers
  • Informatics specialists
  • Professional training
  • Strategies for health IT training
  • Training and education requirements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Information Management


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