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Clinical infomatics update

Robert Simpson, the IBMS Informatics Lead, gives an update and outlines the latest developments in the emerging field.

Clinical informatics and those who work in the field are receiving increasing attention from governments and leaders in healthcare. In pathology and laboratory medicine, the most obvious area where biomedical scientists are involved in clinical informatics is pathology IT departments, although biomedical scientists who work with clinical databases are acquiring skills in clinical informatics. 

As IT and software engineers develop the next generation of laboratory information management systems (LIMS), electronic medical records and clinical informatics systems, they are turning to biomedical scientists as subject matter experts to help design and configure them. 

Roles in hospitals, trusts and CCGs are emerging for clinicians with an interest in health informatics. 

For example, Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) posts are sometimes open to senior non-medical registered clinical practitioners from professions such as Biomedical and Clinical Science. CCIOs are senior roles with responsibility for the clinical informatics systems, policies and processes required in an organisation. There is a Chief Nursing Information Officer equivalent role in some organisations.  

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