Clinical Informatics: Prospects for a New Medical Subspecialty | JAMA

Don Detmer MD and Edward Shortliffe MD PhD:

Clinical informatics is not simply “computers in medicine” but rather is a body of knowledge, methods, and theories that focus on the effective use of information and knowledge to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of patient care as well as the health of both individuals and populations.

This is an important paper for anyone interested in the nascent medical subspecialty of clinical informatics.