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Session Chairs: Jane Zhao, BA, MD and Gretchen Jackson, MD, PhD
Speakers: Raquel Forsythe, MD, Gretchen Jackson, MD, PhD, Alexander Langerman, MD, MS, Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD, MA, and David Schneider, MD

Clinical informatics is board-certifiable subspecialty that arose as a result of the perceived need for educated clinicians capable of interpreting the data and making informed decisions to influence the selection and implementation of different information systems and technologies, and at a higher level, drive policy changes. Surgeons have unique perspectives and workflow needs. These distinctions are why more surgeons need to be aware of the discipline of clinical informatics and why we need more surgeon informaticians. This is a session that will be beneficial to all surgeons, since technology and big data will be the drivers of healthcare for the next several years.

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what informatics is and the role it plays in education, patient safety, research, administrative operations, innovation, and policy. Distinguish informatics from computer science, statistics, and health services research.
  • Recognize the barriers that exist due to a lack of surgery representation in informatics
  • Recognize the return in investment in pursuing dedicated informatics training and the career advancement opportunities in store for surgeon informaticians. Future trends for surgeon informaticians.
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