Whether it’s a public health informatics director like Vivian Singletary, a clinical and imaging informatician like William Hsu, PhD, a pediatrician like Emily Webber, MD, FAAP, or a professor like Saif Khairat, PhD, informaticians are instrumental in helping people receive quality care.
For Ms. Singletary, it’s the power of combining business processes and health information systems to improve global public health, such as addressing the causes of childhood mortality in developing countries.
For Dr. Hsu, it’s helping physicians make diagnostic decisions by developing tools to improve the specificity of screening for diseases such as breast cancer.
For Dr. Webber, it’s looking at how transparent communication can affect patient expectations, engagement and education, especially for pediatric patients to advocate for public health and provide patient outreach and education.
For Dr. Khairat, it was when his late grandfather was diagnosed with a terminal illness and experienced a medical error that triggered how his passion to help make a difference in improving the healthcare system and patient outcomes. This led to his research in combating the leading cause of medical errors – clinical communication.
Why Informatics? To help patients, and the healthcare providers treating them, to live healthy lives.