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Published on February 10, 2014

Pankaj Jandwani, M.D., Gains Certification in New Subspecialty Area of Clinical Informatics

Pankaj Jandwani, M.D.Pankaj Jandwani, M.D., internal medicine physician and chief medical informatics officer of MidMichigan Health, has been named among the first-ever diplomates in the subspecialty of clinical informatics after board certification this month by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).

Health care informatics involves the use of computers and electronic medical records to document health care information, communicate to other members of the care team, plan and deliver patient care and report patient outcomes with the goal being evidence-based, high quality, and safe patient care. Experts in the field point to the subspecialty as a critical avenue to optimizing care, reducing errors, and rooting practice in evidence.

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) defined and helped to create the discipline to help standardize clinical informatics training programs, increase the number of training opportunities available, and provide immediately recognized credentials for organizations hiring informaticians.

Dr. Jandwani, who leads health care informatics for MidMichigan, also practices as vice president of medical affairs for MidMichigan’s continuing care services MidMichigan Stratford Village, MidMichigan Gladwin Pines and MidMichigan Medical Center–Gratiot RehabCentre.

“This new board certification is proof positive that the need for the use of electronic medical records in clearly planning, communicating, documenting and following through insures patient safety and clinical outcomes,” Jandwani said. “I am pleased that the AMIA and ABPM have created this credentialing process.”

"We congratulate the newly certified leaders of the clinical informatics field, as they take their next step toward improving healthcare delivery,” said AMIA Incoming Board of Directors Chair Blackford Middleton, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.c., F.A.C.M.I. “These physicians have demonstrated that they understand the design and implementation of informatics systems, and are poised to integrate these solutions into their healthcare delivery organizations."

The new subspecialty and notification of the board certification coincides with the ramp up to iHealth 2014, the only professional meeting devoted to clinical informaticians. The meeting, recently held in Orlando, Fla., brought together leaders in health information technology, patient safety, quality metrics and innovations in population health.

The subspecialty was approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 2011. The 455 new subspecialists were notified of their certification in December.

"Clinical informatics has arrived, and I’m proud to be a part of the pioneer class of leaders in this field,” said William Hersh, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.I., professor and chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) at Oregon Health & Science University, who both received his board certification this month and directed AMIA’s Clinical Informatics Board Review Course. “When you look at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) definition of the informatics discipline, the operative word is ‘transform.’ Every day, informaticians are working in their healthcare settings to change how we do things, to improve patient care and population health."

The board certification is open to physicians of all specialties, encouraging interdisciplinary cooperation in the clinical informatics field. Physicians can currently become eligible for the exam by demonstrating practical informatics experience. However, after five years, candidates for the subspecialty will need to complete an accredited clinical informatics fellowship with the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME).

Those interested in a complete list of new clinical informatics subspecialists, may visit www.amia.org. Those interested in more information about the board certification, may visit www.theabpm.org. Those interested in more information about Dr. Jandwani may visit www.midmichigan.org/doctors.