The future of quality patient care lies in health informatics — a multidisciplinary, integrative field that applies principles of computer, cognitive, social and information science.
Efficient and effective information management and informatics require a collection-to-action team effort. Data must be collected carefully, with the ability to identify discrete data points that are clinically important for effective extraction and analysis, all without overburdening the users.
Collaboration must exist between the users who input the information, information technology staff who create informatics solutions and the numerous end users of the data. The third group comprises faculty and staff such as Administration and the Quality department, along with University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville personnel involved with teaching and research.
Keeping the flow of this data organized and easily available requires significant governance. The necessity of such governance was difficult to foresee, as the role of informatics exploded logarithmically over the past decade and the data on our campus became siloed — functionally and along college and hospital lines.