Digital health is the future of healthcare, not an option. Resting on healthcare’s digital health posture is the calibre of leadership in clinical informatics. The right clinical leadership is required to make decisions about technology design and implementation so that it provides the information needed to drive real change in clinical practice. This leadership capability needs to be recognised by organisations embarking on their digital transformations and professional colleges who hold their registered healthcare professionals accountable for their conduct and practice. Leadership skills in clinical informatics must be developed so that the clinical and IT worlds mesh effectively to bring value to healthcare delivery and patient experience.
HISA believes leadership in clinical informatics is imperative if we are to get digital health right.
This 2017 HISA White Paper invites input from the digital health community on important leadership questions relating to:
- Preconditions to effective clinical informatics leadership including at the level of Chief X Information/ics Officer(CXIO),
- Importance of CXIO oversight to achieve effective digital transformation,
- Culture change for digital transformation is best achieved by leaders who are trusted and understand the workflow,
- Clinical governance of clinical system procurement decisions,
- Professional recognition of clinical informatics as a relevant subspecialty irrespective of primary practice and training, and
- Advancing leadership roles by specifying skills required.