Monday, December 30, 2013
MetroHealth’s Chief Medical Informatics Officer is First in Cleveland to Earn Clinical Informatics Board Certification
Dr. David Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH, Chief Medical Informatics Officer is the first person in Cleveland to earn his board certification for clinical informatics.
The newly minted certification was made available this year by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, with fewer than 500 certified physicians nationwide. Dr. Kaelber is one of only 15 in the state and is the first to receive certification in Cleveland.
“Clinical informatics is a rapidly developing medical specialty,” said Dr. Kaelber. “As electronic health record systems and other health information technology become more prolific and complex, these systems become the nervous system of health care. It is critical to have physicians who understand both clinical medicine and how these systems work for health care organizations to be successful.”
Based on the growing demand for formally trained and certified clinical informaticists, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) spearheaded the initiative to develop a blue print for CI training.
According to AMIA, the role of the clinical informaticist is to use knowledge of informatics concepts, methods and tools to improve clinical information systems and patient care.
Recently, MetroHealth has reached several health IT milestones, including recognition as a Stage 6 HIMSS Ambulatory health system for its adoption and use of electronic medical records, and its achievement of more than 90,000 health information exchanges.
About The MetroHealth System
The MetroHealth System is a public health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 6,000 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at 16 community health centers. MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s only Adult Level I Trauma Center and Comprehensive Burn Care Center. In the past year, MetroHealth provided more than one million patient visits in its hospital and community health centers.
MetroHealth is also an academic medical center committed to teaching and research; each of its active physicians holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth has earned Magnet status, which places it in the top seven percent of all hospitals nationwide for nursing excellence.
MetroHealth’s mission is “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork." For more information, visit www.metrohealth.org.