Communications of the IIMA


The medical informatics field is going through a rapid change. The current model used is one of patient to physician, with information technology as a value added segment. However, with rapid developments in hardware and software, innovations in the medical informatics field can take a quantum leap forward by changing its basic model of thinking. The evolving field of medical informatics is giving way to new developments in clinical informatics. With clinical informatics comes the natural progression to patient centered care, and patient access, to a plethora of online information. A new model is proposed of patient to information technology with the physician as the value added segment.