By William Hersh MD – One of the most enjoyable and impactful activities of my career has been the 10×10 course, which is an online introductory course in biomedical and health informatics that I teach in partnership with the American Medical Informatics Association.Read More
Informatics and Analytics
By William Hersh MD – A three-year extension to the Practice Pathway of board certification eligibility for the clinical informatics subspecialty has been approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties for the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
By William Hersh MD – As is the tradition with this blog, I end each year with a reflective look at the year past and what the future may hold. The year 2021 is not ending quite like I anticipated. At the beginning of the year, there were stirrings of optimism.
By William Hersh MD – When I teach about the features of search engines like PubMed, I often quip that if you use the limit function to narrow your search to randomized controlled trials, which are the best evidence for medical and health interventions, and you still have many retrievals.
By William Hersh MD – I often muse that there are few computer applications that truly save me time. For all the fun and productive things that computers enable me to do, they are just as often a time sink rather than a time saver, especially when hardware or software go wrong.
By William Hersh MD – After several years of planning, professional certification is coming to the rest of the informatics field, i.e., moving beyond just board certification for eligible physicians. The AMIA has now rolled out the AMIA Health Informatics Certification (AHIC, formerly Advanced Health Informatics Certification).
By William Hersh MD – While I agree with those who argue that scientific rankings, especially based on bibliographic citation indicators, are limited in their measurement of a scientist’s impact, I must admit a certain fascination with them. Perhaps that stems from my interest in dissemination and retrieval of scientific information generally.
By Peyman Zand – Healthcare CIOs face increasing pressure to implement advanced analytics at virtually every turn. According to a recent State of the CIO Survey by IDG, twenty-five percent of IT leaders plan expect advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive their technology investments in 2021.
By William Hersh MD – In addition to its public health problems, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed other fault lines in society, not the least of which is systematic racism that still pervades American society. A more equitable society would ensure diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life, including in healthcare and in biomedical research.