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Introducing the national clinical informatics team

Lara Hopley, chief clinical informatics officer (CCIO) Health New Zealand, Te Whatu Ora

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In medicine at present, we have a lot of problems—overloaded clinicians, technical debt, siloes, fiefdoms, unwanted variation that puts people at risk, waste and gaps: especially gaps. As the name suggests, clinical informatics is there to help bridge the gap between clinical medicine and information science.

Few people are good at both. We have brought together a group of experts in both fields, complementing one another (and even complimenting one another, too)! It is pathetically easy to trade off short-term gains for long-term pain; with clinical informatics, we try to step back and look at the bigger picture. This article introduces you to this nascent team, that will grow and develop over time, but what are we actually going to do?


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