Dr. Paul Clark, Concord Hospital’s Chief Medial Information Officer Receives Certification in Clinical Informatics
Paul Clark, MD
Dr. Paul Clark, Concord Hospital’s new Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), is among the first group of more than 400 pioneering physicians in the country to be certified in Clinical Informatics – an increasingly important medical specialty in which medical information and communications are used to improve patient care.
Dr. Clark, who has worked in informatics for 10 years, became CMIO in November 2013 and passed the first board-certification exam in Clinical Informatics administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in October 2013.
Dr. Clark has presented on informatics topics to several groups including the American College of Physicians and he and his team have been recognized by several national informatics groups for their work.
Clinical Informatics is the first new medical specialty to be established in more than 20 years. Physicians who practice Clinical Informatics combine their knowledge of patient care and information technology to analyze, design, implement and evaluate information and communication systems to improve care and strengthen clinician-patient relationships.
“The complexity of medical care requires new tools to provide the best care,” shared Dr. Clark. “Concord Hospital has leveraged information technology to provide the most up-to-date information available at the time patients are seen. We see the future healthcare system bringing patients and providers together as partners in making decisions using our clinical information systems.”
"Concord Hospital has been nationally recognized as a leader in the clinical application of information technology,” said Dr. David Green, Concord Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “Dr. Clark's training and leadership will help ensure that our organization will continue to bring all the benefits that information technology can offer to the patients we serve."
In addition to passing the comprehensive exam, those receiving the certification must be board-certified in a clinical specialty such as surgery or internal medicine, hold a valid state license to practice medicine and have completed significant work in health information technology.
Dr. Clark received his Clinical Informatics certification in January 2014.