Informatics Elective for Duke Medical Students

Introduction to Informatics

This elective provides students with an opportunity to explore the integration of medicine and information technologies in an experiential manner by working on an ongoing or self-initiated medical IT project. In doing so, students will gain an understanding of the field of clinical informatics and the role it plays in the national effort to improve quality of care and eliminate medical errors. Additionally, topics students will explore include: Electronic medical systems (e.g. EHR, PHR, CPOE, CDS); Role of health IT in patient safety; Health information standardization (e.g. HL7); and Medical Information Terminologies/Taxonomies (e.g. SNOMED). Permission of the instructor is required.

For more information about the course, students should contact the Duke Center for Health Informatics, Vivian West, PhD via email at, or by phone, 919-668-0189. Offered Spring only. Enrollment: 5. Credit: 4.