Domains, tasks, and knowledge for clinical informatics subspecialty practice: Results of a practice analysis

Howard D. Silverman, Elaine B. Steen, Jacqueline N. Carpenito, Christopher J. Ondrula, Jeffrey J. Williamson, Douglas B. Fridsma

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Objective: The study sought to develop a comprehensive and current description of what Clinical Informatics Subspecialty (CIS) physician diplomates do and what they need to know. Materials and Methods: Three independent subject matter expert panels drawn from and representative of the 1695 CIS diplomates certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine contributed to the development of a draft CIS delineation of practice (DoP). An online survey was distributed to all CIS diplomates in July 2018 to validate the draft DoP. A total of 316 (18.8%) diplomates completed the survey. Survey respondents provided domain, task, and knowledge and skill (KS) ratings; qualitative feedback on the completeness of the DoP; and detailed professional background and demographic information. Results: This practice analysis resulted in a validated, comprehensive, and contemporary DoP comprising 5 domains, 42 tasks, and 139 KS statements. Discussion: The DoP that emerged from this study differs from the 2009 CIS Core Content in 2 respects. First, the DoP reflects the growth in amount, types, and utilization of health data through the addition of a practice domain, tasks, and KS statements focused on data analytics and governance. Second, the final DoP describes CIS practice in terms of tasks in addition to identifying knowledge required for competent practice. Conclusions: This study (1) articulates CIS diplomate tasks and knowledge used in practice, (2) provides data that will enable the American Board of Preventive Medicine CIS examination to align with current practice, (3) informs clinical informatics fellowship program requirements, and (4) provides insight into maintenance of certification requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)586-593
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 11 2019


  • Clinical informatics subspecialty
  • Delineation of practice
  • Physician Board Certification
  • Practice analysis
  • Workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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