Vendors provide a wide variety of training opportunities; however, such training is more product oriented and lack coverage of fundamentals. That is where the colleges and universities should take a role. For example, it is hard to understand the workings of a MRI without knowing some fundamentals of physics, and the same applies for knowing how a PACS system works without any knowledge of HL7 and DICOM interfaces. Similarly, one needs knowledge of coding systems for EMR support and database knowledge to manage a hospital information system.
One of the issues with medical informatics is that there is no accepted general curriculum. This type of training is typically provided by three major academic tracks, the clinical track focuses on nursing, training for physicians and public health scientists. The engineering track supports those working toward biomedical engineering or bio-informatics degrees. Finally medical information management, with its focus on coding, organizing and indexing, typically supports those on a library sciences track.
Even within this general framework there are many variations and terms used to identify this type of training. Here is a list generated from our own search:
Number of programs
Clinical Research Informatics
Public Health Informatics
Applied Health Informatics