|[December 18, 2013]
Wolters Kluwer Health Physician Executives among Inaugural Group of Board Certified Clinical Informaticists
MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--
Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for
healthcare professionals and students, announced today that two of its
executives are part of the first physician cohort group to be designated
as Board Certified Clinical Informaticists. Linda Peitzman, M.D., Chief
Medical Officer, and Howard Strasberg, M.D., Vice President of Medical
Informatics (News - Alert), along with approximately 400 physicians nationwide, have
passed the first-ever board certification exam for the new
sub-specialty, administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine
in October 2013.
The Clinical Informaticist designation is the first new medical
specialty in more than 20 years. Physicians with this board
certification fill a critical role in healthcare, collaboratively
bringing together technology and clinical processes for enhanced care
delivery. These professionals may serve as Chief Medical Information
Officers (CMIOs) in hospitals and other healthcare organizations, work
under the direction of CMIOs, or hold positions with vendors of health
IT solutions such as electronic health records and clinical decision
support. They may also serve as subject matter experts in government
agencies or as academic faculty.
To be designated as a Board Certified Clinical Informaticist, a
physician must be board certified in a clinical specialty, hold a valid
state license to practice medicine, have significant work in the health
IT sector and pass a certification exam. The specialty includes
expertise in areas of healthcare systems and modeling, software
development, quality improvement, change management in healthcare,
codified terminologies, integration and system implementation, legal,
regulatory, and security issues in healthcare, and data structure and
Dr. Peitzman, Dr. Strasberg and their fellow pioneering physicians will
receive their certification in January 2014. The designation represents
the culmination of decades of work in the health IT field for both
With more than 26 years of experience in health content development and
healthcare delivery, management and leadership, Dr. Peitzman currently
leads a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, content specialists,
coding experts in clinical development and informatics at Wolters Kluwer
Health. She has served as Medical Director and Department Chair for
HealthSystem Minnesota/Park Nicollet Clinic, as a facuty member with
the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and as a practicing family
Dr. Strasberg's healthcare career spans more than 12 years with a
particular focus on building products that provide clinical decision
support and integrate knowledge with EMR and computerized physician
order entry (CPOE) systems. He is board-certified in family medicine by
the American Board of Family Medicine and the College of Family
Physicians of Canada.
"The role of the Clinical Informaticist has been elevated to a new level
of importance in recent years. It is a field with significant
opportunity to transform healthcare delivery to promote safer and more
efficient care that is patient-centered and equitable," said Arvind
Subramanian, President and CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical
Solutions. "Achieving this designation demonstrates the commitment Dr.
Peitzman and Dr. Strasberg have made to advancing technology and
clinical processes for better patient care. Their unique expertise also
plays an important role in keeping Wolters Kluwer Health on the cutting
edge of healthcare."
About Wolters Kluwer Health
Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information, business
intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry.
Serving more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, Wolters
Kluwer Health's customers include professionals, institutions and
students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands
Williams & Wilkins, Medicom®,
Medical and UpToDate®.
Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters
Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company.
Wolters Kluwer had 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion),
employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations
in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and
Latin America. Follow our official Twitter (News - Alert) handle: @WKHealth.
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