Skills Needed in Informatics – Eric Swirsky, JD, MA

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Eric Swirsky, JD, MA

Summary: Find out what skills are needed in the informatics profession.


From a professionalism side, it’s one thing to know what to do, and I believe that the faculty here know how to deliver that information. How to build secure systems, how to understand the implication of these systems. From my perspective, there is a certain way to go about doing things as well. Not just having the knowledge and the expertise to be able to do it, but then be able to have the sense of how to get that done.

It’s not just project management, it’s how to interact in a diverse inter-professional environment, and that’s really what informaticians are going to require. They are going into very hierarchical institutions, where there is a clear sense of who’s on top and who’s closer to the bottom. Informaticians need to operate within that and be able to get things done on all levels and then be all things to all of these people.

They are going to be able to have to navigate that. They are going to need good communication skills and professionalism skills to be able to deal with the different professions and personalities to get their job done, ultimately, for the benefit of patients and the clinical experience. That’s what we want.

The other part though, comes with decision-making and the way in which critical thinking needs to be employed to understand and answer some of the cross-cutting issues that informaticians are going to face. There are many of them out there. Informaticians are uniquely situated between clinical work, between computer science work, and then information management. They need to be able to work in all three of those fields simultaneously and be able to convey those messages in different ways to different stakeholders.