Dr. Yonas TamratI am currently a fellow in the Division of Clinical Informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I am also enrolled in the masters program in Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. My clinical background is internal medicine. I decided to pursue a career in clinical informatics, in part due to my desire to be involved in clinical research. I realized early on in my clinical training the importance of information technology in patient care and its potential to help clinical practice in fundamental ways. Clinical Informatics, which sits at the intersection of clinical practice, information technology and healthcare administration, aims to improve quality of healthcare delivery through robust design, implementation and evaluation of clinical information systems. The use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems in hospitals and physicians’ offices has the potential to generate a wealth of data for clinical researchers to study various aspects of the healthcare system.
As part of my biomedical informatics fellowship, I am working on several research initiatives. One of the projects is to examine the use of the personal health record system at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center over a ten-year period.