P&S Journal: Winter 1995, Vol.15, No.1
Graduate Program in Informatics
P&S has become the first academic institution in New York state and one of about 20 schools nationwide to offer a graduate program in medical informatics, a field of increasing growth as the medical community searches for practical ways to cut costs and reduce paperwork.
"Computers can be used to help contain, and perhaps even lower, the future cost of delivered care," says Dr. Barry A. Allen, assistant professor of medical informatics. "At the same time that we work toward cost control, we must use computers to maintain or improve the quality of the care provided. But for this to happen, we need to train more good people to build the needed systems that will assist our health care professionals deliver future care."
The program trains students for both academic careers as researchers and teachers and professional positions managing information resources in the health care field. M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in medical informatics are offered.
"Hopefully, our program will become a major contributor of talented, trained people who will reach out to build the future generations of computer systems used to deliver improved medical care," Dr. Allen says.