Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 694–697 | Cite as

Clinical Informatics in Psychiatric Training: Preparing Today’s Trainees for the Already Present Future

  • John TorousEmail author
  • Steven Chan
  • John Luo
  • Robert Boland
  • Donald Hilty
Column: Technology Innovation
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Technology Innovation

In an increasingly digital world, the impact and scope of technology on the specialty of psychiatry will continue to grow [1]. The rise of electronic medical records (EMRs), readily-available prescription drug databases, and health information exchanges represents a transformative change in the history of psychiatry. These technologies are only the first in a series of new information technologies that will continue to shape the field. Mobile apps, augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and big data are all active, nascent areas of mental health technology research that will likely make stronger inroads into the field.

These technology changes have inherent advantages and disadvantages on clinical care. Psychiatry trainees must be educated about clinical informatics, the study of information technology in the context of clinical care [2, 3]. Learning how clinical informatics can be applied and incorporated into psychiatric care can help trainees make informed...



The authors would like to acknowledge the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Division of Clinical Informatics, the UCSD Division of Clinical Informatics, the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine’s Clinical Informatics fellowship.

Funding Information

Dr. Torous is supported by a National Library of Medicine T15 Training Grant: 4T15LM007092-25, McCray(PI).

Compliance with Ethical Standards


On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Torous
    • 1
    Email author
  • Steven Chan
    • 2
  • John Luo
    • 3
  • Robert Boland
    • 1
  • Donald Hilty
    • 4
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.University of California San Francisco Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.University of California RiversideRiversideUSA
  4. 4.Kaweah Delta Medical CenterVisaliaUSA

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