Dr. Rose Kenny is a physician who practices family medicine in Redmond, Oregon, where she has owned and operated the Family Care Center since the summer of 2002. She relocated to Oregon from her native Vermont in 2001.
She says that her mission as a doctor is to combine clinical practice with Informatics, a term that broadly describes the processing, storage and retrieval of data. In medicine, Informatics is a merger of medical and computer science, with the aim of improving healthcare and patient outcomes. Informatics professionals, say the experts, put technology to its best use in patient care, and in clinical and research settings.
There are specialties within the field of Informatics, such as bioinformatics, public health informatics, organizational informatics, and social informatics. Informatics professionals are engaged in the following tasks:
- improving the way that medical facilities and practices keep electronic health care records
- improving communications between healthcare providers and facilities, so there are better patient outcomes
- storing, managing and analyzing medical data
- assisting in technology-driven research
Dr. Rose Kenny is the Clinical Informatician at the Family Care Center. She studied Clinical Informatics at the Kansas University Medical Center in 2015, and at the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics the same year. She is currently working toward a Masters in Biomedical Informatics in an online Masters course she began in January of 2016. She received her medical degree in 1995 from the Tufts University School of Medicine, and studied neurophysiology at the University of Freidburg in Germany.