Health Informatics Unit (HIU)

After 16 years of work at the forefront of clinical informatics, the Health Informatics Unit (HIU) will close for business on 29 March 2019.

The closure of the HIU has been a difficult decision for the RCP but comes as a result of renewed and different thinking on how, as a professional body, we contribute to the increasingly fast-moving digital and new technologies agenda and how we ensure financial sustainability for these developments.

Since 2002 the HIU has played a unique and leading professional role in the field of health informatics, achieving success and influencing improvements in health informatics.

The HIU’s work programme encompassed healthcare record standards, data quality, new technologies and learning resources, and aimed to improve patient care by:

  • providing clinical leadership for the development and implementation of standards for the structure and content of care records to achieve interoperability between computer systems in different care settings
  • advising on and promoting the implementation and use of safe and effective new technologies
  • promoting the professionalisation of clinical informatics and the development of career pathways for those wanting to specialise in this field.