I have been developing an interest in clinical informatics in recent years, and I was thinking that this subject area would be a good fit for the Stack Exchange model.

I am hoping to get feedback on whether Medical Sciences would consider all aspects of clinical informatics on-topic here? My guess is no, because clinical informatics is a diverse field, incorporating clinical aspects, data science, software development, technology and professional skills. For example, this might include coding questions about manipulating data, or interoperability standards.

Medical sciences has 46 questions under the health-informatics tag, though only 13 with accepted answers.


I think that clinical informatics is diverse enough to warrant its own stack, and to that end I have submitted a proposal on Area51.

I would be grateful for feedback on whether this is a good idea, or if it would have unacceptable overlap with Medical Sciences.

I want to be clear that this is not intended to undermine Medical Sciences in any way. I love it here. I was just thinking that clinical informatics would be a good fit for its own site.

If you think it's helpful and clinical informatics is of interest to you, please consider following it or suggesting questions at area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/127893/clinical-informatics, as per the usual Area51 process.

  • This is quite a fraught time across the network: openletter.mousetail.nl - probably not the best environment to try to start a new site.
    – Bryan Krause Mod
    Commented Jun 20, 2023 at 16:09
  • @BryanKrauseisonstrike Ah, that explains why a flag I raised a for probable AI content over on SO hasn’t been actioned yet.
    – Chris
    Commented Jun 20, 2023 at 17:52
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    Yep, that would be why. It's the same reason there are currently 4 flags on MedSci posts that remain unaddressed after several days and a half-dozen questions still open that should have been closed. I think your idea has merit, and I think you're right that it should be its own site, but now's just not the best time.
    – Carey Gregory Mod
    Commented Jun 21, 2023 at 0:37
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    @CareyGregoryisonstrike Thanks. Was just reading up about the strike action - you have my full support.
    – Chris
    Commented Jun 21, 2023 at 18:00
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    Hi Chris, now that the strike has concluded (and I'm now visiting the site--I couldn't stomach looking at all the crap and do nothing), I just want to say that I think clinical / health informatics questions are fully appropriate (disclaimer, I am a board certified clinical informaticist). I'm happy to help set up tags, tag excerpts, and tag wikis and help grow the community as a destination to ask and answer clinical / health informatics questions.
    – Ian Campbell Mod
    Commented Aug 3, 2023 at 13:52
  • @IanCampbell Thanks for this. Your support is much appreciated!
    – Chris
    Commented Aug 11, 2023 at 23:29
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    I finally got around to cleaning up the [health-informatics] tag; removing it from questions where it was not relevant. Most of these might have been looking for a generic health tag instead. There are now 38 questions with the [health-informatics] tag.
    – Chris
    Commented Mar 12 at 21:39


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