Back in 2005, when he was still a faculty member at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Dean Sittig, PhD established the Clinical Informatics Wiki (ClinfoWiki), a wiki devoted to topics in Clinical Informatics. The Clinfowiki site has been popular over the years, accumulating over 11 million page views. The building out of Clinfowiki was achieved in part by content added by OHSU students for their course project in Clinical Information Systems (BMI 512), a course in OHSU's biomedical informatics graduate program.
When Dr. Sittig moved on to become a Professor at the University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston, he maintained his role in Clinfowiki but also brought on help from Vishnu Mohan, MD, MBI, a new informatics faculty at OHSU. Dr. Mohan took over teaching the Clinical Information Systems course and continued the Clinofwiki assignment in the class. Some of Dr. Sittig's students at his new university added content as well, as did people from other places who signed up for editing privileges.
Through the course and others who have added content, the wiki currently contains 866 content topics, with over 3000 pages of information. Over 1000 registered users have contributed over 16,500 page edits since Clinowiki was launched.
For this who wish to add or modify content, the Log In/Create Account link at the top right of the screen provides access to a form where individuals can request an account with editing privileges.
Clinfowiki, like many good wikis, represents a stellar example of collaborative knowledge resource development. We hope to see it continue to grow and serve as a useful resource in clinical informatics.