Health Informatics (HI) is the science that defines how health information is captured, analyzed, transmitted and managed. It focuses on information systems, informatics principles and information technology as it is applied to the continuum of health care delivery.
This integrated discipline features specialty domains in management science, management engineering principles, health care delivery and public health, patient safety, information science and computer technology.
HI professionals are in great demand across the country, and will continue to be needed as federal mandates for electronic health information networks are implemented. Every day, HI professionals make a difference in the lives of patients, health care providers and administrators by:
- Setting standards for electronic records;
- Educating and advising about electronic health records issues;
- Advocating for records quality and standards compliance, especially regarding patient privacy and security and interoperability;
- Providing health information to support clinical decision making;
- Anticipating and shaping new developments in mobile health, usability and big data application;
- Analyzing data for clinical research, auditing, quality assessment, risk management and costs assessment.
New Job Opportunities to Keep Up With Industry Need
“The massive changes happening within the medical industry are creating new job opportunities for people with new types of skills… People with data analysis skills are in demand within the health-care industry as quality becomes increasingly important, Hauser said. ‘We’ve been hiring lots of people with data and informatics backgrounds.’” - By Cheryl Powell, Akron Beacon Journal medical writer
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