What is Health Informatics?
The University of Findlay is based on the science behind electronic health records. Health informatics is the field that defines how health information is technically captured, transmitted and utilized.
Health informatics focuses on information systems, informatics principles and information technology as it is applied to the continuum of health care delivery. It is an integrated discipline with specialty areas that include:
- Management science
- Management engineering principles
- Health care delivery and public health
- Patient safety
- Information science
- Computer technology
At The University of Findlay, you can earn a master’s degree in this rapidly growing field in just two years. Our program can be completed online and applicants are not required to take the graduate record exam (GRE).
The program is conducted through a combination of live, online classes and course assignments that can be completed at the student's convenience. In addition, all students are required to attend an eight-hour, in-person class session at the end of each semester.
What can you do with a master’s degree in health informatics?
With the advent of health care reform, there is an increased focus on transparency in health care and patient demand for their health information to be available electronically. Health informatics is an evolving
field. Responsible for the collection, storing and proper delivery of confidential medical data, the demand for these skilled individuals is rapidly surpassing the national supply.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), demand for health informatics professionals will increase by 20 percent through 2018. More information can be found by visiting the BLS website
. The main specialization areas of health informatics jobs are:
Physician clinical informatics
Clinical research informatics
Consumer health informatics
Public health/population informatics
Mental health informatics
Primary care informatics
Telemedicine and mobile computing informatics
For more information about the field of health informatics, visit the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) website.