Top Health Technology Trends & Insights

Graphic with rising arrow to depict emerging health information technology As we entered the second half of 2018, our Graduate Programs in Health Informatics weighed in on the major trends we can look forward to seeing in healthcare. The landscape of the industry changes regularly, but some prominent tech improvements continue to stand out. The following three emerging health information technology examples are advancing healthcare’s mission of delivering more efficient and effective care, and ensuring that patient service and security remain the focus in that pursuit. 1. Telemedicine Mobile health continues to lead the fight towards improving patient engagement and experience. Although this strategy and practice has existed within healthcare in past years, telemedicine is currently making its biggest impact yet. As access to healthcare is becoming more limited… Read more >>
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American Tech Giants Enter the Race to Improve Healthcare

Illustration of a doctor pointing to a clipboard with several logos around his head such as Amazon, Google, and Apple to depict healthcare tech The United States spends more than $3 trillion annually on health care, making it the fifth largest industry in the country. In 2017, ten of the largest American tech giants entered the healthcare race and became involved in health care equity deals valued at more than $2.7 billion, up 90% since 2012. As technology begins to shape the future of healthcare, the demand for health professionals such as those well-versed in health informatics continues to climb. The Stunning Growth of Tech in Healthcare In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law. This bill provided economic stimulus in areas like tax relief, social welfare provisions, and unemployment benefits. Included in this $787 billion legislation, 20% was… Read more >>
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Infographic: What is Health Informatics?

An infographic that explains the Master in Health Informatics program and how it combines healthcare and health technology Learn more about the field that intersects healthcare and health technology to empower people to lead healthier lives. The Master of Science in Health Informatics degree at UNE Online centers its approach around the student experience and how each student experiences education. We pioneer our programs to be innovative through technology, focused on three specific areas of study, and aligned to produce career-ready professionals to lead in healthcare. As demand for experts in this field continues to rise, UNE Online works hard to ensure that you are ready to join the field and complete the program in two years or fewer. Read below about all the ways UNE Online’s competitive design and structure can suit your personal goals and needs.… Read more >>
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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Joseph Walton, PharmD, MS, BCPS – Health Informatics

Dr. Joseph Walton Dr. Joseph Walton is a faculty member in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies in the Health Informatics program, and has some fascinating projects going on in his professional career. We spoke with Dr. Walton recently about his work in the field of Health Informatics, and how he creates a sense of community among his online students. Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what drew you to teaching at UNE Online? I have been in the Pharmacy Informatics field for about five years now. I graduated from pharmacy school with a dual degree, earning both a Pharm.D. and a Master’s in Science and Technology Management. Throughout my education, I was able to incorporate a… Read more >>
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Health Informatics: New Focus Areas!

Health Informatics at UNE Online, new focus areas The Health Informatics program at UNE Online offers two options – a 36 credit-hour Master of Science in Health Informatics program that can be completed in as little as two years, and a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics that can be completed in just one year. Both programs are 100% online, with no campus visits required, and no GRE required. Very recently, we introduced three new optional focus areas for the Health Informatics program. Health Informatics: a stackable course plan The Health Informatics courses that we offer in the Master’s degree here at UNE Online are structured in an intentional way. All 12 courses required for the Master’s degree are listed below. If you were to take just classes 1–6… Read more >>
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A Day in the Life of a Clinical Analyst

Clinical Analyst Megan Landry’s health informatics career path has included emergency room nurse, Clinical Analyst, and Clinical Informatics Manager, and she was the former Program Manager for the Health Informatics programs at UNE Online. In this post, she shares her experience as Clinical Analyst working within the field of health informatics. Background and work experience When Megan Landry began her career as an emergency room nurse, she and her team used a system of paper records and clipboards to manage patient information. The clipboards were functional, but limited in their effectiveness because only one person could use the clipboard at any given time. This restricted access to patient information, reduced the amount of knowledge that was able to be shared with the… Read more >>
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Ambassador Spotlight: Steve Butka, Health Informatics Program

Steve Butka, Health Informatics Student at UNE Online Steve Butka is a student at UNE Online in the Health Informatics program. He was kind enough to answer a few questions recently about his experience as a student, the challenges, and highlights of the Health Informatics program, and some advice for incoming students. What drew you toward earning a degree in Health Informatics? I am currently working in the mental health and substance abuse field as an intake screener for both adult and children. I have been with the agency since 2008, when I finished my undergraduate degree, and have mostly worked in positions that involved direct service. I was offered a promotion to my current position in the Fall of 2016, at which point I was able to… Read more >>
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