Health Informatics Focus Areas - One Year Later

Students in Library studying their Health informatics focus areas

In October 2017, the Health Informatics graduate programs at UNE Online introduced three new focus areas to give students the opportunity to shape their electives around individual career goals. Restructuring the graduate programs gave students the capability to specialize in one professional area of health informatics, ensuring a valuable return on investment. How are these focus areas helping students find career success one year later? Focus Areas Designed to Meet Employer Needs Health informatics continues to be one of the fastest-growing fields in healthcare, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 20% job growth for health information professionals by 2026. The UNE Online focus areas were developed with this growth in mind, and aimed to provide students with the skills they need to find success in their career. Learn more about what makes our focus area model unmatched. The Heathcare Leadership focus area was designed for students who may currently work in health informatics and are looking to advance to… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Ruthie Pearlman, Master of Science in Health Informatics

Ruthie Pearlman, Master of Science in Health Informatics Program

Ruthie Pearlman is a second-year student in the Master of Science in Health Informatics program. Here she tells us about her experience in the program, her vision for integrating seamless patient experiences with mobile health technology, and her advice for incoming students. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master’s in Health Informatics? I graduated in ‘99, lived in Israel for a while, got married, had kids, and worked as an office manager for a nurse midwife for about ten years. When we decided to move to Maine, I took the opportunity to explore different types of jobs that would more closely fit my career aspirations. When I looked into getting my master’s, I initially considered the University of New England because of the coastal Maine campus. That is, until I discovered that many of their graduate degrees are offered 100% online, including one I had never heard of before: a… Read More >

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The Benefits of Complimentary HIMSS Membership for Students and How to Join

Doctor displaying the process for a student to sign up for their HIMSS Membership

As a HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP), the University of New England can now provide students complimentary membership to the global Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) organization. Moreover, through HIMSS’s Organizational Affiliate program, UNE Online can offer staff and students a plethora of resources they can use to succeed at their jobs and in the industry. This partnership enables UNE Online students to get hands-on experience, network, and even contribute to the industry while they’re completing their degree program. REGISTER FOR THE NEW ENGLAND HIMSS MAINE CONFERENCE HIMSS Mission Statement: Globally, lead endeavors optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information and technology. HIMSS is a global non-profit made up of more than 70,000 global individual members, 630 corporate members, over 450 non-profit organizations. Through the coordinated efforts of thousands of volunteers, HIMSS provides advising services and resources that connect digital innovations with improved healthcare access and health quality. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all the member… Read More >

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Health Informatics Practicum Overview

Health Informatics Practicum Experience

The Master of Science in Health Informatics is a master’s degree that can be completed 100% online in six semesters, or two full years, assuming a student takes two courses per semester. Students enrolled in this program complete ten required courses, two elective courses, and a field practicum experience. We spoke to Nan Solomons, the field practicum coordinator for the Graduate Programs in Health Informatics, about the Health Informatics practicum experience. What is the field practicum experience? At UNE Online, the field practicum experience is made up of two 16-week courses taken concurrently. The two courses that make up this experience are Health Informatics Capstone (HIN 740) and Cumulative Experience in Health Informatics (HIN 745). Course descriptions Health Informatics Capstone (HIN 740) This course is part of the two-course capstone experience in health informatics. The purpose of this course is to integrate students’ cumulative experience with the body of scientific literature. Students will write a scholarly review of the literature… Read More >

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Top Health Technology Trends & Insights

Graphic with rising arrow to depict emerging health information technology

As we entered the second half of 2018, our Health Informatics graduate programs 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 technologies 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 in some areas, telemedicine serves as an effective way to bridge the gap between provider and patient. Additionally, the amount of data being shared among providers and the increased use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) supports the theory that this health IT trend… Read More >

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Top 5 Health Informatics Jobs on the Rise

Health Informatics Jobs in Action

As healthcare systems look to capitalize on big data and its endless applications, health informatics jobs have become increasingly vital. Consequently, as the health informatics field continues to accelerate, more higher education programs are emerging to meet the demand. According to the World & U.S. News Report on Online Health Informatics Masters Degrees, “obtaining a graduate degree in the health informatics field widens your opportunity for career advancement and strengthens your competitive edge,” making health informatics a good career choice for those interested in being ahead of the curve. The Demand for Health Informatics Professionals Driven by the pursuit of improving healthcare delivery and quality, providers have begun looking for secure and accurate methods of health management. As the health industry migrates to a more digital landscape to incorporate such methods, more positions and professionals are becoming crucial. These professionals work to connect the gap between data and physicians, allowing for a more fluid, comprehensive, and service driven model of… Read More >

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Ambassador Spotlight: Janet Quiring – Health Informatics Program

Student Spotlight Janet Quiring Health Informatics program

Janet Quiring is a student in the Master of Science in Health Informatics program here at UNE Online. We spoke with her recently about her thoughts on the program, how she leveraged her strengths to find her practicum placement, and what aspects of real-life cybersecurity her practicum is exposing her to. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master’s in Health Informatics? I’ve had a career in the pharmaceutical industry for many years now. The industry is great, and I’ve enjoyed it, but at some point, you step back and look at how the market is changing. I’ve seen the whole dynamic of medicine shift, and I felt that I needed to be able to change with it. Many pharmaceutical companies like mine conduct outcome studies, and over the years I’ve become interested in how to apply the principles of health economics to improve decision making in a complex healthcare environment…. 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

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 continues to climb. 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 allocated for healthcare improvements with $19.2 billion reserved exclusively towards advancing electronic health records and the overall exchange of health information. In order to effectively implement ARRA, also referred to as ‘Meaningful Use’, the United States government incentivized eligible healthcare professionals to participate. And by 2015, issued penalties for organizations non-compliant with the policy-… 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. Sources: If you are interested in pursuing a career in Health Informatics, or if you’re simply interested in discussing the program, please reach out to an Enrollment Counselor at (855) 751-4445 or via… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Liz Zampino, Health Informatics program

Elizabeth Zampino

Liz Zampino is an adjunct faculty member at UNE Online in the Health Informatics program and is long-time professional in the world of health informatics, focusing on mobile health application design and adoption. Recently we spoke with Liz about her background as a Health Informatics professional, and her experience at UNE Online. Can you tell me a little about your background and how you got into the field of health informatics? I have a background in IT, and so it was a natural progression for me to go into clinical informatics. I was inspired to change my career path In 2004 when I was hospitalized for a few months due to a rare chronic disease. My time in the hospital gave me the opportunity to observe practicing clinicians firsthand, and up close. Over time, I couldn’t help but realize how clinicians would be able to provide care more efficiently and effectively with the addition of information technology. That got my wheels… Read More >

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Health Informatics Trends – with Liz Zampino

top health informatics trends

Liz Zampino is not only an adjunct faculty member at UNE Online in the Health Informatics program – she is also a long-time professional in the world of health informatics in the realm of mobile health application design and adoption. Last year she led a #HITedu Twitter Chat on behalf of UNE Online, on the topic ‘Engaging Patients in Mobile Health Design.’ We sat down with Liz recently to get her take on the top health informatics trends from the largest Health Informatics conference, HIMSS. You first went to HIMSS ten years ago when it was a fledgling event. How has it changed? Ten years ago, a great deal of the trade show floor was taken up by Electronic Medical Record (EMR) companies. Meaningful Use, which was part of a law requiring healthcare providers to show they’re using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity, was looming large. Exhibitors and attendees alike… 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 lot of technology and informatics-based projects into my coursework. After graduation, I was hired on at a cancer center as an Informatics Pharmacist and stayed there for about four years. While I was there I mentored college students and medical… 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 in the list below, you would receive your Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics. If you were to choose to go on and take classes 7–12, you could stack the next series of courses on to the Graduate Certificate to earn your Master of… 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 is now the 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 team, and inhibited the workflow within the emergency department. Over time, it became evident to Megan that there had to be a better way to manage patient information, so she began to seek a solution. This search for a better… 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 get increased exposure to our electronic health record and other aspects of data entry and reporting. Meanwhile, I had always considered returning to school for a graduate degree, but I had a tough time determining what degree was best for… Read More >

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Health Informatics - Your Questions Answered

Health Informatics Questions Answered

Our Enrollment Counselors field some really great questions from prospective students! In this post, we’ve asked Health Informatics Program Manager, Megan Landry, B.S.N., M.H.A.-Informatics to lend her expertise to these Health Informatics-related questions. If you were to have any questions about anything at all related to UNE Online or online education in general, leave them in the comments! To enter the Health Informatics program, does your Bachelor’s degree need to come from a specific field? No, your Bachelor’s degree does not need to be in a specific area. We have people from all walks of life in our Health Informatics programs. We tend to have more students on the clinical side of things (doctors, nurses, physicians, and pharmacists) but we also have some students on the IT spectrum of the industry, as well as students coming in with an insurance background. The field of informatics is so large that there are people from many many different industries and sectors looking… Read More >

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