Health Informatics Careers and Opportunity

Blend healthcare, IT, and leadership skills into a powerful health informatics career

UNE Online is unique­ly posi­tioned to offer advanced degrees in Health Infor­mat­ics due to our long-estab­lished lead­er­ship in the health and med­i­cine fields, as well as our rich his­to­ry of deliv­er­ing robust online health sci­ence edu­ca­tion pro­grams. Our pro­grams, at both the master’s and grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate lev­el, pre­pare stu­dents with the skills they need for suc­cess­ful health infor­mat­ics careers.

The intersection between computer science, healthcare, and entrepreneurship

You will be able to gain a com­pet­i­tive edge in the rapid­ly chang­ing health­care envi­ron­ment with an advanced degree in Health Infor­mat­ics. You will gain the skills to make an imme­di­ate impact with­in your orga­ni­za­tion and play a vital role in the evo­lu­tion of the health­care indus­try as a whole, set­ting you up for a suc­cess­ful health infor­mat­ics career.

Growing demand for highly trained health informatics career professionals

There has been a recent boom in health infor­mat­ics career oppor­tu­ni­ties due to Mean­ing­ful Use ini­tia­tives of the 2009 HITECH (Health Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy for Eco­nom­ic and Clin­i­cal Health) Act caus­ing the increase in imple­men­ta­tions of EHR (Elec­tron­ic Health Records) sys­tems. This strong job cat­e­go­ry growth is pre­dict­ed to con­tin­ue as employ­ers are expect­ed to demon­strate “Mean­ing­ful Use 1 “.

Nurs­ing Infor­mat­ics is expe­ri­enc­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly strong growth. Accord­ing to HIMSS.org2 , the not-for-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion focused on bet­ter health through infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy, “Nurs­ing Infor­mat­ics is the spe­cial­ty that inte­grates nurs­ing sci­ence with mul­ti­ple infor­ma­tion man­age­ment and ana­lyt­i­cal sci­ences to iden­ti­fy, define, man­age, and com­mu­ni­cate data, infor­ma­tion, knowl­edge, and wis­dom in nurs­ing prac­tice. Nurs­ing Infor­mat­ics sup­ports nurs­es, con­sumers, patients, the inter­pro­fes­sion­al health­care team, and oth­er stake­hold­ers in their deci­sion-mak­ing in all roles and set­tings to achieve desired out­comes. This sup­port is accom­plished through the use of infor­ma­tion struc­tures, infor­ma­tion process­es, and infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy.”

Geared toward working professionals — increase your earning power

A 2012 study by AHIMA3 found that the aver­age salary for a health infor­mat­ics pro­fes­sion­al with a Master’s degree was $20,000 more annu­al­ly than those with a Bachelor’s.

 Who should enroll?

  • Nurs­es
  • Physi­cians
  • Phar­ma­cists
  • HIM Pro­fes­sion­als
  • IT Pro­fes­sion­als
  • Med­ical stu­dents

Where do graduates go from here?

Here are some pos­si­ble job titles to look out for:

Direc­tor of Risk Man­age­ment Chief Med­ical Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer (CMIO)
Direc­tor of HIM Chief Clin­i­cal Infor­mat­ics Offi­cer (CCIO)
Clin­i­cal Infor­mat­acist Vice Pres­i­dent of Cod­ing
Health­care Data Ana­lyst Clin­i­cal Sys­tems Appli­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist
Health­care Data Sci­en­tist Infor­mat­ics Spe­cial­ist
Clin­i­cal Infor­mat­ics Spe­cial­ist Senior Epi­demi­ol­o­gy Infor­mat­ics pro­fes­sion­al
Clin­i­cal Ana­lyst Pro­gram Ana­lyst
Clin­i­cal Sys­tems Ana­lyst Data­base Admin­is­tra­tor
Senior Health Ser­vices Ana­lyst RN Infor­mat­ics
Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Offi­cer Sys­tems Ana­lyst

Addi­tion­al health infor­mat­ics job titles and search terms to keep an eye out for:

Infor­mat­ics Con­sul­tant Clin­i­cal Inte­gra­tion Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Pro­gram Ana­lyst
Chief Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer Chief Nurs­ing Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer
Chief Med­ical Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer Vice Pres­i­dent of Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy
Audit Man­ag­er Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Health Sys­tems Ana­lyst
EMR Clin­i­cal Ana­lyst Appli­ca­tions Sys­tems Ana­lyst
Com­pli­ance Ana­lyst Appli­ca­tion Pro­gram­mer Ana­lyst
Privacy/Security Ana­lyst Direc­tor of Clin­i­cal Inte­gra­tion
Infor­mat­ics Man­ag­er Man­ag­er, Clin­i­cal Infor­mat­ics
Man­ag­er, Clin­i­cal Appli­ca­tions Nurs­ing Infor­mat­ics Man­ag­er
Direc­tor of Ana­lyt­ics Infor­mat­ics Direc­tor, Health­care Ana­lyt­ics

Health infor­mat­ics is grow­ing ten times faster than health­care jobs over­all, accord­ing to a study done by Burn­ing Glass in June 2012 4. The Office of the Nation­al Coor­di­na­tor for Health Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy (ONC) esti­mates a cur­rent short­age of rough­ly 50,000 health infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy pro­fes­sion­als. And as a high-growth mar­ket, there is abun­dant oppor­tu­ni­ty for advance­ment.

The future of health­care is here!

How to Apply to our Health Informatics Master’s Program

Admis­sion deci­sions are made on a rolling basis, with three start dates dates each year (sum­mer, fall and spring semes­ters). For more detailed infor­ma­tion, please con­tact an enroll­ment coun­selor at (855) 751‑4445 or email informatics@une.edu.

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