Careers in Health Informatics
Blend healthcare skills, IT skills and leadership skills into a powerful career
UNE’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies 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.
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.
Growing demand for highly trained health informatics professionals
There has been a recent boom in health informatics jobs 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.
Nursing Informatics is experiencing particularly strong growth. According to HIMSS.org, 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 AHIMA 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?
- 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. 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!