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Health Information Systems BS
Health Information Management BS

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Health Care Informatics MSN

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Health Informatics Master
Health Information Management Master
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Health Informatics BS
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Health Informatics MS
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  • Chief Information Officer
  • Clinical Database Specialist
  • Clinical Informaticist
  • Clinical Information Manager
  • Clinical Information Systems Coordinator
  • Clinical Systems Analyst
  • Director of Nursing Informatics
  • Health Informatician
  • Informatics Research Assistant
  • Informatics Researcher
  • Information Security Officer
  • IS Clinical Project Leader
  • IT Clinical Process Engineer
  • IT Training Director
  • Knowledge Management Analyst
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  • Medical Informatics Director
  • Medical Informatics Program Designer
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  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
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  • Public Health Informatics Specialist

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Health Informatics, Medical Informatics, Nursing Informatics
Your guide to health informatics careers, certification, and education.

Health Informatics Career Overview and Degrees

Hot Career Alert!
US News and World Report recently named Health Informatics & Health Information as the #4 among top new college majors for the future.

Prepare for One of the Largest Growth Industries

• The US Department of Labor estimates a 49% job growth in health information and health informatics
• Healthcare Informatics was named one of the top careers in
U.S. News & World Report

Approximately 70,000 health informatics specialists are needed in the next decade, according to Don Detmer, the CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the main professional body relating to health informatics in the U.S (2011).
• Health informatics is the #1 emerging industry job opportunity on CareerBuilder.com
• Electronic medical records tops ECRI's Top 7 Health Plan IT Trends to Watch

Why Did You Choose Health Informatics?

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What Is a Health Informatics Professional...Exactly?

The Health Informatics occupation lies fundamentally within the health professions, it is not simply an extension of a worker’s health-related field (i.e., a physician, nurse, public health professional, or allied health professional with information technology savvy). Neither are those who work in the health informatics practitioner occupation simply IT professionals or managers who apply IT skills to health or healthcare settings.

Most individuals in the Health Informatics occupation are healthcare and public health workers. Many health informatics jobs may require healthcare licensure, specific knowledge of healthcare and public health operations, direct care or clinical processes. Health Informatics Practitioners promote the effective use of data, information, and knowledge to support the safe and effective delivery of healthcare and improve health and wellness. Practitioners apply a unique set of disciplinary knowledge of healthcare, technical skills and IT tools, enabling health information to be collected, managed, used, and shared safely to support the effective delivery of care and improve health outcomes.

For the reasons above, Health Informatics Specialists are different from Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, who apply their knowledge and skills in areas of information governance, documentation analysis, coding, abstracting, reporting, and legal and compliance issues.

Health Informatics Education

Health Informatics Specialists hold certificates, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. Each individual should understand his long term career goals and research the curriculum at each program level to determine the right pathway. For nursing professionals, there are specifically nursing informatics programs. Education in health informatics covers areas such as the core sciences, database management, information security, medical coding and classification, health information systems design and analysis, and health law. For those coming from outside the healthcare field, health informatics courses can also include medical terminologies, so that you can confidently converse with clinical staff regarding the medical records you're keeping. Since medical informatics professionals often work in teams or are in management positions, some degree programs offer courses on project management and organizational behavior as well.

Health Informatics Certification

Employers prefer certifications for health informatics workers. A couple of organizations currently certify or are developing certifications for Health Informatics professionals.

  • The American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) Informatics Nurses offers an informatics nursing certification.
  • The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has created a task force to develop an Advanced Interprofessional Iformatics Certification that will apply to advanced healthcare degrees in informatics or disciplines related to informatics.
  • The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) administers the physician clinical informatics subspecialty certification.
  • The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) is undergoing an analysis and development of a health informatics certification.

Strong Salary Potential and Career Outlook in Health Informatics

Since Health Informatics has not yet received a Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are no government statistics on earning potential for Health Informatics professionals. However, widely known career/salary sites have published salary figures. SimplyHired.com stated that in 2014, the average salary was $69,000 and Payscale.com stated the average 2014 salary was $61,050 (range of $35,449 to $91,618). Salaries are highly dependent on positive, sub-specialty, employer, and other factors.

Respected sources, such as the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US News and World Report, CareerBuilder.com and industry associations, site health informatics and health information as very high growth fields for employment. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT analyzed a comprehensive database of 84 million online job postings to find a total of health IT-related 434,282 job postings between 2007-2011, with 226,356 health IT core jobs and 207,926 health IT-related clinical user jobs. The former would contain many who work in the occupation of health informatics.

Burning Glass Technologies, a leader in labor market analytics, in partnership with the Education Advisory Board, a membership-based research company serving senior academic and business leaders at more than 450 colleges and universities, undertook the first-ever examination of emerging jobs in health informatics and the factors propelling recent job growth. Their study showed that health informatics job listing grew 36% from 2007 to 2011. They offer detailed insight into the growth of health informatics. >> Download BGT Report (pdf)

The nursing profession has had a specialization in nursing informatics for over a decade and is the largest health informatics specialization. The O*NET On-Line system reported 521,000 specialists were employed in 2012 and projected 209,600 job openings between 2012-2022.

Sub-disciplines of Health Informatics include: Health Informatics job opportunities can be found in:
  • Bioinformatics
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Consumer Health Informatics
  • Population Health Informatics
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Clinical Research Informatics
  • Hospitals & other healthcare providers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical software companies
  • Healthcare onsulting firms
  • Public health organizations
  • Government/non-government agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Academia

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    Online Schools offering Health Informatics, Medical Informatics, Nursing Informatics
    Kaplan University Online

    Kaplan University's Commitment Program: Experience Kaplan University for a 3-week introductory period with no tuition obligation. Available to new students, online or on campus.*

    Master of Health Informatics

    Kaplan University's interdisciplinary Master of Health Informatics helps prepare you to utilize information technology and information management concepts to improve the efficiency and quality of health care services. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on the relationship between information technology, people, health, and health care systems. Coursework will cover areas such as leadership in health care, epidemiology, health care data analysis, and health information systems.

    Master of Health Information Management

    Designed to Prepare You for Senior Level HIM Careers

    Kaplan University's interdisciplinary Master of Health Information Management program helps prepare you to pursue positions in technology-supported and information-driven health care environments. The curriculum focuses on design, selection, implementation, and support and maintenance of global health information systems. Coursework will cover areas including organizational development and management for health information, human resources for health care managers, health care financial management, and leadership in health care.

    Nurse Informatics
    Master of Science in Nursing

    CCNE Accredited
    Qualify for ANCC's Informatics Nursing Certification
    Includes 200 Hrs Supervised Practicum in Informatics
    Among the Lowest Tuitions Online

    Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative, faculty, or staff development roles. The informatics specialization is designed to prepare nurses to meet the clinical, educational, research, and administrative challenges associated with working in a technology-rich environment. This specialization focuses on content and the representation of data and information, and incorporates computer, information literacy, and management competencies. The graduate may be prepared to use technology and information systems to advance evidence-based research and to pursue informatics leadership roles in health care, industry, and education settings. In addition, the graduate may be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Informatics Nursing certification examination.

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    Brandeis University Online

    Devoted to academic excellence since 1948, Brandeis has been ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since its inception. Brandeis is proud to be ranked #32 among the Best National Universities in the U.S. for 2014.

    Health and Medical Informatics
    Master of Science

    The Health and Medical Informatics MS degree program addresses the growing need for professionals who need to possess both analytical skills and business acumen with the goal of improving health care delivery systems through information technology. The goal of this program is to prepare professionals with a practical and broad understanding of how information technology is used in the modern healthcare environment for both clinical and administrative matters. Students will gain the skills needed to integrate advanced digital technologies into the field of healthcare. Program graduates can work with users of health and medical information and those who design and maintain computer systems and networks to support the improvement of quality, safety, cost effectiveness and access to health care.

    Walden University Online

    Health Informatics
    Master of Science

    The M.S. in Health Informatics program is designed for current and aspiring informatics professionals. The program facilitates the development and advancement of e-health initiatives and other emerging information technologies to improve healthcare quality.

    IT / Health Informatics
    Master of Science

    Designed with input from IT industry leaders and employers, the M.S. in Information Technology program offers core courses to help you develop essential programming, networking, and database management and development skills.

    ISM / Health Informatics
    Master

    Walden's Master of Information Systems Management program is designed to prepare you with the technical and business skills to enhance your career in information systems -- the fastest growing sector in the economy according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Gain the knowledge and experience you need to assume a leadership position in the information systems field and to make important contributions to your organization and profession.

    University of Cincinnati Online

    University of Cincinnati's commitment to education excellence is recognized through numerous awards and top rankings, such as Top 200 National Universities, Top 100 Public Schools, and #3 Up-and-Coming Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

    Health Informatics
    Master of Science

    Based on CAHIIM Guidelines
    Earn in As Little As One Year

    University of Cincinnati’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics program was designed by an interdisciplinary group of professionals in academia and practice to prepare active health, health care, and information systems professionals with the practical and leadership skills necessary for leadership opportunities at the forefront of health informatics. Designed from the ground up, the online program specifically addresses the areas of health informatics for which employers and organizations are hiring. Students will examine the diverse health and health care landscape and discover how technology is incorporated throughout the industry. Following CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education) guidelines, the curriculum also focuses on health data analytics, clinical information systems, privacy and security, database design, standards, process and workflow, project management, communication, leadership, and strategic planning.

    Health Information Management
    Bachelor of Science

    This CAHIIM accredited program provides a unique path for RHITs to obtain their BS in HIM in just 2 ¼ years. This program has been tailor-made for working RHITs who don't want to be bogged down with countless electives in their efforts to obtain a Bachelor's degree. The accelerated curriculum-made possible by an advanced network of support-prepares students to truly excel in the field. This RHIT progression program builds on the knowledge and skills acquired through prior education and work experience. Graduates of this program are equipped with the knowledge to take AHIMA's RHIA certification exam.

    Courses are scheduled in two five-week periods per term to allow learners to focus their studies on one course at a time. This pace allows learners to successfully complete the Bachelor's degree in HIM in only 9 quarters (2 ¼ years).

    University of Illinois at Chicago Online

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is ranked in the top 4% of 4,000 colleges and universities in the US by U.S. News & World Report. The University of Illinois at Chicago offers the first online graduate programs in the nation to receive CAHIIM accreditation.

    Health Information Management
    Bachelor of Science (Degree Completion)

    CAHIIM Accredited
    Qualify for AHIMA's RHIA Certification
    Complete as Quickly as 2 Years

    The CAHIIM accredited online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management Degree Completion Program is designed for students with an associate degree in a healthcare discipline, information technology or business. The program provides skilled instruction in the management and use of information and information systems for healthcare planning, provision, resource allocation and executive decision making. Graduates will be able to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

    Health Informatics
    Master of Science

    CAHIIM Accredited
    Qualify for AHIMA's RHIA Certification
    Encompasses All Health Informatics Sub-Specialities

    The CAHIIM accredited Master of Science in Health Informatics emphasizes the analysis, implementation and ongoing management of the critical factors that impact the successful selection and use of health care information technologies. This online degree program equips students with an academic foundation in health information sciences and the practical tools necessary to apply this knowledge. The University of Illinois at Chicago Master of Science in Health Informatics program is the first master level degree program in the nation to receive CAHIIM accreditation. With supplemental coursework from UIC's HIM program, graduates are eligible to sit for AHIMA's RHIA Certification Exam.

    Health Informatics
    Post-Master's Certificate

    CAHIIM Accredited
    Qualify for AHIMA's RHIA Certification

    UIC's CAHIIM accredited online postmaster’s certificate in health informatics program provides opportunities for self-motivated, experienced health care or IT professionals who have already attained at least a master's level degree, to attain high level knowledge about the application and management of computers within the healthcare setting.

    DeVry University Online
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    DeVry University has been ranked among Best Online Bachelor Programs for 2013 by U.S. News & World Report. DeVry University offers students competitive tuition rates and numerous financial aid options, including $45 million in scholarships and grants for the 2012-2013 school year.

    Technology Management / Health Information Management
    Bachelor of Science

    CAHIIM Accredited
    Qualify for AHIMA's RHIA Certification
    Degree Completion Option Available

    This CAHIIM accredited online degree program in Technical Management with a technical specialty in Health Information Management (HIM) provides the experience and knowledge students need to progress in their profession and take the RHIA certification exam. HIM students will learn about healthcare data security and privacy, health information systems, health information financial management, healthcare total quality management and more. Graduates of the HIM program will be eligible to sit for AHIMA's RHIA Certification exam.

    Computer Information Systems / Health Information Systems
    Bachelor of Science

    Through the Health Information Systems specialization of the BS in CIS program, DeVry University will help you master some of the current technologies and best practices, including picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability ACT (HIPPA) and Health Level Seven (HL7), you will be prepared to integrate equipment as well as to develop and support electronic health records applications in hospitals and medical offices nationwide.

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    DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org. Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. In New York, DeVry University operates as DeVry College of New York. DeVry University operates as DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta. DeVry is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. AC0060. DeVry University is authorized for operation by the THEC. www.state.tn.us/thec. Nashville Campus - 3343 Perimeter Hill Dr., Nashville, TN 37211 Program availability varies by location.

    American Sentinel University Online

    American Sentinel is a proud supporter of our military personnel, which comprise of one-quarter of enrollment. American Sentinel offers high quality accredited education and outstanding student support for less than most other online universities.

    Master of Health Care Informatics

    Learn Both Health-Specific Informatics & Information Systems Analytics
    Flexibility: Choose your Courses

    American Sentinel's online health informatics degree, the Master of Health Care Informatics (MHCI), offers just that: a degree designed to provide skills in gathering, analyzing and presenting health care data to support clinical, administrative or quality decision-making needs and to meet operational, legislative and regulatory requirements associated with health care.

    Nursing Informatics
    Master of Science in Nursing

    CCNE Accredited
    Qualify for ANCC's Informatics Nursing Certification
    Fulfill Education Criteria
    Among Lowest Tuitions Online

    The CCNE accredited Nursing Informatics MSN degree is for experienced nurses who want to manage health information systems critical to the mission of health care delivery systems. Nurses will develop expertise in clinical and administrative systems, data management and data mining for improved patient care, and information systems project management. The nursing informatics specialization is also available in the RN-MSN bridge program.

    Chamberlain College of Nursing Online

    Chamberlain College of Nursing is proud of over 120 years of excellence in nursing education. CCN is ranked among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

    Distinguished faculty includes professionals who hold doctoral degrees. These instructors include published author of informatics articles, a senior informatics policy maker who led efforts to recognize nursing informatics as a distinct specialty, and co-founder of the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI).

    Informatics Specialization
    Master of Science in Nursing

    CCNE Accredited
    Qualify for ANCC's Informatics Nursing Certification
    Includes 200 Hrs Supervised Practicum in Informatics

    The CCNE accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is designed to prepare nurses for expanding roles in healthcare and enhance opportunities for professional advancement. The MSN curriculum provides core courses in nursing theory, research, leadership, professional role development, and informatics in healthcare. The MSN Informatics Specialty Track focuses on management of data and information, and healthcare information workflow and project management. The informatics specialization is designed to help you prepare for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Informatics Nursing certification exam. By including 200 hours of faculty supervised practicum, this program is an excellent option for nurses without informatics work experience. Graduates of this MSN program will fulfill ANCC's practice hour requirement for the Informatics Nursing Certification.

    Grand Canyon University Online

    Nursing: Health Care Informatics
    Master of Science in Nursing

    CCNE Accredited
    Qualify for ANCC's Informatics Nursing Certification
    Fulfill Education Criteria
    Among Lowest Online Tuitions

    The Health Care Informatics MSN program is well suited for nurses who have prior informatics experience or want to pursue leadership or educational roles. This program will fulfill education requirements toward eligibility for ANCC's Informatics Nurse Certification. Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing: Health Care Informatics program may perform a variety of functions for the organization, such as automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training health care workers in the use of computer systems, collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care, etc. Depending on their areas of strength and focus, graduates may serve as project managers, project designers, researchers, systems analysts, or administrators and executives at all levels of the organization.

    Grand Canyon University also offers:
    Southern New Hampshire University Online

    Health Informatics
    Master of Science in Information Technology

    The MS in IT with a Healthcare Informatics concentration provides specialized knowledge and skills in medical informatics. The Healthcare Informatics Concentration reviews how the healthcare industry uses information systems - electronic medical records and laboratory and radiology systems - to provide access to medical information and improve patient care. Course work includes case studies and research that explore the successful use and management of health information technology. The IT health informatics master's program delves into strategies for implementing healthcare informatics technologies and actual IT project management in a healthcare setting.

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