Healthcare informatics is the integration of computer technology into health care. It is a mixture of information management, medicine and the health care business. Healthcare informatics is considered one of the fastest growing specialties in health care.
Using the latest technology, professionals in this field can gather, analyze and combine patients’ health information. Healthcare information professionals duties: help develop, program, install and manage clinical information systems; maintain and modify clinical information systems at hospitals or clinics; train health professionals to use data collection and decision management software; and provide ongoing customer support.
Healthcare information career opportunities: Health informatics specialist, Health informatics technician, Health informatics consultant, Data quality manager, Electronic health records (ehr) manager, Ehr product representative, network support personnel, clinical informatics specialist, customer support/training personnel, data entry clerk, or health records assistant.
Graduates of the informatics program are employed in a variety of settings such as hospitals and clinics, software development vendors, the U.S. government, and health care consulting firms.
Healthcare information professionals salary range: $25,000 – $50,000. Salary varies with education, position, experience and geographic location. Healthcare informaticians with master’s degrees or PhDs can earn up to $150,000 annually, especially if they have clinical backgrounds in addition to information technology skills. Healthcare Informatics professionals will continue to be in demand as one of the 10 fastest growing occupations in the United States.