Health Professions

Florida Health IT Programs

What is health informatics?

Health informatics is a field of study combining technology and health information to better manage and exchange health information with patients and health professionals. Not only do they manage the technology for the health records but they are innovators in the way they strive to improve the use of technology within the healthcare field by analyzing how data is used in real-life scenarios. The increase of technology in recent years, and the expected continued rise in technology use makes this an emerging field for prospective students.

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What areas can health informatics employees work?

Most Health Informatics specialists work in hospitals. They also commonly work in physician offices, nursing care facilities, administrative services, and scientific services. Some also travel as Health IT Consultants for example and may travel to a variety of offices and healthcare facilities.

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How much do they make on average?

The median annual salary for Health Informatics related employees is about $92,000. Salaries range from $55,000 to $161,000. Salaries depend on specialty, education, and location.

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What does the future hold for medical and health services employees?

The employment rate for health service managers is expected to grow by 17 percent in the next 10 years or so. As with much of the healthcare field, we are expected to see an increase in need for services as the baby-boom population continues to age. The need for medical technologies will be prominent as more patients are using healthcare services. The use of electronic health records (EHRs) will increase demand for professionals specialized in health informatics systems.

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What specialties are within the health informatics field?

Health service managers specialties vary on their expertise in a certain type of healthcare facility. Here are a few different possible divisions within health informatics:

  • Nurse Informaticist - responsible for evaluating and selecting technologies and analyzing and designing programs.
  • Chief Medical Information Officer - Generally responsible for the health informatics platform required to work with clinical IT staff to support the efficient design, implementation and use of healthcare technology.
  • Director of Clinical Informatics - promotes the understanding, interoperability and application of information technology in healthcare settings
  • Clinical Data Analyst - Apply knowledge of healthcare and database management to analyze analyze clinical data and to identify and report trends
  • IT Consultant - works with healthcare organizations advising and gaining information to best implement the use of health information technology
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