Those charts with messy, handwritten notes at the doctor’s office are on their way out. Medical offices are adapting to computer technology to improve the quality of health care, and the rapidly growing field means new jobs for people like you!
The health care industry is always looking for ways to improve the quality of health care while also reducing the high costs. Health informatics can be defined as the application of computers and information technology to solve problems in the field of health care. This includes how health data is collected, stored and communicated, as well as how technology can be used to help make health decisions. It combines computer technologies, information science, clinical practice and business management to create better health care.
Initiatives like Electronic Health Records help ensure a patient’s health history is recorded, saved and accessible, and professionals are needed to create and maintain these systems. CareerBuilder.com ranks health informatics as the No. 1 job opportunity in an emerging industry. If you’re interested in technology and health care, it might be the job for you!
According to the American Medical Informatics Association, there are now more than 70 advanced degree programs in the field of health informatics. Most programs combine technical instruction, medical classes and hands-on experience so students are fully emerged in the field. Students learn to identify what information and data are needed by doctors, patients and other health care professionals, and how they are used in order to make effective health care decisions.
Graduates from a degree program in health informatics can work in a variety of environments such hospitals, medical research laboratories, health insurance companies or consulting organizations. Salaries for graduates are typically between $40,000 and $45,000, with some positions offering up to $75,000.
See? You don’t have to be an emergency room doctor to save lives!