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Healthcare Informatics

Overview

The Healthcare Informatics AAS Degree program integrates education from health information, computer science and information technology.

Healthcare informatists work and support healthcare organizations in a multifaceted methodology by providing support directly related to industry practices and procedures regarding complex electronic health record systems.

Responsibilities may include supporting tasks and roles relating to; data analysis, database design and administration, support of numerous software applications, implementation of data standards, knowledge of interoperability, and maintenance of clinical decision support protocols supported by evidence based medicine, routine system upgrades and preservation, system architecture, hardware, system networking, and legal knowledge to support information privacy and security.

Individuals enrolled in the program will obtain a broad body of knowledge of health information, computer science, and information technology that will allow them to become employed in many capacities within a healthcare system. Employment opportunities may include: data and information technology support personnel, analytics staff, data standards personnel, documentation integrity specialists, health information privacy and security personnel, electronic health record trainer or educator, implementation and data systems upgrade specialist and may include supervisory or leadership roles based on skill and ability.

Graduates of the Healthcare Informatics degree will find positions in various health care settings such as private physician offices, clinics, specialty clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and rehabilitation facilities. Employment can also be found in government offices, the insurance industry, dental and chiropractic clinics, and information technology suppliers/vendors.

What You'll Learn
  • Data analysis, database design and administration.
  • Support of numerous software applications, implementation of data standards, and knowledge of interoperability.
  • Maintenance of clinical decision support protocols supported by evidence based medicine.
  • Routine system upgrades and preservation, system architecture, hardware, and system networking.
  • Legal knowledge to support information privacy and security.
Career Settings
  • Private physician offices and clinics
  • Specialty clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Government offices
  • Insurance industry
  • Dental and chiropractic clinics
  • Information technology suppliers
Additional Benefits
  • Graduates will apply policies and procedures to assure the accuracy and integrity of information management based systems directly related to healthcare.
  • Graduates will use specialized software in the completion of health informatics and information management processes that include, working with practice management systems, data abstraction and analytics, record tracking, release of information, registries, and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Graduates will apply knowledge and skill set to manage and maintain healthcare related information systems.
  • Graduates will apply policies and procedures to comply with the changing regulations among various information systems within healthcare.
  • Graduates will possess a knowledge base, which will allow them to find employment in the healthcare industry.