Health Informatics Careers
Doctors are moving toward a greater reliance on information technology and data, creating new education and career paths.
Olga Strachna, a recent graduate of the Weil Cornell Medical College, works at New York eHealth Collaborative in New York City.
Since the program focuses on how to implement electronic health records and how to crunch – and make use of – data on quality of care and insurance reimbursements, it satisfied her varied interests in tech, research and health.
Before graduation in December 2013, Strachna, 27, had secured a job as an implementation specialist for the New York eHealth Collaborative, an organization helping doctors install and operate the new records, known as EHRs.
"This field is exploding, " says Charles Friedman, director of the health informatics program at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, which enrolled its first master’s class in the fall of 2012. "Access to health information on the Web is taking off at a meteoric pace. It’s creating enormous employment opportunities."
A number of universities have launched similar programs to fill that pipeline, responding to rapid changes forcing health providers to greatly expand their use of technology. The Affordable Care Act is ensuring, for example, that systems be implemented for transmitting patients' test results to their EHRs, so their physicians can use them effectively at the point of care.
There are now more than 70 advanced degree programs in the field, according to the American Medical Informatics Association. Most combine the necessary technical instruction with courses in medical practice and on-the-job training.
Programming classes are geared toward teaching students to build medical applications such as EHRs; other courses cover such topics as patient privacy legislation, health care policy and health economics.
Time to degree is one to two years, depending on the school and whether a student attends full or part time.
Some schools, including the University of Illinois—Chicago and its neighbor Northwestern University in Evanston, have put their health IT master’s entirely online to cater to employed students.
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