Health Care Informatics
What is Health Informatics?
Health Informatics combines knowledge from medical areas and information technology. An expert in Health Informatics knows about information technology, how to apply the technology to solve practical problems, and how to manage complex processes of implementing new solutions into organizations.
Experts in Health Informatics can help the industry effectively adopt information technology to innovate and improve its medical services and the way they are administrated.
Where does a Health Informatics trained individual work?
Careers in health informatics are available in many forms. Those with strong technical backgrounds may find roles as application designers and developers, consultants, system analysts, and entrepreneurs. Individuals with analytical and quantitative skills could become quality improvement analysts, data miners, evaluation specialists, or clinical and public health researchers.
According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, health informatics has a projected increase of 20% more jobs available from 2008-2018.
What can I expect to earn in the Health Informatics career field?
Do I have to be licensed to be in Health Informatics?
However, most employers prefer to hire credentialed medical record and health information technicians. A number of organizations offer credentials typically based on passing a credentialing exam.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers credentialing as a Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). To obtain the RHIT credential, an individual must graduate from a 2-year associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and pass an AHIMA-administered written examination.
How do I enroll in RCC's Health Informatics program?
You can enroll in four different program options for Health Informatics:
- Associate of Science Degree
Articulated with the Information Technology/Health Informatics Option at Oregon Institute of Technology
- Computer Support Technician
Associate of Applied Science Degree (Health Care Informatics Option)
- Health Care Informatics Assistant
Certificate of Completion
- Health Care Informatics Assistant: Basic Health Care
Career Pathways Certificate