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Health Informatics Career Opportunities

What is Health Informatics?

Health informatics is the study of the adoption, design & development, and the application of informational technology (IT) to innovations in healthcare services and includes planning, delivery, management, and evaluation. For The University of Scranton’s master’s in health informatics, it specifically combines the study of IT and healthcare to personalize and improve a wide range of health services.

The University of Scranton’s health informatics program, which is available 100% online, is the one of only programs in the country that focuses on theory and application, both of which play major roles in the field.

What are My Health Informatics Career Options?

In today’s world, electronic health records and electronic billing have become the new normal and their use only going to grow for the across all of health care. The health informatics field benefits both the patients and health care professionals by making it easier to handle patient safety, improve quality, find and solve problems and enhance the use of data. Health informatics is critical to the development and implementation of health services and systems. This is especially true for administrative, clinical, financial and managerial operations in the healthcare sector. New models of patient care and new standards for quality and safety rely on informatics.

Accountable care organizations with healthcare reform initiatives need data experts well-versed in the management of informatics. Yet the labor market is not meeting the demand for health informatics employees.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for healthcare employees will increase to more than 17% between 2014-20241, marking the healthcare industry as the greatest job growth driver in the United States. Specifically, medical or health services managers are expected to see multiple new positions opening. As technology continues to improve, the demand for these positions will continue to grow.

Earn more with a Master’s in Health Informatics
Professionals with a master’s degree in healthcare informatics make an average $20,000 more annually2 than those with only a bachelor’s degree.

Careers for Health Informatics Degree Earners

The healthcare industry is looking for hybrid professionals who understand cross-disciplinary research, data analytics, computer science, and clinical management to bridge the gap between medical information and a patient’s whole health. The online Master’s in Health Informatics is the best way for you to jump-start your career in this growing field.

Electronic Medical Record Keeper

Works Where: Hospital, clinic, nursing home, non-profits, group practices
Roles: Data conversion, analytics, staff instruction, technical writing, sales, IT support and design & implementation
Necessary Skills: Project management, writing skills, leadership, sales.

Nurse Informaticist

Works Where: Hospital, primary care clinics, nursing home, academia, non-profits
Roles: Long term care: Liaison between IT department and nursing.
Home health: Works with patients and systems (monitoring chronic illnesses, etc)
Necessary Skills: Project management, writing skills, people/communication skills (Need to educate, train and provide support to system users), decision making, designing systems, sales

Medical Informatics Analyst

Works Where: Hospital, clinic, nursing home, insurance companies
Roles: Improve workflow and overall use of clinical information systems
Necessary Skills: Project management, interdisciplinary communication skills, decision making, designing systems, understanding of regulatory standards

Clinical Informaticist

Works Where: Hospital, clinic, nursing home, insurance companies
Roles: Oversee the daily operations of clinical information systems for entire organizations
Necessary Skills: Leadership and people management, interdisciplinary communication skills, budget management, decision making, understanding of regulatory compliance

Other career options include:

  • Insurance Analyst
  • Home Health Care Specialist
  • Coding Auditor/Analyst
  • Medical Informatics Analyst
  • Informatics Specialist
  • Informatics Consultant
  • Director of Clinical Informatics
  • Clinical Documentation Manager
  • Medical Records & Coding Manager
  • Clinical Informaticist
  • Health Information Manager
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Healthcare IT Projects Manager

In order to prepare you for success, we also offer a wide variety of supplements exclusively to our students including:

  • The Vault: an online resource library for industry research, rankings, internships, and job postings.  Most popular - their guide books! Students (and faculty) can download the books for free!
  • Big Interview: an online mock interview tool.  We are seeing a trend of online/virtual interviews and this can help students practice questions (of varying level and topic) and feel more comfortable in the virtual interview environment.  
  • Resume and cover lettering writing
  • Job search assistance
  • Job postings from employers that want Scranton Alumni

Build an extraordinary career with a master’s in health informatics. Request more information about The University of Scranton’s online MS in Health Informatics or speak with a Program Manager at 866-373-9547.

1Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical and Health Services Managers. January 2017. Accessed July 10, 2017 from http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.

3Source: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). 2012 AHIMA Salary Samples. Accessed April, 12, 2016 from http://library.ahima.org/xpedio/groups/public/documents/ahima/bok1_050798.pdf.