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 one of the 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 to grow 20% between 2016-20261, 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. According to ZipRecruiter, as of June 2019, the average annual pay for a Healthcare Informatics Consultant in the U.S. is $103,5202.
Earn more with a Master’s in Health Informatics
Professionals with a master’s degree in healthcare informatics make an average $20,000 more annually3 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.
Health Informatics Consultant
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, analytical skills, writing skills, leadership, sales.
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
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
- Director of Clinical Informatics
- Clinical Documentation Manager
- Medical Records & Coding Manager
- Clinical Informaticist
- Health Information Manager
- Chief Medical Information Officer
- Healthcare IT Projects Manager
We also offer these career-related resources exclusively to our students:
The Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development helps students with career decisions that are consistent with their unique talents and aspirations. The center is in constant conversation with recruitment partners and focuses on two different areas for student success: preparation and opportunities.
The team of professional counselors work directly with students to provide individual and group counseling services (in person, Skype, or via phone). Students can receive assistance with resume writing, interviewing, and job search techniques. Students and alumni can access job postings by employers looking to hire Scranton alumni. Other resources include:
- The Vault: A comprehensive online resource library for industry and employer research, rankings, internships, and job postings. Most popular - their guidebooks! Students can download the books free!
- Big Interview: An online mock interview tool allows students to practice their interview skills at any time. Students have access to a database of questions with feedback provided by a contact in their network (alum, colleague or career counselor). This also helps students feel more comfortable in the virtual interview environment.
- Handshake: This tool can help you make the most of your future career choices. Handshake allows students to interact with the over 5,000 employers connected with The University of Scranton. Handshake is your hub for finding jobs, internships, career-related events and content tailored to fit your needs and interests!
Students and alumni may contact the Center for Career Development directly at (570) 941-7640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. April 2019. Accessed June 2, 2019 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.
2Source: Healthcare Informatics Consultant Salary from ZipRecruiter https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Healthcare-Informatics-Consultant-Salary
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.