Sound, secure, and accessible data can directly and significantly improve patient care, but it's more than a technical skillset. Knowing how to strategically connect data processes to user needs and organizational goals in a healthcare context is vital to success in this in-demand field.
Dive into the Informatics Concentration of Saint Joseph's University's Master of Science in Health Administration and learn to design, implement, and evaluate technology to support any healthcare organization. As you develop your skills to support clinical, financial, and administrative systems, you'll be lowering costs, improving communication among health practitioners, and ultimately improving health outcomes for patients.
Course topics include:
- The benefits of computer-based patient records (CPR)
- The use of data warehouses, data repositories, and integration technology relevant to CPR development along with various strategies for implementation
- Health information management systems data and infrastructure
The curriculum's health informatics classes use a case study approach to health information management, so you can examine the foundation and incorporation of critical IT applications in the planning and delivery of care. Specific applications are explored with an emphasis placed on the practice of managed care.
The MS in Health Administration with the Informatics concentration consists of 14 classes totaling 42 credit hours, including 12 credits of concentration courses.
Health Informatics Career Outlook
With a huge segment of the population—baby boomers—getting older and in need of more medical care, the healthcare industry is expected to see continued rapid growth. And with Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in use by 86.9 percent of all physicians' offices,1 professionals with the skills to keep this data secure—and ensure it can be used to improve care—are in high demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to see job opportunities for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians to grow 13 percent between 2016 and 2026, a rate significantly faster than the national average during this time.2
Health professionals with these skills can improve care in nearly any healthcare setting, including:
- Hospitals and physician offices
- Insurance companies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Health information systems vendors
- Consulting groups
- Government agencies
Health Informatics Job Titles
Graduates with a health informatics degree concentration can qualify for an array of specialized jobs, which include but are not limited to the following:
Health informatics specialists implement technology, train staff, and create educational materials for training. They may also perform troubleshooting and ensure that systems meet legal and regulatory standards.
Median salary: $61,2283
Clinical analysts monitor usage and assess information to improve workflow and the interaction between healthcare practitioners and information systems.
Median salary: $67,4144
Clinical informatics managers supervise teams of staff members to handle the day-to-day operations of clinical information systems.
Median salary: $90,1105
Decision support analysts gather data, analyze it for patterns, and use it to create presentations or reports to support the decision-making around healthcare process improvements and patient care.
Median salary: $63,4806
Health information services directors oversee all activities related to the collection, secure storage, and effective use of healthcare data to support the care, operations, and policies of their healthcare organization.
Median salary: $70,4407
For more information about how you can advance your career in health administration and informatics, call us at (215) 473-2695 to speak with a Program Manager or request information below.
3.) https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_Informatics_Specialist/Salary Accessed September 5, 2018.
4.) https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Analyst/Salary Accessed September 5, 2018.
5.) https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Informatics_Manager/Salary Accessed September 5, 2018.
6.) https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Decision_Support_Analyst/Salary Accessed September 5, 2018.
7.) https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Director_Health_Information_Services/Salary. Accessed September 5, 2018.