Administrative roles in health care can be specialized. Today we will take a look at two distinct roles: Health Care Ethics and Informatics. Both offer niche specialties within the health care sector, as well as excellent professional pathways. Each makes its own impact, and determining the track best suited is the first step in developing a successful, enjoyable career in health administration.
Today’s medical field includes frequently updated technical processes and the storage and transfer of copious amounts of information. A digital health care environment offers rapid transfer of communication between key players, positively influencing the quality and speed of care professionals can provide. The flow of the medical organization is dependent upon knowledgeable and quick-thinking administrators to handle the storage and transfer of sensitive medical records, remain current on newly implemented technologies, and make executive-level decisions involving ethical issues in patient care within the organization.
The health administration course of study can include:
- Health Services Research
- Health Administration
- Health Care Organization
- Health Care Law
- Accounting and Financial Management for Health Care Organizations
- Managed Health Care
These courses and their content will help to prepare you for a rewarding career in the field, covering multiple areas in healthcare. A career in health administration can reach even higher levels of success when focused into one of two specialties: Health Care Ethics and Health Care Informatics. Health care administrators play a critical role in the structure of health care organizations, and individuals in Ethics and Informatics equally contribute to the success of the entire health care workforce. Choose one that best fits your professional interests and goals.
Health Care Ethics
For those looking for a highly specialized field that calls for polished decision-making skills and a desire to make a difference in the future of medical practice, Health Care Ethics is a valuable course within health administration. Matters of health and quality of life are often delicate, deep-rooted issues that require knowledgeable decisions to set the standard for future procedures and long-term policies. The overarching goal of pursuing a track that teaches ethics is to develop into a thoughtful and morally responsible health care practitioner who is equally aware of ethical issues and empowered to act in a manner that best represents the health care organization on issues of moral and ethics.
While in school, in addition to the health care administration course areas mentioned above, additional study within Health Care Ethics can include:
- Epidemiology and Community Health: The Greek derivation of “Epidemiology” is the study (ology) upon (epi) the people (demos). The basic principle of epidemiology is that a disease’s patterns within a population reveal information about the underlying process of the disease, which is imperative to the development of public health care programs and policies. Ethical decisions are often at the forefront of decisions involving the diagnosis and treatment of obesity, substance abuse, AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses and diseases, and an expert’s knowledge can prevent incorrect treatment decisions and ultimately lawsuits involving negligence or wrongful death.
- Health Policy: Relating to “the decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society,” health policy knowledge is valuable and necessary for Health Care Ethics administrators. Health policies can involve patient care and treatment, but can also include policies involving medical research, the health workforce, and foreign and global health. Specific health care policies can involve the delivery or financing of health care, as well as access to care and health equity.
Careers for Health Care Ethics administrators can include:
- Health Oversight Director
- Medical Journalist
- Staff Bioethicist
- Hospice Coordinator
- Clinical Social Worker
- Health Care Chaplain
- Health Care Ethics Professor
- Health Care Transition Coach
Health Care Informatics
A career in Health Care Informatics offers a way to combine two very strong interests: logic and care, focusing on the business and information systems behind the healthcare system. The Health Informatics fields have seen a strong climb in available careers since the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act was signed into law. This allowed the United States Department of Health and Human Services to spend $25.9 billion in the advancement and expansion of health information technology. Informatics finds a place in administration, diagnosis and treatment, each offering a valuable piece to the overall pace and structure of a health care organization.
A Health Care Informatics education can include such courses as:
- Health Care and the Internet: The Internet continues to evolve, and with its constant change comes new opportunities for health care. Staying current on the Internet and its relationship to health care, for treatment and information exchange, is a critical part of health administration, particularly in Informatics.
- Health Information Management Systems Data and Infrastructure/ Management Systems Applications: Progressive systems in information management call for specialized knowledge. A well-versed administrator is always necessary when dealing with patient records, medication management, and information storage and transfer.
- Computer-based Patient Record (CPR): In health care today, most data is stored and transferred electronically, and skilled informatics administrators are charged with the confidential handling of sensitive records.
Careers for Health Care Informatics Administrators include:
- Health Care Database Administrator
- Network Security Specialist
- Clinical Informatics
- System Project Manager
- Clinical Systems Analyst
Understanding the individual tracks for a health care administrator can make the difference in choosing a career path that will be lasting, enjoyable and profitable. Choose one today, we are waiting to hear from you!
If your career goals include a successful career in health administration, now is a wonderful time to take the first step: earning your Master’s in Health Administration degree from Saint Joseph’s University Online. Returning to school is easier than ever, with a convenient online platform that will allow you to take classes on your time, regardless of family and work commitments. Saint Joseph’s University, founded in 1851, is a college steeped in tradition and time-honored excellence, whose students strive to improve the common good and promote a better future, for everyone.