Health Informatics

Studying the resources and methods used in the management of health-related information is known as health infomatics. It is a supporting arm for the areas of health information technology, medical research and medical practice.

Professionals trained in the field of health infomatics spend the majority of their time creating, designing and evaluating the systems used in collecting and sharing electronic health records, electronic medical records and health information exchange standards.

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in health infomatics is required to work in the industry. Areas of study include healthcare data, health information technology, medical terminology, database management, healthcare compliance and coding and legal and ethical issues in healthcare.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for trained professionals in this industry is expected to increase by 22 percent over the next decade. It is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the healthcare industry.

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