There has never been a better time to purse a degree in healthcare informatics. Patient privacy regulations, combined with the rapid growth of both medical knowledge and technology, have caused an increased demand for electronic health records (EHR) and professionals qualified to lead industry change. Informatics allows the collection and organization of large data sets to improve patient safety and clinical work flow and cut down on medical errors.
Healthcare informatics professionals integrate the worlds of medicine and technology by utilizing their expertise in medical data management, patient care and information technology systems. While an IT professional handles hardware, software, servers and installation services, the healthcare informatics professional analyzes and interprets clinical data and works with staff to plan, implement and optimize healthcare information systems providing training, project management and leadership within their organizations.