Health informatics (also called health information systems, health care informatics, healthcare informatics, medical informatics, nursing informatics, clinical informatics, or biomedical informatics) is a discipline at the intersection of information science, computer science, social science, behavioral science and health care. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. Health informatics tools include computers, clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication systems. It is applied to the areas of nursing, clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, occupational therapy, physical therapy and (bio)medical research, and alternative medicine too.
Courses You May Take Related To IT In The Health Care Sector
Database Design And Administration
Build, operate and maintain large scale databases containing gene code mappings, disease histories and life time patient data. Database administrators make on average $77k annually with many more making in excess of $100k/year.
Design the software that interacts with the video feed from within the operating room, the interface to the database so the doctor can pull up the patients medical history on his phone,tablet or computer and the robot who maneuvers around the hospital interacting between patient and doctor.
User Interface Development
Build interfaces for cutting edge medical devices that are user friendly, feature rich and easy on the eyes.
Video and Voice
With the information age has come the sharing of critical health information in real time. Hospitals and the staff in them use real time video and voice to share operating room procedures in real time, information on critical outbreaks, life time patient records, cutting edge research and daily breakthroughs in health science.
With the future of medicine moving towards robotics a growing field within the health care field is surrounded by robotics. From operating rooms with robotic arms making precision incisions to robots performing checkups on patients feeding live video to a doctor in the same hospital or at a remote location, robotics within the health care industry is growing.
Health Informatics Jobs / Who's Hiring
- Health Care Facilities
- Insurance Companies
Salaries in Health Care IT
According to the bureau of labor statistics database administrators bring home on average $77k/annually and software developers bring home on average $104k/annually.
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