Medical Informatics

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The Medical Informatician

Because of your clinical background and medical expertise, you are the ideal candidate to fill the unique jobs being created in the healthcare sector. Through your experience and knowledge, you are sensitive to the concerns of the clinical staff and can be a liaison between the clinicians and the information technology department in addressing health information technology issues.

There are numerous unique career paths available to you in the health care industry. The health informatics program at the University of Illinois at Chicago can prepare you to pursue any of those career opportunities and implement information systems that enhance the quality of care provided throughout the health system.

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Why Choose Health Informatics?

The Health Informatics degree program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) encompasses all of the health informatics sub-disciplines, including medical informatics, allowing health care providers such as physicians to complement their medical training with a comprehensive informatics education.

Our Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program can equip you to lead the planning, implementation and optimization of knowledge management through health information systems for major health organizations. Our Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics is perfect for physicians and other medical professionals who already hold a graduate or professional degree and are interested in pursuing a career in medical informatics.

Experience the Industry’s Premier Informatics Program

  • CAHIIM Accredited – the first master's-level health informatics program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
  • Recognized – the nation’s largest health informatics program
  • Experienced – faculty are nationally recognized industry experts
  • Connected – elite network of classmates and alumni at the forefront of the industry
  • Flexible – enables multidisciplinary communication among students where expertise may be expanded to include the attitudes/perceptions of professionals outside of health IT

Careers

One of the advantages of earning your master’s degree or certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago is you can qualify for many different types of positions at a wide variety of organizations. Our health informatics program is designed not only to focus on the implementation and optimization of information systems, but also to create the infrastructure that connects and enables the flow of critical information to and from each of the stakeholders in a patient’s care.

It is comprehensive enough to complement the skills of any professional background.  As a result, you can find opportunities within hospitals and other healthcare providers, public health organizations, research laboratories, medical software firms, insurance agencies, pharmaceutical companies and education institutions.

Many physicians are choosing to pursue a role such as chief medical officer with a large integrated delivery system (IDS), while others are becoming physician executives with healthcare IT vendors or consulting firms. Whichever path you choose, UIC’s objective is to help you find your way into a fulfilling career doing what you love – providing quality care to the patients you serve.

Some titles include:

  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Medical Informatics Project Director
  • Medical Informatics Researcher
  • Medical Informatics Systems Analyst
  • Teacher or Professor of Medical Informatics
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Resources

How the Affordable Care Act is Boosting Growth in Health Informatics

One of the many goals of the Affordable Care Act is to improve healthcare quality through the use of technology. The proposed technology varies from electronic health records to computer modeling used to track healthcare spending. The use of this technology and data to improve the health of patients and quality of care is called […]

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How Global Public Health Informatics Are Impacting Worldwide Health

In March, Ebola broke out in Guinea and has since spread to other African countries including Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. It’s the largest and longest outbreak ever recorded with a 50 percent death rate. This is just one example why now, more than ever, public health officials depend on technology to provide accurate data […]

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4 Ways Health Informatics Improves Patient Care

In previous years, the health industry relied on a paper-based system to organize, store, interpret, and integrate patient records and medical information. However, with the informatics industry booming and allowing for new electronic technology and information systems, clinicians now find this data stored in convenient coded computer systems. Here are a few ways health informatics […]

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4 Ways Cloud Technology Is Changing the Healthcare System

Nowadays, cloud technology is a part of everyday life. From backing up your phone to saving photos, the cloud offers storage and accessibility with just the click of a button. Yet cloud technology is a feature that provides benefits outside of personal use. With 83 percent of healthcare organizations using cloud-based applications, cloud technology is here to stay. Cloud […]

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