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5 Tools to Track Digital Health

Smart applications are the latest trend in wellness. People can track their heart health, manage pregnancies and encourage healthy habits in children using smart applications, and as technology improves, developers continue to find innovative ways to promote health. The Future of Wellness Many individuals use fitness and activity applications on their smart devices, but other […]

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How Population Health and Data Improve Quality-Care

Caregivers are implementing innovative technologies to improve population health. By combining data analysis technology with medical information, population health technology allows organizations to evaluate massive data repositories and discover previously unrecognized trends. Implementing the technology presents challenges, however, caregiving organizations press forward with their efforts to secure the tool. The Focus on Population Health Emerges […]

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Electronic Health Record Use at an All-Time High

According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), almost all hospitals currently utilize certified electronic heath record (EHR) technology and meet meaningful use requirements promoted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A complementary technology, personal electronic health records (PHRs), increases patient access to information, allowing the monitoring and […]

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Career Paths in Health Information Technology

Patient information is an invaluable resource. Using patient histories, physicians keep track of how to care for patients, and learn new ways to improve medicine. Caregivers use technology to manage the large data volumes created by patient medical records and trust specially trained individuals to maintain the data’s integrity. Health information technology specialists train in […]

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How ICD-10 has Impacted Healthcare

The World Health Organization established the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to standardize medical records. ICD-10 is an update that reflects changing needs in the medical field. The code has provided increased detail and flexibility over the last ten years. However, implementing the code presents medical establishments with several challenges. The biggest challenge is finding […]

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Top 4 Threats to Healthcare Security

Healthcare information security is a major concern for healthcare providers as well as governments across the world. With patient health records being digitized, there is the danger of health information becoming compromised or stolen outright. Cyber security is a top priority for health systems managers everywhere. But there are problems that go beyond the typical […]

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What Patients Think About New HI Technology

The technologies associated with health informatics are varied. From electronic health records to apps that connect doctor and patient, the goal is to make people healthier while saving money and time. There is quite a bit of “back-end technology” being used in health systems that patients don’t get to see or use, like data collection […]

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How Health Informatics Tools can Reduce Infant Mortality

Health informatics isn’t limited to improving efficiencies in healthcare. Health technologies are also being used in research initiatives that are saving lives. One trend that the medical community is trying to reverse is infant mortality, and technology has proven to be an important tool in these efforts. Researchers, technology companies and doctors are working together […]

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5 Ways Technology is Improving Health

It could be argued that of all the ways technology has improved the lives of humans across the globe, none are as important as the technological advances in medicine. From the invention of X-ray machines to advances in surgical practices, technology has made us healthier and increased life expectancies[1]. As we move further into the […]

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3 Ways Health Informatics is Cutting Patient Wait Times

Health informatics (HI) isn’t the screwdriver, it’s the whole toolbox. In other words, it’s not one tool, but a strategy that uses many tools that can help fix many problems. When we talk about making healthcare more efficient using health informatics, one of the main concerns is patient wait times. Master of Science in Health […]

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How Health Informatics is Making Medicine More Efficient

The US National Library of Medicine cites Dr. Procter, who defines health informatics as “the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management and planning” [1][2]. One of the main goals of health informatics is to improve the quality of healthcare by making it more efficient […]

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3 Bachelor’s Degrees that Get Students Ready for a MSHI

People often wonder what bachelor’s degrees can prepare them for a Master of Science in Health Informatics. Many of the students in the program have clinical backgrounds or have worked in nursing, pharmacology or other medical-related fields. Others have come from fields like computer science. Clearly, the number and types of undergraduate degrees that can […]

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How Healthcare Technology is Battling Diabetes

Technology has strongly impacted healthcare for well over a century. From machines found in hospitals, to personal devices that impact our health while driving in a car, it seems like new health technology is everywhere. It has facilitated the change in AIDS from a deadly epidemic to an increasingly treatable virus whose victims can now […]

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5 Ways Millennials View Healthcare Differently

The 18-34 year old segment of Americans – known as millennials – makes up roughly one quarter of the current population. As policy makers debate over how to effectively provide healthcare to those who are still uninsured, it would be wise to understand the views millennials have on such an important topic. Though these young […]

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Two Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award Winners Increase the Quality of Healthcare and Preparing for Population Health Management

UT Southwestern Medical Center Healthcare informatics exists to improve the quality of patient care. The UT Southwestern Medical Center is categorically succeeding in this objective. This large Dallas based health system is comprised of two hospitals that serve nearly 800,000 outpatients each year. The leaders at UT Southwestern have created a clinical quality initiative that is […]

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Health Informatics: Companies to Watch

The healthcare industry is experiencing a revolution brought forth by new technology and business models, as well as a more patient-centered approach to care. By making the switch to electronic medical records and a more integrated modality of doctor / patient interaction, quality of care is on the rise. Health informatics companies facilitate these changes […]

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Keys to Success in the Field of Health Information Management

Quality Education The first step for any health information systems manager is a receiving a quality education. Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management paves the way for many career paths. With the industry needing more healthcare management professionals, now is a great time to get into the program. Health information management courses teach […]

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How Online Learning is Opening Doors for Medical Professionals

Online learning has changed dramatically in the last 15 years and has increasingly gained stature as a high quality mode of education. Initially, there were few online schools offering higher education and many were affiliated with for-profit organizations, not traditional not-for-profit and academically reputable accredited universities. Over time, perceptions of the quality of online learning […]

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From the Outside In: Careers that Lead to Health Informatics

Informatics is about data, information, and knowledge existing in systems comprised of people, processes, and technology. In the relatively new field of health informatics, health informatics professionals strive to better interconnect healthcare information/knowledge systems with the people who deliver and receive healthcare in ways that improve their healthcare experiences. The nascence of this field provides […]

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Great Jobs for Health Informatics Professionals

The field of health informatics is growing fast. As new technology continues to facilitate a higher quality of healthcare through the data analytics and increased efficiency, the demand for health informatics professionals continues to rise. Obtaining a master’s in health informatics allows you many different paths to a long and satisfying career in the healthcare […]

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Health Informatics Security

Healthcare Cybersecurity: Plans Must Be Enacted Ask anyone what they fear being compromised in a cybersecurity breach, and you’ll hear a pattern in their responses: Social Security numbers, credit card and banking information, personal photos. But healthcare information? A compromise of confidential information related to your health might reveal something embarrassing, or even concerning to […]

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