5 Stunning Statistics About the Future of Health Informatics

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Health informatics is a rapidly growing field in one of the largest industries worldwide. Health informatics professionals can expect to see more jobs opening up and more opportunities for innovation as the field continues to emerge.

1. 84 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Have Hired IT Positions in 2014

A survey of 3,400 healthcare providers and organizations reported that in 2014, 84% of them hired at least one IT professional. That’s up 5% from the same survey conducted in 2013. The survey also found that almost 70 percent of them reported a lack of qualified staff. The number one area where they’d like to hire employees? Clinical application support. As health informatics grows as a field, more and more qualified people will be available to take on these crucial jobs. Now is a good time to get a head start in the growing industry.

2. More Than 80 Percent of the Healthcare Sector Uses the Cloud

The cloud is just one new technology of dozens that the healthcare industry is adopting. But with cloud computing, big data, and data management systems constantly changing, the industry will need experienced professionals who are well versed both in medical records keeping and IT to keep systems such as a hospital’s cloud organized and running correctly.

3. $89,000: The Average Salary for Clinical Informatics Positions

If you work in clinical informatics, you’re the person who helps to collect all of a hospital’s data and turn it from terabytes of used space into usable information that can ultimately help save lives. In the technological era, it’s possible to collect and analyze details of health information in a way that’s never happened before. But having someone able to interpret the data and present the findings to doctors in an understandable, usable way is crucial. This important position earns an average of $89,000 a year according to CIO.

4. Health Information has Seen 22% Job Growth in 10 Years

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of health information will experience 22% job growth between 2012 and 2022. The Bureau of Labor Statistics only references health information technicians in this statistic, meaning that IT jobs in the healthcare sector and health informatics teaching jobs haven’t even been accounted for. Variety and opportunity is vast for those interested in pursuing a career in health informatics.

5. A Health Data Unit Sold for $1.3 Billion

Cerner, one of the largest suppliers of electronic record-keeping systems, just bought an information systems unit from Siemens AG for $1.3 billion. Bloomberg reports that Cerner expects to make a large profit by selling these systems to healthcare organizations, and will be supporting Siemens records systems for at least the next 10 years. With new electronic records systems in place, hospitals and other organizations are going to need to hire more people versed in health informatics to effectively run this new technology.

These are just a few statistics illustrating how quickly health informatics is emerging as a crucial aspect of the healthcare industry. With job opportunities only expected to grow in the next 10 years, it’s a great time to consider health informatics as a career.