President Obama shows successes in the health information technology field

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Health information technology was highlighted as a growing field during President Barack Obama’s State Of The Union speech Tuesday night, Healthcare IT News reports.

In 2009, the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is intended support healthcare information technology innovators in developing electronic health records (EHR) and other industry-specific devices to facilitate better patient care.

In his address, the President said he wants to extend America’s infrastructure to include high-speed wireless connections in rural areas.

“This is not just about a faster internet and fewer dropped calls,” the President said in his address, quoted by the news source. “It is about connecting every part of America to the digital age. More broadband access means patients will be able to have face-to-face video chats with their doctors.”

The President’s speech provides even more evidence concerning the growing need for professionals who possess a health information management degree.

According to a 2008 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for medical and health services managers – who are often required to hold a health information degree – are expected to increase by nearly 16 percent over the next seven years.