Careers for the Health Informaticist
Boston-based labor market analytics firm, Burning Glass, has studied the health informatics job market for trends related to careers involving the collection, handling and processing of clinical information. Findings show that it’s an exciting time for professionals interested in pursuing a health informatics degree.
Health informatics jobs, such as those listed below, have grown 10 times faster than all other healthcare careers over the past six years:
Chief Medical Information Officer
This is the pinnacle of all health informaticist careers. The CMIO serves as a high-level executive who helps to set heath data and IT policies for their organization, leads informatics research and practice, and even advocates to government on behalf of the industry.
The nurse informaticist is an expert in clinical information systems, with an understanding that spans both nursing and information technology. They are strong supporters of the nursing profession and champions for use of electronic medical record technology. Nurse informaticists are essential in the successful implementation and adoption of new technologies throughout entire healthcare systems.
The informatics educator helps to bridge the knowledge gap between information technology and clinical professionals. They work on the units training clinicians and physicians “at the elbow,” as well participate on IT teams to provide expertise on clinical systems and interfaces. Educators might be clinicians with technology experience, or technologists who have substantial experience in a clinical setting.
As hospitals ramp up to meet the mandates for meaningful use of electronic health record technology, consultants are being hired to help meet project goals. Some of these consultants work for technology vendors and are outsourced to client sites, while others work as “free agents” who are retained directly by the health system.
Healthcare IT Project Managers
Whether integrating vendor updates, implementing new modules or fixing a bug in the system, changes to clinical systems are a regular practice as health informatics technology continues to evolve. At the center of every initiative is a healthcare IT project manager who is coordinating the human and system resources required for seamless deployment with minimal impact to hospital operations.
Health Information Managers
These individuals are tasked with ensuring the data integrity of medical records whether input directly or dictated through a transcription service. This is a critical role that helps to confirm that the right data is being attributed to the proper physician and appearing on the correct patient record.