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What do HIM professionals need to know about applied informatics?

The technological advancements that have exponentially increased the amount of data collected in healthcare are both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, these mass quantities of data have almost limitless possibilities in advancing the efficacy and efficiency of patient care. However, the sheer volume of the numbers collected from sources such as electronic […]

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7 interesting blogs for health informatics students

As a health informatics student, you are constantly learning more about your chosen field through lectures, coursework and text books. But the classroom – whether physical or virtual – is not the only place where you can advance your knowledge of the HI industry. Thanks to the internet, there is a wealth of information available […]

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Career spotlight: Health informatics consultant

In the healthcare setting, it is no secret that pharmaceutical drugs, medical procedures and other elements of patient care are continually developing. And in recent decades, technology has more than kept pace with this rapid speed of advancements. Consider the storage of medical histories and other sensitive patient data. According to a survey published in […]

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HI vs. HIM: What’s the difference?

Health information comes from a variety of sources. It encompasses patient histories, test results, provider’s notes and even numbers from health apps and wearable devices. Combined, these numbers create one of the most powerful resources available to the professionals who provide patient care: big data. However, from the point of gathering that data to actually […]

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The power of health informatics in improving patient outcomes

In the healthcare industry, one of the major ways that success is measured is through patient outcomes. Often defined as the fulfillment of care goals – from both a provider and patient perspective – this metric is important for ensuring that existing practices and procedures are effective and identifying those which are not and should […]

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Career spotlight: Chief compliance officer

The average number of openings created for data professionals each year in the U.S. is on the rise. According to a new report by IBM, yearly openings for data and analytics jobs are expected to increase by 364,000 by 2020, reaching 2.7 million open positions listed annually. This rising demand reflects a workforce inundated by […]

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The role of health informatics in increasing patient engagement

Increased patient engagement is an important goal in modern healthcare. Research has shown that when patients are more engaged in their care, they experience better outcomes, which can improve quality of life and save money for both the consumer and the provider. It is also a metric that health care organizations are required to measure […]

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The impact of health informatics on nursing practice

Informatics is changing the face of healthcare. As technology advances, healthcare organizations and providers are able to collect, analyze and leverage data more effectively, influencing the way care is delivered, resources are managed and teams operate each day. You would be hard-pressed to find an aspect of medicine that has yet to be touched by […]

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3 ways HIM professionals protect patient data

Data is critical in healthcare organizations for identifying, diagnosing and treating patients. Without medical records and other personal health information, providers would not know how to effectively care for a patient – and may not even know exactly who it is that they need to treat. And yet, this sensitive information, though essential, creates a […]

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5 common settings for an HIM career

The management of data is playing an increasingly important role in healthcare. As the ability to collect mass quantities of this data grows, so does the need to protect and leverage the information effectively. Consequently, use of systems that store and protect this information is also on the rise. The most recent numbers from the […]

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Who should pursue an MSHI degree?

Big data, once largely the realm of scientists and mathematicians, is now playing an important role in industries as diverse as entertainment, security and education. And when it comes to this trend, healthcare is no exception, as is demonstrated by the growing field of health informatics. This aspect of data use is providing numerous opportunities […]

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Career spotlight: Clinical Informatics Specialist

Technology is having a profound impact on the healthcare field – including in the number of jobs available to qualified professionals. According to CNBC, healthcare providers around the world are spending more than $100 billion each year on health information technology, such as electronic health records, mobile health applications and online patient portals. As healthcare […]

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How to begin a career in health information management

Health information management (HIM) is a field that combines elements of information technology, science and business to collect, analyze and secure data associated with patient care. As the amount of data managed in healthcare has grown over the past decades. HIM professionals are playing an increasingly important role in the daily management of the databases […]

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How big data is affecting pharmacy practice

Pharmacy practice is an integral component of the healthcare system in the U.S. From the creation of drugs to the distribution of prescriptions, there are a large number of steps that go into getting the right medication into the hands of the right patient at the right time. Today, as in much of the healthcare […]

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5 skills needed to succeed in health informatics

Health informatics professionals are tasked with the important responsibilities of obtaining, storing, organizing and leveraging data to improve the services provided by the healthcare industry. As data becomes an increasingly important resource in this field, demand for professionals who can efficiently and effectively work with this information is also on the rise. If you are […]

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7 leadership qualities developed in an HIM program

The field of health information management offers a number of interesting career paths for qualified professionals. Located in a variety of settings, HIM positions are typically tasked with resolving challenges that involve the quality, integrity and safety of protected patient information. It is the perfect field for the professional whose interests lie at the intersection […]

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Cybersecurity: How can it be improved in health care?

It has become increasingly clear that cybersecurity is a risk factor in health care data. Data breaches cost the health care industry approximately $5.6 billion every year, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. The Breach Barometer Report: Year in Review additionally found that there was an average of at least one health data breach per day […]

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Career spotlight: Nurse informatics specialist

Data is increasingly proving to be valuable in the field of health care. The copious amounts of information that are collected, analyzed and leveraged every day are used to trend population health, decrease unnecessary spending, improve best practices, enhance patient care and more, contributing to the efficiency and efficacy of health care organizations across the […]

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A walkthrough of the health informatics degree application process

The field of health informatics is on the rise. Between advancements in health care technology and new government mandates that require detailed reports on a variety of metrics, an increasing amount of data is collected and leveraged every day. Consequently, there is increased demand for professionals who have the skills and knowledge necessary to work […]

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Current trends in the health information management field

The collection, storage and analysis of data is playing an increasingly important role in the healthcare field, as are the professionals who work with this information. The 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey found that 61 percent of vendors/consultants and 53 percent of hospitals had increased the size of their IT workforce in the last […]

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What you need to apply to the UIC MSHI program

The use of data in health care is on the rise. According to a report by Market Research, the market for big data in health care is expected to increase globally to $35 billion by 2021. Through the collection, storage and analysis of this health data, organizations have the potential to save money, improve patient […]

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