I would like to start a discussion where people can learn more about Health Informatics Career. For example: what are the job prospects in this field and where one can find the stats of people who graduated with Health Informatics Master degree hold a steady jobs. It would be great if all of us can share our experience and how it is like to be in this field.
Hello Aamer,,,I'm in the last year of my study in medical record program,,,hohohoho I have no experience before about health informatics career, but my lecture said that we could be anything in health professionals or we could get another job but its connecting with health such as yeah like chris said programmer, lecture, analyst or in insurance office may be...^-^x
Just like to share some informative info about healthcare informatics. I provided in my profile page some information and at JNTC Articles, I provided the list of our current openings that relate to this particular field. While it is a growing field, even the professionals in these positions are shaping the direction of this industry.
There are not so many people who graduated with this Career. There are more people who are healtcare practitioners mostly Nurses, Pharmacists, Therapists and Medical Doctors who took their inquisitive talents into the information highway through hands-on experience and integrate their clinical skills towards the shaping of the so called informatics. However, there are many advanced medical institutions who took initiatives in establishing programs that cater to this field. One of the Universities I found has their first batch of Masters in Healthcare Informatics graduating this Fall 2009. Few Universities had their PharmD focused on Pharmacy Informatics - however, while speaking to the graduates - they too have their challenges because of the tremendous amount of technological improvement that are coming out which every facilities are embracing.
Today, based on my personal assessment on what is going on with the market. This is an industry that will get its share for growth. More and more facilities are looking for people professionals who understand the pre-implementation phase of hospital's information highway and the like ...
Hi there, I am a medical practioner/doctor (GP) in Auckland, and I have enrolled on a course to take some papers which will lead to a post graduate diploma in Health Informatics. I am doing this for my own interest. I am still not entirely sure exactly what Health Informatics is, and reading this discussion, I guess it is an evolving and new field, with , at the moment people from different backgrounds: clinical and computer. The course I am doing alows papers to be taken from the compueter science degree, the epidemiology/health sciences, and business departments. I was keen to do some computer science papaers, but the department of people running the course are steering me more to the business and epidemiology side, which is fine. In fact I am only doing one paper to start with. I ahve to keep working full time too.
I was still at school when the very first computers started, and then have seen them eveolve, especially in my own practise, but also at home with internet etc. We now do all our cinical notes and billing on computer, and a lot of information is downloaded on our patients with chronic illnesses, diabetes, cardiovascular risk . Age sex register is downloaded every three months which is then used to determine how much our practice is paid by the government. We have other computerised claims and clical templates for accidents, depression, other mental illness.
So computers play a huge role in my day to day work.
In the longrun however, I would hope to gain some part time employment or start a Health Informatics company/consultancy, with some other Health Informatics specialists, probably with a different background to mine.
Really to comment on health informatics degrees, i feel its a waste of time|. most of them in the industry looks at skills specific to the the industry requirements and there is no specific credential requirements for people who work in the industry or for people who teach in the program, my experience towards health informatics studies have been on the negative side. there are other healthcare degrees which can have better health care opportunity like the MPH/MHA then the health informatics. And where in he can acquire the required skills on the information technology by interest or based on the industry requirement rather do two years of masters. masters health informatics may be beneficial for people who intend to do research or PHD or people of IT background who have nil health care experience or people who would be sponsored for senior position. there is not much demand or money compared to the commercial degrees.
Thank you Aamer, the job prospects is great, you can be emplopyed in health institutions, government or privatly owned, public health institutions, insurance companies and as acedemia in the university. Am confident you would hold a steady job and be furfilled for the rest of your life.
Hi! I am an MSc health informatics manager graduate with some project and IT experience from Hungary. I would like to start working somewhere abroad. Any suggestion where i should start to search jobs or projects?
Hi Aamer . one of issues in this field is how can we choose a way to find better scientific subfield and finaly career .
i think we can not discuss it because of different between situations . it depends on our experience in the past and scientific background and interesting areas for research . all of research areas are hot.
so , we must just walk in our ways!
Hello to all,
I am hopeful that someone may have some advice for me.
I have a PharmD and a PHD in Clinical Pharmacology.
For the past two years, I have been the interim-CMIO for a multi-facility hospital system. We are currently in the home stretch with regard to converting our final facilities. During the time I have held this position, I have been extremely successful in building relationships with the medical staffs at each of our facilities. Additionally, I have been able to develop a governance structure for the medical staff at each facility, as well as a system wide physician governance. This has allowed our physicians to speak with a collective voice at both the facility and system wide levels, regarding their needs in an electronic environment, among other issues.
In addition, I developed and implemented a successful physician engagement strategy, which has allowed us to move forward with our final conversions. This, in spite of the fact that when I took on this role, the system had just completed it's fourth conversion; and our physicians were extremely unhappy with both efficiency and functionality, not to mention their own bottom lines, as the majority of our physicians are in private practice.
At the time I took on this role, it was made clear to me that this was an interim position, while the system decided if it was going to replace our previous CMIO or have individual MIOs for each facility. Additionally, while I have received great praise for my performance in this role, as well as the clear and outspoken support of the medical staff, it has always been clear that the if filled again, the role would require an MD. As I write this, I am a member of the search committee for our new CMIO.
If you are still with me at this point, I am wondering if anyone our there has any career advice for me. The Health system I work for has offered me several options, including developing my own role and title. Additionally, and quite ironically, I have been offered a very lucrative position with a company that would allow me to utilize my both my PharmD and PhD - a novel idea - although, this would take me completely out of the informatics world.
What I would like to know, is what other positions are out there for someone with my skill set, but lacking an MD. Clearly, with a Doctor of Pharmacy and PhD in Clinical Pharmacology, I am no slouch. However, I have to admit, I thought there might be more flexibility in regard to being a CMIO without an MD. Furthermore, I find the thought of holding a less significant role, at this point very difficult to swallow. I am very much a team player and I owe much of my success to this. However, every team needs a leader and I have enjoyed making my vision a reality.
I would appreciate any thoughts on this matter.
Thank you, in advance
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