A Social Network for Health Informatics Professionals and Students
I'm a Navy Psychiatrist serving with the Marines here in Hawaii. I have orders to Okinawa Japan this summer (leaving in a few months), where I'll be the Division Psychiatrist for 3d Marine Division for the next three years.
I have a bit of a background in data mining, and have always been interested in collecting/analyzing data to find solutions. During my residency, I wrote a few VBA scripts that helped automate some of our admission and discharge paperwork on the ward. I also launched a website during residency, an early (albeit, amateurish) attempt and getting frequently-used data online (my initial sole purpose of the site was to have certain info available to me at any computer in the hospital!) During my deployment to Afghanistan I developed a patient database both for clinical tracking and for analysis/reporting of trends, etc. I've done the same here again in Hawaii.
So, in very small-scale ways, I've always been looking for ways to capture and use healthcare data in order to
So, I'm taking the leap, and am enrolling in UIC's Master of Science in Health Informatics program, I feel like I'm taking a leap of faith, enrolling in an online program (I've always been a little skeptical of distance learning). But, being stationed overseas, I am limited to such programs. Like many of the people on these forums, I too am a bit nervous about the future job prospects in this field. I'd hate to waste two years of my precious free time, and about 30K, on a degree that might not pay off, in terms of future opportunities. We'll see. There's a lot of indications that this field will only grow. This merger of medicine and IT, I feel, is in its early (and awkward!) stages, and I think the future will demand people with interdisciplinary training.
Anyway, I'm glad to be on this forum!
LCDR-S Kevin Nasky, DO
Medical Corps, US Navy
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
Regimental Psychiatrist, 3d Marine Regiment
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Just a tip on your Distance Learning course (and it's good to be skeptical, because there are many bad ones out there). With any DL course, it's mostly up to you (the student). Yes, there will be a resemblance of a f2f course, but if you just wait for the info, you may be disappointed, depending on how the course is being run. Or you might receive info, with not much guidance on how to use it.
If you feel that nothing much is happening, then make it happen. Most DL courses will have forums/discussion areas. Use those. If you're at a reputable institution, then it is unlikely (though not impossible) that things will be very bad. But if they are, take control of your learning.
Remember, while the certificate might be valuable, the main goal of improving your knowledge, skills and understanding is entirely up to you, and in a DL course, there is great opportunity for improving all of those.
As for job opportunities? Well, who knows. There are no guarantees, and I think the days of getting a degree and expecting a perfect job are long gone. And I speak from some tough personal experience. :-)
Thanks, Ken. Great advice. I'll keep in mind what you're saying about the need to be proactive in a DL environment. I think that will suit my learning style. I did much better in my 2nd year of med school because I basically stopped going to class, and developed my own learning plan for each block (using the lecture notes and old exams as a guide).
Please don't destroy my dream of the perfect job. I know it's waiting for me out there! ;)
With DL, time management (and discipline) is core. I took one DL course in STATA some years back and since I was working full-time, managing my time was a HUGE issue. I also did my doctorate program at a university that offered DL in biomedical informatics certificate and a few friends I talked to hinted on time management as the main challenge. In terms of course content, there is no difference with in-class programs. Jobs opportunities in informatics are still great, especially in the US here. So, in my view, your job prospects with informatics a masters is good -- the informatics market continues to grow.
I'm currently working towards a Health Informatics degree. I've had an interest in the field for some time however and was involved in the development of a tool for those with mental illnesses to monitor their symptoms. Longterm goals include an MS in the field.
I am dr Suleman Atique Gondal.I am basically a Pharmacist,Pharm-d(Doctor of Pharmacy).I completed my Pharm-d in 2010.
Recently I have joined the COMSATS Institute of Information technology Islamabad,Pakistan for MS Health Informatics.
I want to know more about this field and want to know that in which field should I go for Research?
Need ur precious peices of Advice and suggestions.I need the friends of my field......
Dr Suleman Atique Gondal
I'm currently working as a diagnostic radiology resident and my post graduate studies in health informatics (Egyptian fellowship board). I have a good IT background as web development is one of my hobbies.
My ultimate goal in life is serving mankind through the application of health informatics, so my current work in clinical setting is just temporary as it will only serve limited number of people. Therefore, I'm trying to move to the next level and create new horizons by developing or delivering tools in imaging informatics.
It's a pleasure to meet you all.
I've been a member of this forum for a while but somehow missed this thread to introduce myself to the group.
I'm an informatics professional based in the United Kingdom and working mainly for the National Health Service on Clinical System IT projects all over the country.
Hi Mina, welcome to the forum!
My name is Kelly Johnson. I have 19 years experience in the industry, working first on the payor side for five years, and then for the past 14 years on the provider (physician group/hospital) side. I currently work for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Medical School), as the Performance (Financial) Administrator. I have an MBA, but I have been considering going back to school for a second masters degree. I can't decide between a masters degree in Health Informactic, or a masters degree in Forensic Accounting. So, I thought I would join this forum to learn more about Health Informatics, and maybe it will help me with my decision. I look forward to interacting with the group.