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Health Information Management & Analytics

From the moment you check in to a hospital or medical provider's office, you start generating information. Every interaction, every lab result, x-ray, diagnostic, prescription, diagnosis or procedure is collected and kept safe and secure, available to you and your providers to establish a cogent medical history to better serve you. But that information can also do so much more. 

It's up to the Health Information Management and Analytics specialists to use -- and protect -- that data in meaningful ways. It's a discipline that combines medicine, business, and information.

Medicine

One way a Health Information Manager or Analyst can use data is predictive: does your health history indicate an increased chance of something more serious? Maybe a treatment successfully used on other patients would work on your chronic condition, too. As patients continue along on whatever paths through the healthcare system, the valuable data they create can be used, anonymously, to assist in finding larger trends in the ever-changing health landscape.
 
Business
These trends don't just matter to the patients affected by them -- they matter to the providers and insurers, too. Health data is used to make businesses function better, to streamline information-gathering technologies, to simplify and secure the health records themselves, or to connect better treatments to more cost-effective practices. A Health Information Manager is also a business specialist. 

Information
Data protection is more and more important with each passing day, and Health Information professionals are at the front lines of the battle against leaks, hacks, and information mismanagement. They're the people developing and implementing the best practices in keeping patient data safe, secure, and easily accessible. 

Quick Facts:

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 15-17% job growth from 2014-2024 in the Health related data analytics field. The average job growth is 7%, so this field is growing much faster than average.

  • The BLS lists the 2015 median income of Medical and Health Service Managers at $94,500.00 – these are individuals that have a Baccalaureate degree but less than 5 years experience in the field.

  • The Health Information field overall is growing at all levels, as individuals with no Postsecondary Degree (Medical Records and Health Information Techs) have a median pay of $37,110, and a 15% job growth outlook from 2014-2024. Our Carlow HIMA program's graduates will manage these techs.   

For more information about Health Information Management and Analytics, you can check out the official website for the American Health Information Management Association. Also, keep an eye on this page for more detailed course information!