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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
HIMA Program Director
The World of Possibilities
“People who understand data and can use it: there’s a need for those folks in all different areas.”
has worked in the health care field for more than 20 years, starting with his time as a medical logistics officer for the military.
Setting up hospitals and coordinating supplies sparked Kistler’s interested in medical care. Then Kistler started thinking about medical data, wondering what we can do with it and how it can be helpful.
Read Dr. Kistler's story.
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HIMA 302 - Health Informatics and Analytics
Health information management operations, and the use of the data generated throughout the health care system, is the focus of this course. This study of database analysis, design, and theory – as well as the use of data management systems in health care – will provide the students with a greater overall understanding of health informatics and analytics.
HIMA 404 - Health Care Project Management
This course reviews the necessary project management skills needed to lead health information and data analytics efforts. Students will learn how to create productive and effective management teams in the health care environment, while paying special attention to data security, patient safety, and outcomes.
HIMA 407 - Professional Practicum
The professional practice experience (PPE) provides students with an internship experience, with the goal being that the student can partner with clinical, educational, technical, or other facilitators to gain knowledge and experience in the health information management and analytics field of their choosing. The ultimate goal is a final placement in the industry and position of their choosing, one that matches the students’ interests with the industry’s needs.
For more information about Health Information Management and Analytics, you can check out the official website for the American Health Information Management Association