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Health informatics careers cover a wide and overarching discipline mainly pertaining to the implementation of technology to all areas of health care, from education and research studies to administrative duties. Once health care organizations made the shift toward electronic health records (EHRs), this field's growth rate began to explode. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the health informatics job outlook shows that the field will "grow much faster than the average for all occupations.”1

Learn from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) award-winning professors with diverse professional backgrounds who will expand your knowledge and viewpoints, challenging you to search for solutions to contemporary issues that exist in areas such as biomedical science, public health and patient care. Our renowned faculty will expand your understanding of how health informatics jobs function across different sectors and help you develop the confidence to make solid, well-informed decisions as you further your career.

Health Informatics Careers By the Numbers

Earning a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics or an advanced degree such as a Master of Science in Health Informatics will set you apart in a field that is expected to grow by 32 percent by 2029.2 With faculty and peers from a broad range of occupational backgrounds helping to expand your knowledge and viewpoints, and challenging your understanding of how healthcare and technology merge and function across different sectors, you’ll build a strong professional network and develop the confidence to make solid, well-informed decisions as you further your own career.

Since master’s degree holders earn average salaries nearly 20 percent higher than those with only a bachelor’s degree3, a Master of Science in Health Informatics could help you achieve salary outcomes at or above those figures.

Average Master’s in Health Informatics salary outcomes for key positions

$135,000
Director of Analytics4
$117,000
Clinical Informatics Manager5
$156,250
Data Scientist6
$88,000
Clinical Informatics Specialist7
$80,000
Health Information Manager8
$71,000
Clinical Applications Specialist (Diagnostics)9

Professional Fields for Online Master’s in HI Students*

Pie chart displaying breakdown of professional fields for online master’s in HI students: 81% healthcare, 6% educational services, 6% scientific/other professional services, 6% technology

*Based on data reported by Kent State students and graduates in September 2018.

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Where Can Careers in Health Informatics Take You?

Popular cities for healthcare jobs:10

  • Cleveland/Elyria, Ohio
  • Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Detroit/Dearborn/Livonia, Michigan
  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Birmingham/Hoover, Alabama
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Lexington/Fayette, Kentucky
  • Tuscon, Arizona

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The term “telemedicine” describes the provision of remote medical assistance via telephone or video in times when a doctor cannot meet with a patient in person. Historically, with medical care commonly regarded as a practice that benefits most from in-person treatment for full efficacy, telemedicine has generally been considered a last resort.
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Innovative digital technologies in the healthcare field are enhancing every aspect of healthcare delivery, providing secure and seamless flows of information between patients and healthcare providers. When a provider collects clinical data on a patient, it is stored in electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs are created, managed and reviewed on an EHR platform designed to share information across a full spectrum of healthcare organizations.
January 03, 2022
In recent years, medical and technological advancements and the digitization of health data have transformed healthcare. Until now, however, medical professionals around the world relied on an outdated and “siloed” method to track diseases.
December 13, 2021
Kent State’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics program is a candidate for CAHIIM accreditation. Learn more about CAHIIM and what this accreditation candidacy status means for our program and for you and your career development.
October 05, 2021
The scope and importance of patient advocacy have expanded in recent years to become an integral component in many healthcare settings. Instead of being something that doctors or nurses would do for their patients when they can set aside a few minutes, patient advocacy has evolved into a career that many pursue today.
September 13, 2021
ROI, or, return on investment, is a basic calculation used by organizations or individuals to determine the value gained from a certain effort. You may be familiar with the term as something relating to the world of business more than healthcare.
June 21, 2021
The healthcare industry is evolving quickly in response to heightened expectations for improved accessibility and greater security. At the same time, the demand for health informatics specialists has grown, too, as meticulous minds are needed to gather, analyze, catalogue and qualify patient and provider data. For graduates of our online health informatics programs, the field of opportunity is vast, and considerable job growth is projected across the next decade.
Sources
  1. Retrieved on March 13, 2019, from www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-6
  2. Retrieved on March 13, 2019, from resourceconnect.ahima.org/uploads/assets/3838/document/0003-USDGuideHealthCareFinal.pdf
  3. Retrieved on March 13, 2019, from www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/data-on-display/education-pays.htm
  4. Retrieved on March 13, 2019, from forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2017/02/24/the-best-cities-for-health-care-jobs/#7c3a96e655bf
  5. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Science_(MS)%2C_Health_Informatics/Salary/Page-3
  6. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Data_Scientist/Salary
  7. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Science_(MS)%2C_Health_Informatics/Salary
  8. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Science_(MS)%2C_Health_Informatics/Salary/Page-15
  9. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Science_(MS)%2C_Health_Informatics/Salary/Page-11
  10. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2017/02/24/the-best-cities-for-health-care-jobs/#7c3a96e655bf
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