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Health informatics, also referred to as medical informatics, is the collection, storage and retrieval of personal healthcare information in an effort to engender and enable collaboration between patients' various doctors and healthcare providers. Healthcare informatics is made possible through (1) advances in information technology, (2) advances in computing technology, and (3) healthcare reform.

The field of health informatics is experiencing tremendous growth spurred in part by the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) which was established by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. EHRs store and share patient information between a patient's various healthcare providers. As healthcare providers and professionals implement new information technology systems to support EHRs and upgrade their old databases, more and more health informatics professionals will be needed.

Health informatics was recently ranked among the fastest growing healthcare careers and the No. 1 job opportunity in an emerging industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of health informatics technicians will grow by over 15 percent through 2024, much faster than the average rate of job growth for all other occupations.

In addition to having a knowledge of various healthcare fields, health informatics specialists have advanced training in information systems technology. They use their knowledge of information technology and healthcare systems to help facilitate, implement, and manage health informatics systems for the organizations they work for.

The following are specializations medical informatics professionals may pursue:
  • Clinical informatics
  • Nursing informatics
  • Consumer health informatics
  • Public health informatics
  • Dental informatics
  • Mental health informatics
  • Translational bioinformatics
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Primary care informatics
  • Mobile device informatics
  • Veterinary informatics
Health and medical informatics professionals work at hospitals, hospital systems, healthcare system, medical clinics, consulting firms, universities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Medical and health informatics professionals, specialists and consultants typically earn from $32,000 to $80,000 a year. Salary is based on experience, education, specialty and employer.

Additional information about medical informatics careers can be obtained from:
  • The American Medical Informatics Association
  • The National Library of Medicine
Informatics careers and jobs:
  • Dental Informatics
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technician
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Director of Clinical Informatics
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Health IT Consultant
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