nursing Informatics Specialists are in High Demand
The recent explosion in the field of healthcare informatics has created career advancement opportunities for experienced nurses that did not exist as recently as a decade ago. Specialized training in informatics can position you for clinical leadership roles as well as positions outside of direct patient care.
The Master of Science in Health Care Informatics program offered by the University of San Diego’s nationally ranked Hahn School of Nursing provides all the technical and programmatic skills you need to succeed, in a flexible format that allows you to take classes on campus in the evenings, or 100% online. Both formats provide an experienced cross-disciplinary faculty, exceptional student support, and a curriculum that will prepare you for professional certification.
The Growing Importance of Nurses With Advanced Education in Informatics
The American Medical Informatics Association has estimated that up to 70,000 health informatics specialists will be needed across the healthcare field over the coming years. And experienced nurses who hold a Master’s degree in Health Care Informatics are ideally suited to fill these roles because of their range of knowledge across both patient care and health information/clinical documentation systems.
Nurses who work in health informatics are often focused on:
- Research into improving the health of populations
- Management of health-related databases, data security, and interoperability
- Improving healthcare business and administrative processes
- Developing clinical workflow efficiencies
- Training clinical staff in new technologies
- Serving as a communication liaison between clinical and IT staff
USD’s M.S. in Health Care Informatics is designed to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders and informaticists to improve patient outcomes with a dynamic curriculum that draws on experts from business, engineering, computer science and healthcare.
why Study Health Informatics?
Nursing informatics is poised at the dynamic intersection of computer science, health care delivery, human systems integration, knowledge management, and the health industry. If you want to make an impact solving healthcare problems and even evolving healthcare itself—a career pivot into informatics might be ideal for you. Here are just some of the ways nurses are using health informatics to improve patient care:
- Improving documentation
- Reducing medical errors
- Standardizing patient care decisions
- Reducing costs
- Optimizing workflows and systems
- Educating clinical staff
What Will You Learn?
Students in USD’s M.S. in Health Care Informatics program have the option to choose specialized coursework in Healthcare Data Analytics or on the core Health Informatics curriculum. Sample course offerings include:
- Advanced Health Care Information Management
- Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics
- Healthcare Leadership, Values and Social Justice
- Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems
- Health Care Analytics
- Population Health Analytics