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By Dr. Matthew Caines
It’s no secret big
data will significantly impact the future of health care. This plethora of digital information made available by advancements in technology
is not only affecting consumers but also drastically impacting the career
opportunities of those interested in the health care industry.
Applications, innovations, and
possibilities that exist for future health concepts are sometimes beyond our
“We are about to enter an era once only dreamed by sci-fi authors,”
said Matthew Caines, DHEd, MPH, CHES, Kaplan University’s department chair for public
health, health education, health informatics, and health information management
Those with interests,
talents, and education in both health care and technology may find increasing
opportunities in the fields of Health
Information Management (HIM) and Health
Informatics. Health information management, also known as health data
management, is the practice of acquiring, organizing, and protecting health
information in hospitals and other health care organizations. Health informatics
involves the design, development, and application of the IT-based methodology
used to analyze these huge amounts of information. The health data insights acquired
are used to improve the health care environment.
According to Brina Hollis, MHHS, PhD, CBRS, Health informatics faculty at Kaplan
University, “Health Information Management and Health Informatics are two
multifaceted fields that may provide career opportunities for individuals with
a variety of backgrounds.” Some exciting areas of interest include:*
Data analytics: Data
analysts are needed to manage and analyze vast amounts of data, making use of
it in a way that positively impacts health organizations and consumers.
Cloud computing: Cloud
computing utilizes remote servers to store and share data in order to help
organizations cut down on costs and save space. Additionally, cloud computing
allows organizational and patient information to be available in real time,
which allows for better analytics and tracking and better organizational and
patient outcomes. Future health software used for cloud computing also will
enable dramatic changes in telemedicine.
Telemedicine: The term telemedicine refers to the concept of receiving health care remotely with the use of a
computer and Internet connection. Due to the advancement of informatics and
virtual machine technology, telemedicine has expanded to include virtual care
centers, eNICUs, and home monitoring programs with nurses and physicians on
call. Telemedicine and cloud computing work together to improve the health care
experience and outcomes for patients.
Dr. Hollis highlighted
some of the career titles associated with health data management:
Dr. Matthew Caines is Academic Department Chair for the Master of Health Informatics, Master of Health Information Management, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, and Medical Billing and Coding Certificate programs.
Electronic Medical Records and the Future
The Big Data Evolution in Health Care
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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