Health Information Mgt or informatics - page 3

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Hi. I wanted to know what differences/similarites there are btw. health information managment and medical informatics? I got into a HIM program and waiting to hear about a medical informatics program. I have a BS degree in... Read More


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    Quote from Mijourney
    There seem to be many budding and blossomed informatics programs. I don't think one can go wrong choosing among them. It depends on what your focus will be. For instance, even though I have an undergraduate degree in nursing, I am making a decision to pursue a masters in health information management and informatics through the University of TN Health Science Center. Their program is all online. If I do decide nursing will be the focus, I will look into Vanderbilt and University of Maryland. It's hard because I have an interest in both information management and clinical.

    Question, can one be a CIO with either a nursing informatics or health information and informatics degree?

    Very unlikely. As CIO you'd be responsible for the technical infrastructure and security as well as clinical software. Most clinicians that get into Informatics do not have that experience.
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    Hi guys, looking for some of your expert advice!

    Previously I worked as a Systems Support Analyst for a large home health organisation. Basically this involved Level 2 support and low level analysis for mobile and telehealth apps and also the database which the entire organisation used (not just clinical but also HR, Finance, etc).

    I fell into this role due to being an "expert user" of the system in an admin role, and had no IT qualifications. During this time I completed my BN and had intentions of going on to do a Masters in HIM.

    So now I am an RN with 2 years experience across wards, PACU and OT. This has been fairly disruptive for my clinical skills, but it has meant that I've been able to see a good range of the potential for application of technology in healthcare.

    Now I am looking to marry the two worlds, and realise that the records management side of HIM is not what I am looking for. I'd prefer a role that more closely reflected my old position ie more systems support and analysis, but at the same time I'd like a more clinical focus than I had before.

    Basically I have no idea where this leaves me.. I'm considering a Grad Cert in IT, but worry this would just confuse potential employers whereas the word "health" in a HIM qualification would spell it out for them. I'm in Australia where it's all so new that I want to make it as easy as possible to get employed.. Any ideas?
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    Actually Halcion, there are HIM professionals that manage more than records. I am aware of HIM professionals working with software applications thereby working closely with IT. The role of many HIM professionals has expanded into informatics and the new HIM school curriculum reflects that. There are active and evolving graduate programs in health informatics and information management. This type of program put graduates squarely in the running for CIO of a hospital or facility.

    Review www.ahima.org if you haven't already and see what you think. Having wrote all that, nursing informatics is an excellent choice especially as you do have clinical experience (Sorry, I'm old school and believe that there's nothing like hands on experience when somebody says they are a nurse).
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    Halcion,
    "Australia" "HIM"
    I can only comment within the US Nursing, Healthcare and Medical Informatics environment.
    See:
    http://allnurses.com/nursing-informa...ml#post3527652

    "Aren't HIT and HIM the same?"

    http://community.advanceweb.com/blog...-overview.aspx
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    Thanks for the links guys!

    I am happy with the choice of Informatics, but without any courses available here I am unsure of the best approach - post graduate study in IS or HIM? Just try and get a job in the field based on work experience doing coding or anything I can?

    If it was 10 or 15 years ago in the US and you were trying to get a job in Nursing Informatics what would have been the best way?
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    In 1996 I took a job that no one else wanted + a pay cut and moved 30 miles into a 1rm studio. At that time that was the farthest away from family and friends that I had ever been.

    Quote from halcion
    Thanks for the links guys!

    I am happy with the choice of Informatics, but without any courses available here I am unsure of the best approach - post graduate study in IS or HIM? Just try and get a job in the field based on work experience doing coding or anything I can?

    If it was 10 or 15 years ago in the US and you were trying to get a job in Nursing Informatics what would have been the best way?
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    hi, i'm new to this site. I'm a nurse by education but haven't passed the board exam here in PHP. may i know how to pursue medical informatics education? coz i'm currently employed as a marketing staff of an i.t. company which is focused on the healthcare industry.. thanks a lot
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    Found a new Webinar from UIC. Enjoy!



    The Difference Between Health Informatics and HIM

    http://healthinformatics.uic.edu/dif...een+HI+and+HIM
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    Hello, just wondering if you were successful in your quest. Are there actual opportunites in nursing or healthcare informatics in Australia? When I look I do not see a lot of roles but see a lot when it comes to coding. Any information you can provide will be helpful. Thank you.


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