Through Walden’s M.S. in Health Informatics degree program, you can benefit from:
- Dynamic coursework that reflects current industry standards and principles.
- Opportunities to apply health informatics principles and policies in a variety of real-world settings.
- Valuable input from industry leaders, health informatics experts, national policymakers, and researchers.
- In-depth knowledge of health information systems management; quality assessment and improvement; and the business and financial aspects of health information.
As a student in Walden’s health informatics degree program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.
Find out more about what defines Walden’s M.S. in Health Informatics program:
Meet Students and Faculty
Students and faculty members in Walden’s M.S. in Health Informatics program have a unique perspective on the program. Read this insider’s view, which includes insights into the learning experience, how to apply a health informatics education in the real world, and information about professional opportunities in the field.
“Constant changes in technology coupled with the continuous changes in the healthcare industry make health informatics a very fast-paced and ever-evolving career. I have already been able to immediately implement what I’ve learned at Walden on the job. I often have the feeling that once I read information for class or learn something in a lecture, I end up using that knowledge the very next day at work! I can really appreciate how cutting-edge this program actually is!”
M.S. in Health Informatics Student
Faculty Member Views
“I offer my students the link between academia and the working application of what we are learning. Usually, I achieve this by providing them with real-life examples, applications, and current news in the field. I make a special effort to offer encouragement to all of my students by showing them how many challenges they will be able to face and conquer after they complete their studies.”
German Gonzalez, M.D., M.P.H.
School of Health Sciences Faculty Member
Why Health Informatics?
Health information technology enables healthcare providers to better manage patient care by securely using and sharing health information through the use of electronic health records (EHRs). A career in health informatics can help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to work where healthcare and technology converge. Professionals in this field are managing information technology while improving the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and accessibility of healthcare.
The federal government is committed to expanding the use of health informatics:
- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently announced it would provide nearly $20 million in new technical support assistance to help critical access and rural hospital facilities convert from paper-based medical records to certified EHR technology.*
- The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is providing incentive payments that could total up to $27.4 billion over the next decade to eligible professionals and hospitals that adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The HITECH Act also provides $2 billion to support technical assistance, training, and demonstration projects to assist in the nation’s transition to EHRs.†
Improve Patient Care
Information technology can help healthcare professionals to:
- Record accurate and complete information about a patient’s health across the continuum of care, from routine to emergency room visits.
- Coordinate care for all patients, particularly those with serious medical conditions.
- Securely share information online with patients and caregivers, allowing patients and their families to more fully participate in key healthcare decisions.
- Access relevant information to diagnose health problems sooner, reduce medical errors, and provide safer care at lower costs.
Build a Healthier Future
The widespread use of health information technology will have long-term benefits for the nation’s healthcare system. Experts believe it will:
- Make our healthcare system more efficient and reduce paperwork for patients and doctors.
- Expand patient access to affordable care.
- Build a healthier future for our nation.
*U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “New Funds Support Rural Hospitals’ Switch to Electronic Health Records,” on the Internet at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/09/20100910a.html (viewed online Nov. 22, 2010).