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Sacred Heart University's Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics (formerly Healthcare Information Systems) will prepare you for leadership roles in complex and dynamic healthcare information technology environments.
The program is offered part-time and 100% online-perfect for the busy working adult!
Why Healthcare Informatics?
Healthcare information technology (HIT) makes it possible for healthcare providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. Professionals who are aware of the interconnection between information technology, people, healthcare and the healthcare system are in short supply. You will be provided with the knowledge and skills needed to use information technology in order to improve healthcare delivery and ultimately enhance patient outcomes.
This master’s degree program will complement the knowledge and expertise of professionals currently involved in healthcare information technology. However, the program’s plan of study also accommodates the needs of healthcare professionals with little knowledge of computing and information technology experience as well as for IT professionals with little knowledge of healthcare environments and who seek employment and/or advancement in a health care information technology setting. You will gain the knowledge and skills to make an immediate impact in healthcare information technology.
After completing the graduate program you will:
- Emerge as a leader of healthcare teams by utilizing leadership skills that prioritize, strategize, manage and advocate for solutions tailored to organizational needs.
- Effectively advocate for the use of technology in all healthcare settings.
- Engineer innovative solutions with positive and lasting effects on the future of healthcare information technology.
- Create a vision for technology’s use and lead successful projects using best practice approaches.
- Have a positive impact on the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.
- Evaluate health care organizations’ technology needs and formulate solutions to clinical, operational and financial constraints.
- Synthesize at leadership and managerial levels the privacy, security, legal, ethical and social challenges inherent to the informatics industry.
- Act as mediator among clinical, information technology, research and administrative stakeholders in health care settings.
Industry Influences and Employment Outlook
Accurate and complete information about a patient's health thereby assists the provider to give the ‘Right Treatment for the Right Patient Every Time’ whether during a routine visit or a medical emergency. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, healthcare information technology gives healthcare providers:
- The ability to better coordinate the care they give.
- A way to securely share information with patients and their family/caregivers.
- Information to help providers diagnose health problems sooner, reduce medical errors and provide safer care at lower costs.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), created a historic opportunity to improve the health of Americans and the performance of the nation’s health system through significant investment in HIT. Administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and lead by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), this initiative provides an important step towards harnessing the full potential of digital technology to prevent and treat illnesses and to improve health.
Recent studies indicate significant growth in the field of HIT professionals over the next five years!
"The Sacred Heart Healthcare Informatics program is helping me to build on my 10 years of healthcare information technology experience and provide a deeper understanding of the field. The hybrid format of on-line and on-campus learning is perfect for my busy schedule."
Director of Information Technology
St. Vincent's Health Partners, Inc.