Department of Health Informatics and Information Management
Graduates from the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management are armed with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively combine the fundamentals of health care, information technology and data analytics in order to improve patient outcomes and strengthen communities.
Once primarily the purview of physicians and technologists, the field of health informatics and analytics now engages a much broader and growing spectrum of clinical, technical, administrative and financial services professionals collaborating in a variety of settings.Hal Neumeier, Ph.D., MPPM, CNMT, Chair, Department of Health Informatics and Information Management
The use of informatics in health care has exploded and with that so has the need for professionals to plan, build and manage the health informatics infrastructure. Employment of health informatics professionals is expected to grow twice as fast as employment overall, and three of the five fastest growing job categories between now and 2022 are predicted to revolve around health care and information technology.
Now is the time to pursue a career in health informatics. Policy drivers such as the Affordable Care and HITECH Acts, a focus on patient safety and reducing medical errors, utilization of electronic health records and implementing modern digital technologies across health care, have all contributed to growth in the health informatics field. Tremendous amounts of patient data –“Big Data”—can now be captured and the use of analytics to extract relevant information for use in evidence based medicine and population health is increasingly important.
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
This undergraduate degree prepares students to be a critical link between health care providers and their patients by being an expert in managing patient health information and possessing comprehensive knowledge of medical administrative, ethical and legal requirements/standards relating to health care delivery.
Master of Science in Health Informatics
Samford's online Master of Science in health informatics provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to plan, build, analyze and run the digital foundations of modern health care. The degree combines a rigorous set of health informatics courses with the patient-centered values.