The field of healthcare informatics is growing at a rapid rate, offering exciting opportunities to those who are passionate about technology and healthcare. By earning a master’s degree in healthcare informatics from Grand Canyon University, you can prepare to use information technology for better decision-making and improved patient outcomes.
Wondering if this program is the right choice? Here are three signs a healthcare informatics degree is right for you:
You are Interested in Technology
Advancements in technology have greatly impacted our world. By choosing to earn a healthcare informatics degree, you will have the opportunity to learn how to integrate information technology with healthcare. As a result, you can support continuous improvement in patient-care systems, project management, decision-making, quality assessment and healthcare system operations. Some of the topics you will explore in this program include:
- Healthcare politics and economics
- Healthcare research and application
- Healthcare information systems and technology
- The history, application, impact and future need for informatics in healthcare
You Desire to Improve Patient Outcomes
In the healthcare field, emerging technology provides an understanding of the value of health informatics and how it can reduce healthcare costs, increase access and improve the quality of healthcare services provided for patients.
For example, healthcare informatics can inform healthcare providers about medications before they prescribe them to patients. Not only does this protect the safety of patients, but it also reduces the potential for mistakes to be made when providing treatment. If you want to make a positive impact in patients’ lives, this may be the degree for you!
You Want to Take Your Career to the Next Level
Upon graduating from GCU’s healthcare informatics program, you will be prepared to take on a wide variety of roles, such as automating clinical care, building new operational data systems and training healthcare workers in the use of computer systems. In addition, you will possess the skills needed to collect and analyze data to improve patient care. Some of the many settings you may find yourself working in include hospitals, primary care facilities, doctors’ offices or even consulting firms. Please note that additional certifications and/or training may be required outside of the program.
With a master’s degree in healthcare informatics, the possibilities are endless!
The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University develops professionals using systems- and evidence-based practice. To learn more about healthcare degrees at GCU, visit our website or request more information by using the button at the top of the page.
Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communications degree at GCU.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.