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Health Careers - Healthcare InformaticsHealth Informatics: Health Informatics / Medical Informatics professionals are responsible for organizing, analyzing and promoting the use of information in health care. A Health Informatics / Medical Informatics professional understands the use of computerized and manual information systems, and how to store and retrieve healthcare information. Medical Informatics professionals are skilled in healthcare, information science and computer science. This is a growing field and will grow even further due to new data protection laws.

The main specialization areas of Health Informatics are:

  • Clinical informatics
  • Clinical research informatics
  • Consumer health informatics
  • Dental informatics
  • Mental health informatics
  • Nursing informatics
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Primary care informatics
  • Public health/population informatics
  • Telemedicine and mobile computing informatics
  • Translational bioinformatics
  • Veterinary informatics

Health Informatics professionals also known as Informaticians can work in hospitals, health centers, clinics, ambulatory care facilities, educational institutions, government agencies and consultancy firms. Salaries vary depending on position held, years of experience and location but in general graduates start off earning around $45,000.

Education: To work in the field of informatics you must complete some formal training. A wide range of courses are available including Certificate, Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree and Doctoral Degree programs. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) provides accreditation for Informatics programs, and ensures that your qualification is up to date and accepted by employers and educational institutions nationwide.

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