About Health Informatics
Health Informatics (HI) professionals and researchers manage and interpret health data, information and knowledge through information technology and computational tools, bringing together the worlds of healthcare, information technology, computer science, information science, and business. HI professionals closely examine how information is generated, recorded, processed, used, and disposed. Every facet of the information flow is examined, including devices, standards, terminologies, guidelines, and knowledge management. Every step of the way, HI professionals ask how technology can become smarter and how better practices can help improve quality of care and reduce cost.
One of the challenges facing our health care system today is the communication gap between clinicians and healthcare professionals who are not trained in advanced technology and technology experts who do not understand medicine and the specifics of health care delivery. A Health Informatics degree helps bridge that gap which is especially important now due to federal health care reforms that require providers to better utilize information technology in health care delivery.
To learn more, read "The Health Informatics Program at GMU".
Programs in Health Informatics
Janusz Wojtusiak, PhD
Coordinator, Health Informatics Program