Health Informatics

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About Health Informatics

Health informatics is a dynamically growing field which combines advances in multiple disciplines that span from medicine and healthcare, through policy, to computer science and information technology. The focus of the field is on health information — its generation, processing and use. Health informatics is closely related to health information technology (Health IT or HIT) which focuses on applying IT tools in healthcare.

Health informatics professionals and researchers manage and interpret health data, information, and knowledge through information technology and computational tools, bringing together the worlds of health care, information technology, computer science, information science, and business. They 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, health informatics professionals ask how technology can improve and how better practices can help improve quality of care and reduce cost. Graduates from our program combine general knowledge and understanding of health informatics with technical skills that allow them to process information, analyze data, and interact with IT systems.

One of the challenges facing our health care system today is the communication gap between clinicians and health care professionals who are not trained in advanced technology and technology experts who do not understand medicine and the specifics of health care delivery. A degree in health informatics 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 George Mason University".

Health Informatics Research

Health informatics faculty conducts independent research in health informatics. Our expertise includes data analytics, health information integration, health IT policy, privacy and security, electronic medical records, consumer health informatics, and machine learning and data mining applied in healthcare. Visit our informatics research page for descriptions of some of these projects.

We are committed to engaging undergraduate and graduate students in research activities. Many of our students participate in faculty projects and gain additional experience beyond the classroom.

Programs in Health Informatics

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Janusz Wojtusiak

Janusz Wojtusiak, PhD
Associate Professor
Section Chief for
Health Informatics

Questions?

Visit our FAQs for prospective students for additional information, including questions about the admissions process. If you still have questions, contact us at hap@gmu.edu.

Research

Faculty conduct original research in health informatics, health information technology, and health services research. Learn more in Health Informatics Research.