Talking Points:Health Informatics is a not a new field, however in the past decade it has been generating a lot of publicity and has received well deserved attention and respect in the medical community. The most well known contribution from the health informatics field to the medical community are medical health records. Health informatics is the union of computer technology and health care to create a more efficient and quality health care system. This field pulls from many different disciplines and covers a broad range of career avenues. In today’s economy, the career options paths for health informaticians are diverse and plenty. This presentation is important because it explains why careers in heath informatics are significant for today’s evolving heath care system. This paper is interesting because it sheds light on a field that is just starting to gain publicity in the medical community and it helps to explain a broadly defined career.
Health informatics careers and proper career surveillance for this field are important because it improves health care efficiency and quality.
It is important that the additional 40% of health informatics jobs have detailed statistics about jobs availability, demand and workforce. It is important that all areas of health informatics including: Health care, medical, nursing, public health, consumer, clinical, and biomedical have proper surveillance statistics.
Top Graph: Talking PointsAs you can see in the graph above, medical coders did the majority of the work to ensure proper payment for services. In today’s market, heath care providers need to document the efficacy of their practice on the grounds of both efficiency and medical outcomes. For this to happen it requires heath informatics that are more clinically based then in the past market. Because of this shift, the entry level positions have been upgraded and the demand for less-trained candidates has declined. This “up skilling” of entry level jobs in the heath informatics field has advanced opportunities for the entry to mid-level workers ("A growing jobs," 2012). Bottom Graph: Talking PointsSee the chart to the right to see the percentage of growth for “all jobs”, “Heath Care Jobs” and “Heath Informatics Jobs”
There are many other fields outside of medical records that fit into the framework of health informatics. The Different domains in the heath informatics field include:Talking Points:Heath Care InformaticsAs a field, health care informatics combines the field’s information technology and heath. Heath care informatics develops the systems needed to administer the expansion of information, advance clinical workflow, and improve the security of the healthcare system. Tools used in this field include: hardware, specialized software, and communication devices. All of these tools are used together to develop computer networks used to collect, analyze, and transmit medical processes. Heath care informatics can be applied to all areas of the medical field (Landers, 2013). Medical Health InformaticsMedical informatics is a fast growing field that uses computer technology as a way to advance medicine. This field is applied to patient care, medical research and development and medical education ("Medical informatics," 2012). Nursing Health InformaticsNursing informatics is the “science and practice (that) integrates nursing, its information and knowledge, with management of information and communication technologies to promote the health of people, families, and communities worldwide” ("Nursing informatics," 2013). The goal of nursing informatics is to reduce cost and improve the quality of patient care. The primary emphasis in nursing informatics is documentation. Nursing informatics strives to continually improve the speed, timeliness, and accuracy of patient charting. This field also seeks to simplify and enhance documentation using advanced computer and information technologies. For professionals that work in heath informatics, the goal is to develop systems that are both effective and user-friendly ("Nursing informatics," 2008). Public Health InformaticsLike the public health field, public health informatics focuses on prevention, focuses on communities rather than individuals, surveillance of diseases and injuries, longitudinal analysis, evaluation and best practices. Public health informatics sets priorities for resources and ensures that new ideas are properly tested and implemented (Yasnoff, Overhage, Humphreys & LaVenture, 2001). Consumer Health InformaticsConsumer health informatics is the branch of medical informatics that analyses consumers' needs for information, studies and implements methods of making information accessible to consumers, and models and integrates consumers' preferences into medical information systems. Consumer informatics stands at the crossroads of other disciplines, such as nursing informatics, public health, health promotion, health education, library science, and communication science, and is perhaps the most challenging and rapidly expanding field in medical informatics; it is paving the way for health care in the information age (Eysenbach, 2000). Clinical Health InformaticsClinical informatics is the application of information and technology used to deliver healthcare services. This field is also referred to as operational informatics. This area of heath informatics includes a wide variety of topics. These topics range from clinical decision support, visual images, and clinical documentation ("Clinical informatics," 2013). Translational BioinformaticsThis field is centered on the development of storage, analytic, and interpretive methods to effectively handle large volumes of biomedical and genomic data. Translational bioinformatics researches different techniques to better combine biological and clinical data. The end goal of this field is to gather knowledge to spread to stakeholder, biomedical scientist, clinicians and patients ("Translational bioinformatics," 2013). Clinical Research Informatics This field uses informatics to discover and manage new knowledge that relates t health and disease. This specialized field relates to informatics activities that support transitional research. Clinical research informatics also includes the management of data related to clinical trials and secondary research ("Clinical research informatics," 2013). Biomedical InformaticsBiomedical informatics is the science of information. This field defines informatics as “data plus meaning” (Bernstam, Smith & Johnson, 2011). These diverse fields are united under the American Medical Association (AMIA). The American Medical Association is a professional scientific association that was form in 1989. This association was formed after three different professional associations merged together: The American Association or Medical Systems and Informatics (AAMSI), the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), and the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC). The mission of the AMIA is to “lead the way in transforming health care through trusted science, education, and the practice of informatics. AMIA connects a broad community of professionals and students interested in informatics. AMIA is the bridge for knowledge and collaboration across a continuum, from basic and applied research to the consumer and public health arenas.” Currently the AMIA supports five domains in the health informatics field: Translational bioinformatics, Clinical Research Informatics, Clinical Informatics, Consumer Health Informatics and Public Health Informatics ("Mission and history," 2013).
Chelsea DemarestHIMA 5060Spring 2012Dr. Zeng
This presentation will detail out the problemwith insufficient health informatics jobtracking, the background of the field, itsdevelopment and the different career paths forhealth informaticians.
One problem in the field of heath informaticscareers is the lack of proper job tracking. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics currently onlytracks one type of health informatics occupationwhich is medical records.• However this one field only accounts for 60% of healthinformatics jobs.• The remaining 40% of jobs in the heath informatics field arenot tracked.
Health informatics is the study ofcommunication systems and information inhealthcare.The field of health informatics has beennicknamed the ‘logic of healthcare.’Health informatics is documented as far backas the 1800s.
Working with the U.S Bureau of Labor toexpand the surveillance system for healthinformatics.It is important that this missing data becollected and added into the surveillancestatistics for health informatics jobs in theUnited States.
Health informatics is a board term that cantranslate too many different career areas. As stated before the only jobs that are tracked aremedical record positions which account for 60%of the health informatics workforce. This 40% includes: Heath informationsupervisors, managers, auditors, compliancereview staff, clinical documentation andimprovement specialists ("A growing jobs,"2012).
Health Care InformaticsMedical Health InformaticsNursing Health InformaticsPublic Health InformaticsConsumer Health InformaticsClinical Health InformaticsTranslational BioinformaticsClinical Research InformaticsBiomedical Informatics
To conclude, the major take away points forthis white paper include:• The history and development of heath informatics, theimpact that the field of heath informatics has on theUnited States heath care system, the urgent need forsufficient career tracking in the field of healthinformatics.
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