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Health Care Informatics

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Health Care Informatics
Universal health records accessible to all health care providers are expected to be implemented nationally over the next few years. Health Care Informatics (HCI) is a relatively new field of study that uses computerized solutions for health care information. It encompasses a variety of skills needed to organize, manage, and analyze health care-related information. HCI involves information technology, health information management, legal and human issues, national and international standards, governmental agencies and the monitoring of global illnesses.

Career Opportunities
Nurses, physicians, administrators, pharmacists, insurance companies, hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities involved with patient care are all involved with the development of health care information systems. Universal health records will become commonplace by 2014. The number of trained professionals is not adequate to meet this need. To accomplish the national goals for electronic health records, extensive education in health care informatics on many levels is required.

There are a number of driving forces behind the move to computerize health records, including:

  • Availability and reliability of technology
  • Need to reduce health care costs
  • Need to reduce medical errors and improve the quality of health care
  • Drive for patient choice by enabling them to research physicians and facilities, based on criteria such as location, cost, and quality
  • Need to control global epidemics which have accelerated because of the greater mobility of the world population
  • New possibilities for conducting medical research based on the amount of clinical data that will become available
 
Health Care Informatics Goals and Objectives
The Health Care Informatics program has been carefully developed to give students fundamental technical skills along with a broad understanding of the health care field to implement computerized solutions for health care information.

The Ursuline Studies Program
The heart of an Ursuline education is the Ursuline Studies Program. By its very nature, the Ursuline Studies Program is committed to the development and enrichment of all students. As an outcomes-based curriculum, the program views assessment of academic progress as an essential part of each course and each stage of development.

The Ursuline Studies Program involves a series of writing-intensive interdisciplinary courses that total 49 credit hours and serve as the liberal arts core of an Ursuline College education. The program highlights personal development, the cultivation of academic abilities and the exploration of a coherent, integrated body of knowledge drawn from a variety of disciplines.

Degree plan/audit sheet (.pdf)

Gainful Employment
Federal regulations require institutions to disclose to prospective and current students certain information about Gainful Employment Programs. A "Gainful Employment" program is a certificate program that leads to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.  Ursuline College currently offers some certificate programs that meet the Gainful Employment definition. Information about this certificate program, including related occupations, graduation rate, median loan debt for program completers, on-time completion rate and other pertinent facts is available on the following document: