NEW: M.S. in Health Information Technology

New program now accepting applications!

Program Description

Medical and healthcare organizations are Information Technology (IT) intensive organizations and rely on IT professions with healthcare knowledge to design, implement, manage, and utilize their IT resources better. Health information technology careers give professionals remarkable new opportunities to improve quality and coverage in health care by lowering costs, helping to maximize efficiency, and putting a stop to avoidable medical mistakes. Those with a dual passion for computer and medical sciences have a perfect career choice in Health Information Technology (HIT).

The recent adoption of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the US will undoubtedly lead to a change in health professions. Healthcare delivery and services will need to be modified to capitalize both patient care and costs. In particular, advances in information technologies will change the way patients receive services and consume healthcare information. At the same time, healthcare providers, hospitals, and insurance companies are under increasing pressure to provide quality services at affordable cost, hopefully with the help of advanced use of technologies.

The national Bureau for Labor Statistics has identified occupations in health care, as an area of employment growth through 2022.  Job prospects in HIT specifically are expected to grow at a 22% rate.  Technicians are needed for emerging jobs such as healthcare integration engineer, healthcare systems analyst, clinical IT consultant, and technology support specialist. HIT was rated at the top of IT careers by a study in 2011.

The medical community relies on HIT specialists in all geographical areas of the country and within all types of medical settings. The metro-Detroit area is home to a number of nationally recognized healthcare related organizations.  With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the need is even more acute. Students graduating with a degree in HIT would be able to have a direct impact on helping the transition and improvement process currently happening in healthcare organizations.  

Application

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