According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job prospects for Health Informatics Specialists should be very good over the next several years. Health Informatics Specialists are included under the broader category of medical records and health information technicians. BLS projections indicate a 22% increase in employment in this field between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than average for all occupations. Health Informatics Specialists with a solid understanding of how the acquisition, storage, retrieval and the use of health data plays a critical role in ehnhancing the quality of care, reducing the costs of delivery, addressing population health issues, assessing workflows, selecting hardware and software systems, working with vendors, installing and testing IT systems, diagnosing IT problems, training staff on systems, and certification credentials will be in high demand across various healthcare settings. Yearly salaries for Certified Health Informatics Specialists is approximately $22,000 – $61,000 depending upon location and work experience.
For those students who wish to pursue further education, NTCC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting, which can be completed within 24 months and in conjunction with the Health Informatics Specialist program or the Medical Coding program. Beyond courses in the Health Informatics certificate program, the Medical Assisting and Medical Coding programs curriculum includes further instruction in administrative and clinical skills. Students earning both an AAS in Medical Assisting and a Certificate I in Medical Coding/Health Informatics will be more valuable to employers. For further information about the Medical Assisting program, please visit the Medical Assistant website at http://www.ntcc.edu/medassist or the Medical Coding website at http://www.ntcc.edu/medcoding
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