J. Mack Robinson College of Business offers a full
program in Health Informatics. You can use the resources on these pages to learn
about this program and to help make a qualified decision on joining as a
Why Health Informatics?
The healthcare industry is growing quickly as one of
the most important segments of modern society. It accounts for a major portion
of public spending. It is important for each of us as a person. It is driven by
constant pressures to innovate and perform well. And, not very surprisingly, it
is also an industry full of challenges and hopes.
The healthcare industry is information intensive.
Up-to-date and reliable information about patient conditions is essential for
providing medical services. Information is also required to coordinate the many
organizations and people involved in each medical service. Finally, information
is needed to administrate the complex economical transactions involved in the
In the January
issue of the
Wall Street Journal (p. B7): “The Obama administration’s plan is to invest
$50 billion over five years to encourage broader adoption of
health-information technology is expected to include additional incentives for
Unfortunately, the intensiveness, complexity, and amount of health information
have presented considerable challenges in adopting information technology to
increase the efficiency and enhance the quality of medical services.
Innovation of the healthcare industry is therefore highly dependent on skilled
people with competencies in Health Informatics.
What is Health Informatics?
Health Informatics combines knowledge from medical
areas, healthcare administration, and information technology. An expert in Health Informatics
knows about information technology, how to apply the technology to solve
practical problems, and how to manage complex processes of implementing new
solutions into organizations. Besides these generic competencies, Health
Informatics experts also know about the industry, both from the point of view of
providing medical services, and from the point of view of administrating complex
medical organizations and processes.
Experts in Health Informatics can, in other words,
help the industry effectively adopt information technology to innovate and
improve its medical services and the way they are administrated.
How to study Health
At J. Mack Robinson College of business you can
study Health Informatics on different levels. On the undergraduate level, we
offer a major in Computer Information Systems with a specialization in Health Informatics. On the graduate level, we offer a masters
degree in Information Systems with a concentration in Health Informatics, and, within the MBA
IS program we offer a
concentration in Health Informatics.
Please surf these pages to learn more. Also, at any
point, feel free to write an
e-mail to one of the professors involved. They will be
more than happy to answer any questions and tell you more about possible ways in
which you can become involved as a student.