Graduate education in Clinical and Health Informatics opens doors in this rapidly growing field.
Whether you want to move into the field or pursue career advancement within the field, you’ll find opportunities in health systems, public health, research, health IT vendors and related areas, including:
- Chief Health Information Officer
- Clinical Informatics Director
- Clinical or Research Analyst
- Software designer
- Information Systems developer
Clinical and Health Informatics team members may include the following roles:
Clinician/Scientist: Understands the clinical problem and designs research studies to investigate the problem. Obtains funding to complete the work. Needs to know how to apply informatics to investigate the problem (what data is needed, what analyses are needed, etc). Often times physicians/scientists from different domains work together on problems since different areas of expertise are needed (example: in breast cancer research, radiologists might work with pathologists so they can share their clinical knowledge about imaging vs knowledge about pathological diagnosis)
Data Manager: Understands how to access and manipulate the data that is needed to solve the clinical problem. Data Managers work with Physicians/Scientists to understand the clinical problem and works with Statisticians/analysts on what data is needed for the analysis. Data managers can transform the data so it can be easily imported for use in different software systems and algorithms.
Statisticians/Analysts use machine learning and statistics to get results.
Project Manager: Brings the individual team members together. Helpful to have informatics understanding. Informatics discussions can be highly technical so understanding what technical tasks are needed to complete the research work, defining action items and setting target dates helps to complete the project.