A variety of Health Informatics programs are available at universities. A Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) and a Master of Science in Health Information Management are the two main degree options (MSHIM).
- MSHI: The Master of Healthcare Informatics is a master’s-level professional degree awarded to students who successfully complete a course of study in the knowledge and competencies required for careers in health informatics, which involves the collection, retrieval, and utilization of patient and public health data with the goal of improving patient care and lowering healthcare costs.
- MSHIM: The discipline of Health Information Management (HIM) is concerned with maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of health care data. HIM practitioners today collaborate with technology experts, clinicians, and administrators to create, implement, and maintain software and data systems that support effective work processes and provide permitted access to pertinent information for use in patient care, education, and research.
Both degrees are similar in content, but they focus on different aspects of the field. Health Informatics is concerned with the use of applied information technology to improve healthcare, while Health Information Management is concerned with the use of technology to store and retrieve patient data while adhering to institutional and governmental laws.
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