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today Published on 29-05-2018

What is Healthcare Informatics?

What is Healthcare Informatics?

At HC Executive, we are working on an exciting opportunity for a London-based Business Development Manager in the field of Healthcare Informatics. We decided to take a look at the Healthcare Informatics industry.

What is Healthcare Informatics?

Health informatics is the intelligent use of information and technology to provide better care. It’s one of the fastest growing areas in health.

Every day in the health sector, information has to be collected, managed, used and shared. Good patient care depends on this fast and accurate flow of information.

Healthcare informatics is a field and general discipline that is basically a combination of IT and healthcare. It is made up primarily of computer systems and software programs with the main goal of developing more efficient and intuitive ways of controlling stored health information, managing clinical workflow tasks, and improving the general security of healthcare information. This sort of informatics is largely bound up in technology, but also requires a high degree of specialization for the world of medicine. In certain respects, it’s similar to other sorts of informatics, like for sales or business operations, but in others — particularly where privacy and data sensitivity are concerned — it’s really different. It also must evolve as quickly as both technology and healthcare do, which often means that it’s constantly changing.

One of the biggest objectives of healthcare informatics is to formulate a standard approach for healthcare internationally. This ideally would include a streamlined system for storing health information in almost all forms. Data is organized as related to patients, to different diseases and treatments, and to practices and advice, then it is made more or less universally available. Researchers, providers, and patients are all involved in different degrees. In an ideal system the different informatics tools, techniques, concepts, and protocols will influence not just how care is provided but may help shape best practices in diagnosing and treating patients, too.

Medical Informatics = Operating Efficiencies

These sorts of information systems may be used to create greater operating efficiencies in three basic functions of healthcare: clinical, administrative, and financial. For example, healthcare informatics is pivotal in the movement to cut costs and enhance patient care by implementing a standardized system for electronic medical records. It is also a key to expanding the development of health information systems for billing, clinical research, client scheduling, and the exchange of medical information.

Medical professionals can also take advantage of these sorts of systems as a way to try and make better decisions. Health-related knowledge seems to grow exponentially, and many informatics platforms include what is known as “clinical decision support systems” (CDSS). CDSS is designed to help practitioners stay on top of new trends and diagnostic patterns. Related tools called “electronic prescribing systems” (EPS) eliminate the need for hand-written prescriptions and minimize errors. Informatics also allow for data mining to determine the effectiveness of drugs, which may reduce the cost of treatments, lessen mistakes, and help further advancements in the quality of care.

Who are Healthcare Informatics Professionals?

Medical informatics is found at the intersection of healthcare and technology. It is where skills in both medical and computer sciences come together in an effort to improve healthcare and patient outcomes. Professionals in this hybrid field draw on expertise from both disciplines to put technology to its best use in patient care, clinical and research settings.

Medical informatics professionals are tasked with using information technology to its greatest advantage in the healthcare industry. This means they are responsible for such tasks as:

  • Creating, maintaining or facilitating new ways for medical facilities and practices to keep electronic health records (EHR),
  • Improving communication between healthcare providers and facilities to ensure the best patient outcomes,
  • Storing, managing and analyzing data for research,
  • Assisting with complex, technology-dependent research, such as that involved in human genome sequencing.

Part of the role of the Healthcare Informatics Business Development Manager will involve working in partnership with these professionals.

Business Development Manager – Healthcare Informatics

Please contact Elizabeth Searle at HC Executive for more details about this amazing career opportunity – brief job description below;

Are you an experienced hospital Sales Representative looking for a new challenge? Are you intrigued by a start-up venture with strong backing and potential for high earnings?

This is a unique chance to build upon existing accounts with a product that provides real-time intelligence for NHS trusts, enabling them to make better resourcing decisions for clinical services to meet fluctuations in patient demand and manage patient flow.

You will be liaising with Chief Information and Technology Officers and building relationships at all levels to demonstrate the advantages of this technology. You will have the full support of a technical team to assist with after sales installation so your primary focus is identifying decision makers and creating awareness of how this product can enable clinicians and managers to easily monitor patient tracking and flow.

Ideally qualified to Degree level or equivalent, you will possess proven experience selling into secondary care, either within medical devices, I.T or Pharmaceutical markets. This role will require a tenacious and entrepreneurial spirit, a hunger to succeed and the cofidence to build relationships at the highest levels.

Sources

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-healthcare-informatics.htm

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/health-informatics

https://www.usfhealthonline.com/resources/key-concepts/what-is-medical-informatics/