Health informatics is one of the fastest growing areas within healthcare. In its most simplest term, health informatics is about getting the right information to the right person at the right time.
It is critical to the delivery of information to healthcare professionals so they can deliver the most appropriate care.
You could be introducing electronic health records for every person in the country or exploring patient data to identify trends in disease and treatment. If you love working with computers or have an analytical and inquisitive mind, then there is a job for you in health informatics.
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Clinical informatics involves the capture, communication and use of patient data and clinical knowledge to support the delivery of patient care by healthcare professionals.
Information and communcation technology (ICT) involves the development, management and support of the ICT infrastructure in an NHS organisation, including the internet and email systems.
Information management is the retrieval, analysis, interpretation and presentation of health data and information. This enables the planning and delivery of patient services and patient care.
Knowledge managers support healthcare professionals and other staff in their education, training and development and professional practice.
Project and programme management involves the development and implementation of new IT systems or applications, such as on-line patient records or operational systems that link hospital services with those in the community.
Health informatics staff in education and training ensure all NHS staff are computer literate by delivering application and system training. They can work in IT, training departments or in clinical settings.
Health records and patient administration staff collate, store and retrieve records used in diagnosis and treatment. This is a critical role in the NHS due to the vast number of healthcare professionals involved in a patient’s care who need access to this vital information at a moment’s notice.