New Program Offering in Healthcare Informatics

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Building on a history of excellence in healthcare education, Trocaire College has added a new program of study in Healthcare Informatics.

Healthcare Informatics is a rapidly growing profession that utilizes computer technology in the advancement of healthcare. Dedicated to the acquisition, analysis and meaningful use of patient data, healthcare informatics is commanding attention for its ability to deliver new information systems and technologies – advances that result in higher quality healthcare at lower cost. To accomplish the national goals for electronic health records, extensive education in healthcare informatics is needed on all levels.

“Trocaire is very excited about the potential that this new program in Healthcare Informatics will offer to students in terms of employment,” noted Dr. Michael LaFever, Dean of Program Development & Enrollment Management. “In recent years the healthcare field has greatly enhanced its use of technology in patient care as well as a tool for system analysis. Helping organizations to analyze cost effectiveness in the delivery of healthcare from intake to discharge is a primary goal. Students who have the skills to use data in the healthcare setting will be prepared to enter the emerging field of healthcare informatics.”

To meet this growing demand, students enrolled in Trocaire’s Healthcare Informatics program will be trained in the skills needed to organize, manage, and analyze healthcare-related information. They will be prepared to create or implement databases and other technology systems, recommend informatics solutions and effectively collect, store and access medical data for operational assessment.

Available as a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree program, Healthcare Informatics will be offered in an evening/weekend format to fit the lifestyle of working adults. “What is especially exciting regarding the certificate program is the potential for those looking for a career change,” said Dr. LaFever. “Those who have baccalaureate degrees in nursing, computer science, business or engineering can learn how to utilize their skills within the healthcare system in a relatively short term of study - preparing them for a whole new employment field without having to restart their educational process.”

Graduates of this program will possess the strong business and scientific knowledge base and information technology skills necessary to efficiently integrate computer technology in the healthcare field. Career opportunities in healthcare informatics are increasing in a variety of health organizations that include hospitals, medical insurers, public health agencies, medical groups and clinics, and industries engaged in healthcare information technology.

Interested students can learn more about an exciting career in Healthcare Informatics by calling Dr. Michael LaFever at 716.827.2491. Now accepting applications for the inaugural class beginning this fall 2012.

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