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Health Informatics Specialist

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Health Informatics Specialists Career Video

About This Career

Applies knowledge of nursing and informatics to assist in the design, development, and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Programming and Software Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Translates nursing practice information between nurses and systems engineers, analysts, or designers, using object-oriented models or other techniques.
  • Designs, develops, selects, tests, implements, and evaluates new or modified informatics solutions, data structures, and decision-support mechanisms to support patients, health care professionals, and their information management and human-computer and human-technology interactions within health care contexts.
  • Applies knowledge of computer science, information science, nursing, and informatics theory to nursing practice, education, administration, or research, in collaboration with other health informatics specialists.
  • Analyzes and interprets patient, nursing, or information systems data to improve nursing services.
  • Identifies, collects, records, or analyzes data relevant to the nursing care of patients.
  • Develops, implements, or evaluates health information technology applications, tools, processes, or structures to assist nurses with data management.
  • Develops strategies, policies or procedures for introducing, evaluating, or modifying information technology applied to nursing practice, administration, education, or research.
  • Uses informatics science to design or implement health information technology applications to resolve clinical or health care administrative problems.
  • Analyzes computer and information technologies to determine applicability to nursing practice, education, administration, and research.
  • Uses informatics science to design or implement health information technology applications for resolution of clinical or health care administrative problems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Clinical Informatics Specialist
  • Nursing Information Systems Coordinator
  • Clinical Informatics Systems Analyst
  • Registered Nurse Clinical Information Systems Educator (RN Clinical Information Systems Educator)
  • Registered Nurse Clinical Information Systems Coordinator (RN Clinical Information Systems Coordinator)
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Digital Diabetes Research Officer
  • Clinical Informatics Nurse
  • Clinical Informatics Analyst
  • Nursing Informatics Officer


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