Health Care Informatics - Montana Tech

Health Care Informatics

What is Health Care Informatics?

Health Care Informatics is an evolving specialization. It bridges the gap between health professionals who provide clinical care, and the professionals who manage the complex healthcare information systems. Become trained in a career that marries the technical world of computer applications and the varied environment of the health care provider.

At Montana Tech, the HCI program give students an educational experience that provides them with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to be effective members and/or leaders in multidisciplinary groups responsible for the design and development, implementation, evaluation, and management of health care information systems.

Montana Tech’s HCI degree program trains professionals to improve health care using information technology.

What Types of Skills Do You Need?

  • Strong interest in science, technology,, and health care
  • Ability to engage with a variety of disciplines
  • Desire to work with computers and technology
  • You're inquisitive - you want to know things work and be a problem solver!

What Can You Do with Your Degree?

Health Care Informatics is a rapidly expanding field with excellent career prospects. Health Care Informatics specialists work in a variety of environments, including hospitals, clinics, health care and public health agencies, information technology firms, research institutes, and the insurance industry.

What makes our program unique?

The HCI program is in a unique position of making a difference in a health care field without direct patient care. Our graduates interact with nurses, doctors, and others to help achieve the “Triple Aim” of better care for individuals and populations at a lower per capita cost. Health information technology and HCI professionals have the potential of improving quality of care such as reducing medical errors.

 

Montana Tech is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Industrial Advisory Committee

The Health Care Informatics Department formed an Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) in July of 2009. The Department strives to maintain close ties with the Health Care Industry in Montana and the region. The IAC includes leading representatives of the major health care systems and facilities in Montana. The HCI Industrial Advisory Committee is composed of Hospital and Clinical Chief Information Officers, former HCI students employed in the health care field and clinical staff (e.g., physicians and nurses) active in implementing electronic systems within their facilities.