Health informatics (HI) is an evolving multidisciplinary specialization that links information technology, communications, and healthcare to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Health informatics is a term that describes the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of healthcare information to foster better collaboration among a patient’s various healthcare providers. Health informatics plays a critical role in the push toward healthcare reform and bridges gaps between Information Technology practical applications and healthcare using different technologies and tools. Health Informatics discipline focuses on imparting practical knowledge and technical training which should enable students to harmonize theory with practice, concepts with applications, and problems with solutions in health care.
The B.S. in Health Informatics at Jinnah University for Women is a 4 years (8 Semesters) degree program that will strive to prepare trained professionals who will be proficient in developing and managing efficient Healthcare Management Information Systems (HMIS), and prepare them to convert critical patient healthcare data into useful information that will help in management, analysis, reporting and decision making hence improving patient care and healthcare delivery services.
Graduates of this program will also develop management and technical skills to enhance the productivity in HMIS project management, clinical decision support systems, project design, and research. With the rapid advancement in the healthcare industry, the demand for healthcare information systems (HIS) professionals has increased. There are many obstacles to Health Informatics in Pakistan such as inadequate skills of health care personals, lack of physical infrastructure and restricted access to data. This degree program will present solutions and inject necessary specialized IT literate manpower to the healthcare industry.
Why B.S. in Health Informatics?
Health informatics focuses on issues related to collecting, storing, and analyzing medical information in a digital format. By combining medical knowledge with engineering, informatics, and communication systems, health informatics develops procedures that help improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare and health reforms. There is no other program either in biomedical, computer science or information technology fields of studies that provide such an interdisciplinary combination and integration solely.
Graduates of Health Informatics
This degree has greater social sciences, business and humanities focus than the more natural science and mathematics intensive degrees required for the professional colleges in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine. Students graduating with this degree may enter the workforce to continue their education in a variety of fields that might include advanced degree programs in Health Management, Physical or Occupational Therapy, Health Administration, Healthcare Informatics, Communication Disorders and Social Work to name a few. The graduates of HI will be able to integrate and apply the fundamentals of information and communication technology, information science, computer science and knowledge management to formulate and solve problems in healthcare, biomedical research, and public health.
Further, the graduates of HI are expected to gain an in-depth understanding of the healthcare industry and to develop relevant programming skills. They will develop the knowledge of information system design and networking and keep up to date with the latest IT-based innovations in healthcare. Health informatics specialists require analytical skills that will aid them in gathering and organizing medical information. They will develop strong strategic planning and management abilities, as they work on optimizing access to information in the healthcare industry.
What students will learn?
Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics addresses both technological and operational aspects of informatics with a focus on the integration and interoperability of technology. In addition to learning about new technologies involved with healthcare information management, students also learn about healthcare business and administration, gaining a multifaceted understanding of the industry.
Students graduate with a firm understanding of how to improve healthcare information systems. They also gain the background necessary to pursue a graduate degree in the field. Courses provide broad technical skills as well as the organizational competencies needed for professional-level positions. Students will learn how to:
- Describe information systems used in healthcare and explain their relationship with data, people, procedures, hardware, and software.
- Manage data via relational database systems and the structured query language (SQL) and understand data warehousing, online analytical processing, data quality issues, emerging cloud databases and data mining techniques.
- Integrate electronic medical records with patient care and provide a higher quality of care through better management and availability of medical information.
- Manage the process of electronic health records acquisition and implementation.
- Develop and assess the tools used to represent medical data.
- Assess the functions, limitations, opportunities, and challenges of information technology in the healthcare environment.
- Define medical language and classification systems.
- Comply with laws and regulations applicable to managing patient information.
- Communicate effectively with informatics teams and healthcare stakeholders.
- Consider the ethical issues that can arise during the delivery of healthcare with respect to health information.
- Describe clinical workflows from an e-medicine business models perspective.
- Manage healthcare projects using the PMBOK® Guide.
Admission Eligibility Criteria
As per JUW Polices for Admission in under graduates Program:
- Higher Secondary School Certificate, with Biology, Engineering or Computer Science or equivalent qualifications (A-level).
- Minimum 45 % marks.
- The BS in Health Informatics Degree would be a 04-year program (08 semesters).
- Students enrolled in Bachelor of Science (Health Informatics) program are required to register and complete a total of 3 credits (1 Course “Summer Term Clinics” of 6 weeks) as mentioned in the relative academic terms of the degree plan.
- The 3 Practical Clinical Credit hours are required to be spent in collaboration with hospitals or clinical sites (3 physical hours per week).