Health Informatics is the use of information systems to secure, analyze, manage and integrate medical records and other health information in order to provide quality healthcare, engage patients, and promote wellness. 
 
The electronic health record is still a relatively new practice. Prompted through legislative actions (HITECH, ARRA), significant contributions have been made to promote the establishment and use of electronic health records in the provision of healthcare. By 2015, over 85 percent of hospitals were using electronic health record systems. Implementation has also increased significantly for physician practices. However, much work remains to be done, particularly in the areas of interoperability (sharing records across practices), use of technology to promote healthcare equity, securing health information systems, and increased use of consumer-generated health information (personal fitness devices, smartphone, apps, etc). The Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics contains coursework that tackles these issues and more in order to provide the knowledge base and analytical capability that makes Coastal Georgia graduates successful. 
Coastal GA President Dr. Michelle Johnston signs to start Emiko Diaz Memorial Scholarship.

 

Health Informatics students complete coursework that is clinical, business, and technical in nature. The combination of these courses provides the connection to help students identify and bridge the gap so that all components work together. Students have the opportunity to complete courses that are connected to community partners via service-learning, as well as completing hands-on practicum/internship coursework. Students are encouraged to join national organizations for health information such as AHIMA and HIMSS, which frequently offer networking opportunities that are critical in building a career in health informatics. By combining the "inside" of collegiate coursework with the "outside" of healthcare provider organizations and relationships, our students get a unique educational experience. 

 

Graduates of this program have a variety of career options depending on areas of interest and expertise. Coastal graduates may work in a variety of departments in a hospital setting, including health information management and information systems. They may also find opportunities in other organizations such as insurance companies, law offices, and a multitude of third-party companies that many healthcare providers work with in areas such as release of information, healthcare information system development, and public health entities.
 
Photo: College of Coastal Georgia President, Dr. Michelle Johnston, signs with SGHS CEO, Michael Scherneck, to start up the Emiko Diaz Memorial Scholarship.
(L to R: Lee McKinley, Dr. William "Skip" Mounts, Janeen Kluska (Emiko's mother), Dr. Johnston, and Scherneck).

Contact Information:

Dr. Lee McKinley

Chair, Department of Business Administration and Health Informatics, Associate Professor of Health Informatics