Vol State Launches New Medical Informatics Program

Submitted on August 02, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Medical Informatics is a hot job field that combines information technology (IT) and health care. Health care providers use increasingly complex computerized records. A need has arisen for professionals to support those systems. Volunteer State Community College is responding to that need with a new Medical Informatics associate of applied science degree program that starts this fall. It's designed to provide students with the training they need to quickly get into the health care workplace.

"There is a need and demand in the community for this skill set," said Valerie Bowling, Vol State director of Health Information Technology. "The move to electronic health records increased the need for health care professionals with an information technology background."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the field will grow by 18 percent in coming years. Possible job titles for graduates include implementation support specialist, implementation manager, technical and software support staff member and trainer. Generally these positions fall into three job fields: IT professional, health information management professional and clinical informatician.

"The IT background will include database management, project management and computer programing," said Rob Morris, associate professor. "The program will include hardware and software certifications."

The Nashville Health Care Council and the Nashville IT Council joined together to look for ways to train new workers. The Vol State program will be the only community college program of its type in Middle Tennessee. Several area universities are starting programs that could provide a path forward for Vol State graduates seeking a bachelor degree.

For more information contact Kellie Jones at Vol State at Kellie.jones@volstate.edu or by phone at 615-230-3543. The web site address is: www.volstate.edu/MedicalInformatics

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