New technology can be an integral part of medicine, and health informatics is
no exception. Healthcare informatics is the science that underlies the fusion
of health care, information technology, and business administration, and
guides its integration into all aspects of the patient health experience,
including clinical care, nursing, pharmacy and public health.
Health informatics professionals typically begin their careers several different
ways. From inside the health care industry, candidates can begin as an
administrator, clinician, nurse, physician, or pharmacist with an interest in
informatics; or they enter from outside the health care industry as an IT
professional with an interest in creating more efficient health information systems.