Health Care Informatics

At Misericordia University, informatics is more than using information technology. We believe this technology should be used responsibly and ethically to improve the human condition. Health informatics is an interdisciplinary specialty that combines aspects of information technology, information theory and management, health sciences, engineering and management science.

The person who works in this field is called a health informaticist. If they specialize in an area like nursing, they would have titles like nurse informaticist, public health informaticist, or the like. People who work on basic medical research in this area are called biomedical informaticists.

Informaticists work in many different health care areas, like hospitals, academic institutions, state and federal government health care organizations, consulting companies, and for insurance companies and companies that develop information technology products for health care. Job prospects are bright for people with formal training in health informatics. Currently there exists a critical shortage of health informatics professionals at all levels. Individuals with formal training can expect above average employment status and salary earnings. For example, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in medical and health care informatics to increase by 20 percent a year through 2020. That's greater than the average for all occupations in the United States.

According to national surveys their base salary is $45,000 to $80,000, with bonuses of $5,000 to $10,000, for a total compensation of $50,000 to $90,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that most public health informatics specialists average a yearly income of between $52,000 and $88,000, with those at health care facilities making $60,000 to $72,000 per year and those employed by the federal government averaging $87,200. The level of compensation varies with experience and training and the role of the health informaticist in the organization.

Health informaticists typically start their careers in a technical role, like developing systems and software, designing databases, or working with clinicians to make sure a new system operates properly. After a few years they acquire management skills and advanced training, enabling them to run project teams and handle the acquisition and deployment of a system. With more experience and training they move into senior leadership roles like a hospital's chief medical information officer or information systems vice president.

Misericordia's fully-online health informatics programs are designed to train health informaticists to climb this ladder of success in the technical, managerial, and leadership roles they will have in health care organizations.

For information on Health Informatics, please contact David Pasquini, at 570-674-8183, or dpasquin@misericordia.edu

FACULTY

Program Chair Michael J. Smith, MHS, MS

Michael J. Smith received his BA from Bloomsburg University in 2001. Upon completion of his BA, Michael worked for Geisinger Health System and numerous Pharmaceutical Companies where he was responsible for sales management, data management and training. In 2009 Michael graduated with an MS in Management from California University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a 4.0 while completing the program. In 2014 Michael also graduated with an MHS from Saint Francis University. While attending Saint Francis, as part of his final project/professional contribution, Michael developed a program that would train pre-physician assistant students to become nursing assistants. The students would then be able to serve as nursing assistants for a local health system, while obtaining those hard to acquire shadow hours needed for applying to school.

Michael came to Misericordia University in 2013 to help develop and manage the Master of Health Informatics program. He is one of the architects of the curriculum that is required to be completed in the program and is responsible for the overall operations of the informatics program. Michael is still involved in healthcare informatics as he spends his time outside of Misericordia doing work for a leading health analytics company.

Residing in Riverside, Michael is married and spends his free time traveling with his wife, Sabrina. He also enjoys many outdoor activities and can be found at many of the local state parks either hiking, running or kayaking.


Sean M. McAndrew, MHA, RHIA

Sean McAndrew is an adjunct instructor with the Health Care Informatics Graduate program. He teaches Heath Care Information Systems, Enterprise Information Governance, and Health Information Proficiencies.

Sean earned his MHA in Health Administration from the University of Scranton, and his B.S. in Health Information Management from York College of Pennsylvania. He also has an Associate in Science Degree from Luzerne County Community College.

Sean is employed full-time at Geisinger Community Medical Center as the Associate Vice President of Information Technology/Director HIM. He is also the Privacy Officer for the hospital. Sean provides administrative oversight of the Information Technology, Health Information Management, Medical Informatics, Telecommunications, Corporate Compliance and Privacy Departments. Sean is also an active member of the Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE) Governance and Data Security/Audit Committees. Sean is a Registered Health Information Administrator through the American Health Information Management Association.


Amy McCoy, MBA

Amy McCoy is an adjunct instructor for the Health Care Informatics Graduate program. She teaches The Business of Health Informatics, Modeling Health Information, and Health Care Systems Analysis and Design.

Amy received her B.S. in Business Administration, Management with a minor in Economics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and her M.B.A from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Amy is employed full-time at Geisinger Health Plan in Danville, PA as a Sr. Financial Analyst. She also holds certifications as a Professional, Academy for Healthcare Management (PAHM), Fellow, Academy of Healthcare Management (FAHM), and most recently Professional, Health Insurance Advanced Studies (PHIAS) by the American Health Insurance Plans.

ARTICLES

Hagland, Mark. "One CIO-CMIO Speaks To What Healthcare Needs in Emerging Clinical Informaticist Leaders." Healthcare Informatics. Vendome Healthcare Media. 3 February 2015. Web

http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/article/one-cio-cmio-speaks-what-healthcare-needs-emerging-clinical-informaticist-leaders


Martin, Dylan."Greater Portland's push to improve the health informatics field has high stakes." Mainebiz. New England Business Media. 23 February 2015. Web

http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20150223/CURRENTEDITION/302189995/1088


Monegain, Bernie. "Informatics off the radar for most med students; many remain unaware of opportunities in growing field." Healthcare IT News. HIMSS Media. 6 March 2015. Web

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/informatics-radar-med-students

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