What is health informatics?

The demand for health informatics professionals with the ability to use technology tools and data is projected to grow.

The aim of health informatics is to improve healthcare through the effective management and utilisation of health information, data and systems, and to use the knowledge gained to solve problems and make decisions about health care and services.

All of this leads to a more affordable, flexible health system and better health outcomes for people.

Health Informatics students develop a blend of analytical and technical skills and learn how to take a multi-disciplinary approach. They also bring to future workplaces skills such as:

  • critical thinking and conceptual skills
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • self-motivation
  • problem solving
  • attention to detail
  • planning and organisation.

Where Health Informatics graduates work

Health Informatics graduates are predicted to find roles across private and public sectors, especially in organisations allied to the direct health delivery, such as:

  • Health software companies
  • Governmental agencies
  • District health boards (DHBs)

The following is a sample of job titles relevant to undergraduates:

  • Clinical informatics specialist
  • Health informatics analyst
  • Health informatics project leader
  • Health information analyst
  • Project manager
  • Business analyst—national patient flow
  • Business analyst—health intelligence
  • Solutions developer—health intelligence
  • Health information manager
  • Health technology designer
  • Health IT developer