Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Health Information Technology
Beginning in Fall 2010, Catholic University of America began offering a Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Health Information Technology (MSIT-HIT) to prepare working adults for leadership in this growing field. The degree is offered by Library and Information Science, as a result of a partnership with the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies and the School of Nursing. This degree provides those who earn it with the skills necessary to develop and manage the information systems that support patient care and research and thereby play an important role in a number of healthcare settings.
The Health Information Technology Field
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment growth in the health information technology area is projected to increase by 20 percent through 2018 (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition). As the population continues to age, health-related problems are likely to increase, more tests and procedures will be performed, and more data and records will need to be managed. In addition, the need to reduce rising healthcare costs and provide affordable and better health care to Americans has intensified interest in using information technology to support physicians, nurses, allied health care professionals, and patients.
HIT professionals play an important role in a number of healthcare settings. Their responsibilities include:
- implementing and managing systems for the management of electronic medical records and patient health records,
- designing and developing collaborative tools and systems to support clinical decision making and research,
- safeguarding the security of patient records in compliance with privacy laws and addressing ethical issues related to the sharing of medical data and patient data,
- developing standards for the exchange and interoperability of medical data,
- promoting meaningful use of medical records and data,
- selecting and implementing health information systems to provide affordable quality healthcare