Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Health Informatics Program Offers Skills Backed By Respected Accreditations

Are you looking for a Health Informatics program that not only prepares you for the field by teaching you about healthcare structure and the health information systems that are available within it, but also has accreditation from respected organizations? If so, you may want to consider Centennial College's three-year offering.

Graduates of the Health Informatics Technology offering (as it is officially known) are equipped with the skills to become applications developers, health data analysts, database developers, systems implementation specialists, record assistants and business/systems analysts. Additionally, their credentials are respected across Canada thanks to the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists deeming the Health Informatics program as meeting the national technology accreditation requirements established by the organization and, as such, accrediting it with national status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board. The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists also recognizes the Health Informatics program as having met all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category.

With these respected organizations backing the Health Informatics program, students can rest assured that they are receiving the best possible education. As such, the Health Informatics courses incorporate knowledge of both information technology and healthcare systems. The skills acquired by the graduates will enable them to design, develop, modify, and test software for healthcare applications. This is achieved by studying object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, structure of healthcare information systems, telehealth, data security and privacy in healthcare systems. Specific technologies covered by Health Informatics courses include: C#, Java, J2EE, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Unix/ Linux, Microsoft's .NET, HTML/ XML, Rational/ WebSphere, Data warehousing and Data mining, and BI tools in healthcare systems and more.

To ensure that students get practical experience, the Health Informatics program includes two software development projects in the field of health informatics. These real world business applications require students to utilize all the technical, systems and business skills gained during their studies.

To enter the Health Informatics program, Centennial College expects that applicants have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Students must also possess Compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent. To graduate from the program, a Minimum C grade average is required.

Health Informatics Technology deals with information, computer science and health care. It is concerned with the resources, devices, and methods that optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. It is applied to the areas of nursing, clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and biomedical research. Graduates of Informatics Technology are able to analyze and model data, develop healthcare databases and apply different computer medical-imaging techniques. They are also able to use tools, algorithms and health informatics methods for hospitals, schools, healthcare agencies and public health departments.

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