Health IT is a national priority and a rapidly expanding industry. UT Austin’s Health Informatics and Health IT Education Programs are dedicated to providing excellence in Health IT education. We offer an executive education programs and a professional education program that is designed to fast-track college grads into Health IT careers.
“After deciding not to pursue professional school immediately after college, I found post-graduate options for Biology majors to be few and far between. I happened to hear about the UT Health IT and Health Informatics Program entirely by chance from a friend that had previously undergone it and decided to enroll. I’ll be the first to admit that I was skeptical about how a program barely two months long could help my career outlook significantly – especially considering I had no formal IT experience beforehand. However, nine weeks later, I was not only comfortable with presenting pertinent issues in the healthcare field to industry professionals, I found myself adept in project management as well proficient with multiple different Electronic Health Record systems – again, with no previous experience whatsoever. I am now an IT Project Manager, a role I could never have imagined ascending to before, and am truly grateful to Dr. Field and the HIT team for providing me with such an incredible opportunity to learn and succeed.”
Khan Mohammad, Summer 2016
IT Project Manager, Caravan Health
A groundbreaking transformation is occurring in the delivery of health care in the United States as the federal government and private health care organizations work to curb skyrocketing health care costs and ensure affordable, accessible health coverage for all.
An important component of this medical revolution is Health Information Technology (Health IT), the use of information and communication technology in health care to record, store, protect, retrieve and transfer medical information within healthcare settings. The field of Health IT bridges several professional disciplines including medicine and allied health professions, law, informatics, computer science, business, project management and research.
President Barack Obama has made the investment in “e-health” a priority for the U.S. Towards that end, the president is investing $56 billion dollars in the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to “paperless medicine” by encouraging physicians to adopt standards-based electronic health record (EHRs). It is estimated that between 50,000 and 200,000 new jobs will be created in Health IT in the near future.