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.
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.