Emphasis on Health
Per the direction of the Idaho State Board of Education, "Idaho State University...has specific responsibilities in delivering programs in the health professions. Idaho State University will formulate its academic plan and generate programs with primary emphasis on health professions...."
The College of Business is working to more closely align its mission to that of the university.
Our health informatics program focuses on developing the competencies and skills needed to work with leading edge technologies as well as to implement process change, system design, and management within the unique constraints and practices associated with the healthcare industry.
Our curriculum provides students with exposure to the interaction and interdependencies of technology with other key elements in health care, including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accreditation, FDA regulations, and evidence-based practices.
Health informatics graduates have opportunities to work in hospitals, physician networks and practice groups, insurance companies, regulatory agencies, and industry suppliers such as pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, and vendors of hospital equipment and medical supplies.
Health informatics is one of the most impressive fields for demand and salaries. The North American health informatics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4%. Major factors driving this growth include increased pressure to cut healthcare costs, growing demand to integrate healthcare systems, financial support from the U.S. government, government initiatives, and a rise in the aging population. Among the major constraints to the growth of health informatics is a shortage of health informatics professionals (reference).
One of our recent health informatics graduates, Angela Byington, works at St. Luke's in Boise. She recently visited ISU and addressed the members of our ACM student group about the employment options and opportunities associated with health informatics. A video of her presentation can be viewed on YouTube (link) and her slides can be found here.