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Healthcare Data Analytics

From the moment you check in to a hospital or medical provider's office, you start generating information. Every interaction, every lab result, x-ray, diagnostic, prescription, diagnosis or procedure is collected and kept safe and secure, available to you and your providers to establish a cogent medical history to better serve you. But that information can also do so much more. 

Quick Facts:

  • The Job Outlook for 2016-2026 is projected at 20% growth, with 72,100 new jobs needed in Healthcare Data Analytics.
  • The BLS lists the 2015 median income of Medical and Health Service Managers at $94,500.00 – these are individuals that have a Baccalaureate degree but less than 5 years experience in the field.
  • The Health Information field overall is growing at all levels, as individuals with no Postsecondary Degree (Medical Records and Health Information Techs) have a median pay of $37,110, and a 15% job growth outlook from 2014-2024. Our Carlow Healthcare Data Analytics program's graduates will manage these techs.
  • If you find yourself drawn more to the management and administrative side of the healthcare industry, check out our Health Management program, also directed by Dr. Kistler.
It's up to the Healthcare Data Analytics specialists to use -- and protect -- that data in meaningful ways. It's a discipline that combines medicine, business, and information. 

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Healthcare Data Analytics is now transfer-friendly, for adult students seeking a continuing education opportunity, or current students in other areas looking for a change of discipline. Healthcare data analytics is the exciting new frontier that combines medicine, data and business under a single area of study. As a healthcare data analyst, you are simultaneously an administrator, planner, consultant, educator, researcher, and practitioner.  


One way a Healthcare Data Analyst can use data is predictive: does your health history indicate an increased chance of something more serious? Maybe a treatment successfully used on other patients would work on your chronic condition, too. As patients continue along on whatever paths through the healthcare system, the valuable data they create can be used, anonymously, to assist in finding larger trends in the ever-changing health landscape.
These trends don't just matter to the patients affected by them -- they matter to the providers and insurers, too. Health data is used to make businesses function better, to streamline information-gathering technologies, to simplify and secure the health records themselves, or to connect better treatments to more cost-effective practices. A Health Data Analyst is also a business specialist. 

Data protection is more and more important with each passing day, and Health Information professionals are at the front lines of the battle against leaks, hacks, and information mismanagement. They're the people developing and implementing the best practices in keeping patient data safe, secure, and easily accessible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Health Care Data Analytics and why is it important?

Data analytics in the health industry is critical, as it is changing the way our medical community models, tracks, and predicts patient outcomes and overall performance activities. For example - the ability to deliver real-time insights about the financial performance of a hospital, or how a patient (or group of patients) are responding to a certain medication, are just a few ways the use of data is vital to the health care industry. From many different perspectives - patient health, organizational performance, financial accountability, and many others - health care data analytics is having a tremendous impact on everyone.

How is technology impacting health care?

A current trend is the delivery model for health service is changing, with the traditional doctor's office not being the only place where services can be provided and received. As technology improves and becomes more common in our lives, online visits with medical providers, remote monitoring of patients, and even mobile devices are being utilized to improve patients lives.

What are some of the keys to improving the use and usefulness of data analytics?

As every piece of data gathered from patients is important, this needs to be transformed into meaningful and usable information. In a practical way, connecting our systems so that data can be shared is a key component so that all information can be used to make comprehensive decisions. Having a patients' medical record, medication list, payment data, insurance, and all other points of data help care givers provide the best service - as well as help them design treatment plans that will be the most effective. Predictive modeling, based on performance models and trend data, are helping clinicians keep people healthier and for longer periods of time. The use of data is giving us longer life-expectancies, and giving us a better quality of life.

Carlow University Health Care Data Analytics graduates will work with these very interesting and in-demand areas, in a variety of industries, to improve the quality of life for our entire community.

Healthcare Data Analytics Program Director

The World of Possibilities

“People who understand data and can use it: there’s a need for those folks in all different areas.” 

Michael Kistler, head of the HIMA program at Carlow

Michael Kistler has worked in the health care field for more than 20 years, starting with his time as a medical logistics officer for the military. 

Setting up hospitals and coordinating supplies sparked Kistler’s interested in medical care. Then Kistler started thinking about medical data, wondering what we can do with it and how it can be helpful. 

Read Dr. Kistler's story.

If you'd like to learn more about our Healthcare Data Analytics program, let us know!

Course Information

Health information management operations, and the use of the data generated throughout the health care system, is the focus of this course. This study of database analysis, design, and theory – as well as the use of data management systems in health care – will provide the students with a greater overall understanding of health informatics and analytics.   
HIMA 404 - Health Care Project Management 
This course reviews the necessary project management skills needed to lead health information and data analytics efforts. Students will learn how to create productive and effective management teams in the health care environment, while paying special attention to data security, patient safety, and outcomes. 

HIMA 407 - Professional Practicum
The professional practice experience (PPE) provides students with an internship experience, with the goal being that the student can partner with clinical, educational, technical, or other facilitators to gain knowledge and experience in the health information management and analytics field of their choosing. The ultimate goal is a final placement in the industry and position of their choosing, one that matches the students’ interests with the industry’s needs.

For more information about Healthcare Data Analytics, you can check out the official website for the American Health Information Management Association