With the 2014 deadline for mandated implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs) approaching, many healthcare facilities have implemented a variety of systems to handle EMRs as part of a larger system for tracking and monitoring patient activity and data. Meaningful use standards were established and must be met by electronic healthcare technology that ensures the compatible exchange of healthcare information between providers and patients, among other standards. The way in which each healthcare facility implements an electronic medical records system, integrates it with its existing system(s), meets federal regulations, and implements and manages the change directly affects providers and, most importantly, patients.  Accurate, secure, and timely implementation of EMRs systems is critical to the efficacy of the entire healthcare industry.

According to a recent survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, “There is a shortage of IT staff with the appropriate mix of skills to help integrate the use of IT into clinical, operational and administrative practices. The government predicts a shortfall of about 50,000 qualified health IT workers over the next five years1.” “We identified a great need for qualified technology professionals who not only have expertise in managing and implementing electronic systems, but who also understand the healthcare industry and federal standards,” says Beverly Magda, PhD., associate dean of the Master’s in Technology Management program, “This concentration is developed to provide professionals with the education and skill set needed to tackle the challenges in this industry and be successful.”

Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Technology Management’s Health Information Technology concentration is designed to address both existing healthcare IT systems as well as emerging systems while preparing the next generation of technology leaders.  Physicians, consultants, and federal employees who have a stake in the implementation of EMRs aided in the development of the program’s curriculum ensuring that it addresses the skills needed to be successful in the industry.  These skills include project and change management, technology management, leadership and ethics—all of which are tenets of the Technology Management program. Additionally, the Health Information Technology concentration covers the implementation and management of technology in the healthcare environment, vendor analysis, data analytics and the effective use of data and information technology to improve organizational performance in healthcare settings. Courses in the concentration include Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Information Systems and Big Data Analytics, Healthcare Standards and Policy, and Seminar in Healthcare Environment.

To learn more about the courses in the Health Information Technology Concentration, click here.

 

“Meaningless adoption of electronic health records could put meaningful use goals at risk” (2010, June 29). PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Retrieved from  http://www.pwc.com/us/en/ press-releases/2010/meaningless-adoption-of-electronic-health-records.jhtml