Demand for Healthcare IT Specialists Prompts UConn to Offer New, Online Program

Mar 10, 2017

The University of Connecticut School of Business has launched a new, nationally recognized, online certificate program in Healthcare Informatics and Technology. Beginning in March of 2017, the program is designed to meet the growing demand for experts in that field.

“The role of technology in the provision and financing of healthcare is expanding at a dizzying pace” said Robert Booz, Director, Healthcare IT & Initiatives, at the UConn School of Business. He specializes in the technology issues of healthcare payer, provider, vendor, and supplier associated organizations.

“Understanding the changes and challenges of regulation, innovation, and ethics requires new ways of looking at the intersection of healthcare and technology. New careers are being created in in response to the need for innovation,” he said.

The UConn program has already received the prestigious designation of Approved Educational Partner by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). UConn’s program is one of only a few nationally to earn this industry-recognized honor. HIMSS is a not-for-profit association dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness and access through the best use of IT and management systems. As the only program in the Northeast recognized and credentialed by HIMSS, it is expected to draw students from across the nation. And as fully online, it is already global in its reach.

This non-credit, online certificate program is designed to meet the educational needs of entry- to mid-level IT staff members employed within healthcare organizations. The program also provides increased knowledge of healthcare for experienced information technology staff from other fields and areas of expertise.

The program requires the completion of four specially designed online courses. The program can be completed in less than 10 months. An accelerated program can be completed in four months for qualified individuals. Faculty include prominent industry leaders, such as nationally recognized healthcare IT experts and chief information officers of health systems.

For more information about the program, please visit the program website at http://healthcare.business.uconn.edu/healthcare-it-certificate/ or contact Robert Booz, director of healthcare IT and initiatives at Robert.Booz@uconn.edu or (860) 728-2404. Registration is currently open for both the spring and fall 2017 courses.