Medical Informatics

Program Information

Stethoscope showed over a laptop.

Complex medical decisions. Evidence-based medicine. Disease management. Population health. Medical Informatics harnesses the power of information science, computer science, and health care to integrate the data that makes families and their communities healthier.

"In 10 years patients aren't going to go to the hospital like they do now."Guy Hembroff, medical informatics graduate program curriculum creator and director

Medical Informatics is the pathway to precision medicine. Electronic medical records (EMRs) are expanding beyond paper chart and coded insurance claims into multidisciplinary realms of health information technology. Human-centered high-tech health management brings doctors, nurses, other care providers, patients and families together to participate in comprehensive care management.  

Innovations like wearable sensors monitor falls, ambulation, and medication in geriatric patients, allowing the choice to be home, rather than a nursing home. Virtual reality devices can create a smoother transition between Emergency Medical Technicians and emergency room staff. Touchless devices can identify an unconscious patient, and seamlessly summon her medical history.

From imaging to protecting records, mobile health development to cybersecurity, our technology focus is intentional, strong and specifically geared toward complex medical decisions, mHealth development and medical data science applications.   

Ensuring patient health and safety. Eliminating security vulnerabilities. Developing better techniques for accurate medical imaging data. Our labs work on the human-centered technologies and services that serve communities now and in the future.

There's a reason Michigan Tech graduates overall have the sixth highest starting salaries in the nation among public universities and a 94-percent placement rate—our faculty is preparing them to create the future. Medical informatics graduates work in hospital and health-care systems, research laboratories, insurance companies, and security firms. They work in medical software companies, medical device and technology companies, and in research laboratories.

Employment Outlook

Jobs in this sector are expected to grow by 23 percent by 2022, twice as fast as overall employment projections. Median average salary is $92,810—US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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