Health information management and technology is complex. For those who are new to things like electronic health records, data, coding languages, and meaningful use, it can be an intimidating world to step into. You need a strong understanding of both technology and the dynamics of health care. But the field is constantly evolving and becoming uncharted territory—even for the experts—so you can never know everything.
Thank goodness for infographics. They give us a way to break down tough concepts, like health IT, into visually appealing, easily digestible snippets. Here are our five favorite health information technology infographics from around the web. Study them and you will gain a better sense of HIT and HIM right now, no matter if you are a seasoned professional or just starting to get to know the field.
Created by CompTIA, the colorful overview of health care and health technology offers great insight into the field’s bright future. Read this health information technology infographic carefully—then read it again.
It’s no surprise to AIS Network that health care is moving to the cloud—all the other businesses and organizations are doing it. Their infographic illustrates the impacts and significant benefits of health data in the cloud.
The average salary for health IT professionals was $89,879 in 2014, according a salary report by HealthITJobs.com. It’s also one of the fastest growing careers in the nation.
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This infographic by Coalition for ICD-10 shows the impact the new coding language could have on public health, especially when tracking disease outbreaks like West Africa Ebola. The United States currently uses ICD-9, but it doesn’t include a code for the deadly virus.
Interested in the history of health IT? This health information technology infographic, published by HIMSS, chronicles how far the field has come in a Millennial’s lifetime, starting with the IT awakening in the early ‘90s and ending with the first stage of meaningful use last year.
Even if you’re not a nurse, you should still know about nursing informatics—a rapidly growing sector of the healthcare industry. Nursing School Hub created this infographic, one that any tech geek can appreciate for its retro-med visuals.
And just for fun…
In ICD-10, there’s a code for everything. Read the dark and truly bizarre ones Healthcare IT News compiled into an infographic—and cross your fingers that you never have to use them.
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