January 23, 2018

Is Amazon the Next Big Player in Healthcare?

Is Amazon the Next Big Player in Healthcare?

A new partnership is on the horizon for Amazon and Cerner, one of the nation’s largest electronic health record (EHR) developers. Although Amazon already has partnerships with several health care companies, the collaboration with Cerner would mark Amazon Web Services’ entrance into the health data, EHR, and population health management markets.

According to CNBC, the first stage of the partnership will focus on HealtheIntent, Cerner’s population health platform, which enables hospitals to gather and analyze huge volumes of clinical data to improve patients' health outcomes and lower treatment costs. As Fierce Healthcare reported, the new partnership will “allow providers to leverage the platform’s analytics and AI capabilities to predict outcomes for specific populations.”

‘The next major change in health care’

“This will be the next major change in health care,” predicts University of Miami professor Dr. Steven Gerst, who teaches in the Masters of Science in Health Informatics program. “For the last 40 years I have been at the major forefront of every change in health care.” Prof. Gerst is just one of the online program’s top-notch faculty members, all of whom are experts in their fields.

Now more than ever, there is a need for health care professionals who can integrate and manage new technologies and data into their workflow, as only those trained in health informatics can. Health informatics is defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine as the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in health care services delivery, management, and planning. Health informatics jobs will increase 17% by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, predicts the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why hospitals are looking to health informatics professionals

Compared to other industries, health care has been slow to shift from traditional data centers to the cloud because of patient privacy and security concerns around protected health information. Increasingly, hospitals and healthcare organizations are looking to the unique expertise of health informatics professionals. UOnline’s rigorous curriculum includes courses in information security, data analytics, project management, public health informatics, health information exchange, and database design.

Says Prof. Gerst: “The nice thing about being in this field is that it is cutting edge. The materials that I teach are what we are also currently developing. We are able to teach the students about what is coming because we are the ones bringing it to market.”

UOnline's Masters of Science in Health Informatics program provides you with the skills needed to advance your career, increase your earning potential, develop professionally and grow your network. To find out more, call an enrollment advisor at 800.411.2290 or visit the site for more information.