"I got introduced to health informatics when I was looking for a course in information technology after completing high school. I had an innate desire of working in a hospital but my love for technology motivated me to study IT in college. Unaware of healthcare IT, I visited Centennial College's campus to check out the courses and of course, to do some firsthand research before making the final move. There I met the program coordinator of healthcare technology systems, who introduced me to this amazing course. I was happy knowing that I could study technology while preparing for a career in a healthcare company. This was something I had to opt for." Steve said on asking how he got to know about Centennial's health informatics technology program.
Steve is currently managing the health informatics system in a reputable hospital in Toronto. On asking if he could discuss his academic path to becoming a healthcare information professional, he said, "Being aware of the latest developments in education and industry played a critical role. I would have not been where I'm today, had I not got introduced to this particular program. I'm really thankful to Centennial's professor who guided me when I was struggling to find the right course."
What did he learn during his stay at Centennial? To this, Steve said, "It was an absolutely amazing journey. It's a rigorous and comprehensive program, which combines IT and clinical understanding. I got to learn about tools, algorithms and methods for healthcare information system alongside software engineering methodologies. This course is a blend of so many things, such as programming, network technologies, business communications, clinical workflow, medical imaging, and the Canadian workplace experience on top of all."
On asking about teaching methodology, Steve said that the program provided classroom and project-based learning. However, the major understanding of putting theory into practice came from co-op component just before graduating. He got an internship at the same hospital where he is currently working. Steve said that he got an opportunity to apply software engineering techniques to healthcare info systems and gained much required hands-on industry experience. At the end of co-op placement, he was offered a job of a system implementation specialist, which he gladly accepted.
"I didn't have to undergo any additional technical training or certifications to be employable. I'm glad that I chose Centennial's School of Engineering, Technology and Applied Science. This is because the program is fully accredited to CTAB, which gave me an edge over other interns. This is a comprehensive program and beautifully blends all aspects of healthcare business, clinical workflow and information technology." Steve added.
"On any given day, there is some sort of formal or informal meeting. And most of the times, discussion is around how to better utilize healthcare IT system. Apart from this, daily activities include mapping progress, timelines, deliverables and resolving problems and obstacles." Steve replied when asked how his typical day at work like is.
It's an upcoming field, with lots of employment opportunities. Like Steve, you may also consider a career in this field.