University of Findlay Prepares Students for Artificial Intelligence (AI)
University of Findlay’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) Program offers students the opportunity to use data not only to improve areas of healthcare, but also to advance artificial intelligence. In layman’s terms, health informatics takes all of the data provided by patients and doctors, and uses it to provide better service to patients, communities, and populations while enhancing AI and the datasets it creates.
“AI is everywhere, and healthcare is picking up on it because of the dwindling numbers of people going into healthcare fields,” said Jenny Evans, Ed.D, University of Findlay Master of Science in Health Informatics program director. “Health informatics utilizes AI and machine learning to help create datasets that allow clinicians to make better decisions in patient care.” Evans says AI allows clinicians to review the suggestions provided by AI and make better-educated decisions based through analytics. In turn, “health informatics is helping data mine and provide good quality data to base the clinicians’ decisions on,” she added.
University of Findlay graduate students in the Health Informatics Program are preparing to take on emerging healthcare roles and to be successful in a fast-growing field. Students have the option to study on-campus or online, working with a diverse group of faculty that are working with the industry to provide real-world experience in the classroom. “We do not have lecture courses built from a textbook. We have real-world experiences that are built into our projects throughout the program,” said Evans. She added, “AI will not replace our clinicians, but with the help of informaticists and good data, we should see a definite increase in positive outcomes.”
With artificial intelligence advancing as quickly as it is, Evans believes this science will be on the frontline of change. “Health informatics will continue to play a large role, processing data and ensuring the integrity of the data going into the AI process. The goal of informatics, the use of AI, and the implementation of all of this into clinician processes are all about improving patient outcomes while helping to reduce costs along the way.”
Information regarding the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program at the University of Findlay, can be found online.