My personal goals the degree will help me achieve are fulfilling my desire of becoming a lead expert in the field of health informatics and also becoming an informatics leader in the healthcare sector in future (Lorenzi et al., 2013). On the other hand, this degree will help me to achieve my professional goals of taking part in the transformation process of the healthcare system. It will provide me a perfect opportunity to better understand how electronic health records keeping are done (Coiera, 2015). Furthermore this master’s degree in health informatics will in the long term equip me with the knowledge and skills to better utilize the available patient’s data that are stored electronically through analysis so that I can determine the trends of common diseases that affect many people. Having such information will help me in developing prevention as well as proper treatment strategies for such diseases. Moreover, the degree will enable me to carry out a research on how mobile technology can be used for purposes of delivering health care services to patient without necessarily having to go to hospital to see a doctor (Free et al., 2013).
In line with the Walden’s University vision and mission which seeks to provide a varied society where professionals pursuing different careers are given an opportunity as scholar-practitioners to continue studying and acquire relevant skills and knowledge that will enable them to transform the society positively, studying this degree will help me transform the society in a number of ways (Walden University, 2015). One is that it will help me to create a society free from diseases that can be prevented. This is because I will use my knowledge and skills in information technology to disseminate all the relevant information needed to manage such diseases. Secondly, I will encourage all the people in my society to embrace the use of electronic health records so that carrying out surveillance by public health officers becomes more easy hence enhancing their well being because outbreak of diseases can easily be monitored and controlled if all the relevant information is available (Savel et al., 2012).
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