The Healthcare Business Informatics (HBI) track of the IT degree program is intended for computer system professionals who expect to work for healthcare providers, from large-scale hospital systems to small practice offices.
A concentration in healthcare terminology and medico-legal issues is combined with specific courses in healthcare networking and database design. Any healthcare provider who uses computers to store and manage patient information needs an IT professional who understands the confidentiality and business process concerns of the industry. This degree program is intended to produce those IT professionals.
Potential employers for graduates of this program include IT departments in hospitals such as Rex, Wake Med, or Duke; health insurance providers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield; and other healthcare industry partners.