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New healthcare degree coming to UNG in Cumming
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Students at the University of North Georgia Cumming campus will soon have the ability to enroll in a cutting edge new degree program that bridges the gap between technology and healthcare.

According to a news release from the University of North Georgia, coming as soon as spring 2019, the healthcare services and informatics administration degree will be offered to students in a mixture of traditional and online classes.

The release states that the new program will be headed by UNG associate professor Pamela Charney and will focus on three central subjects including electronic health records essentials, usability and healthcare data analytics.

"Right now both sides speak entirely different languages, and that's why we have so many problems with health care information," Charney said in the release.

In the release, Charney said that the program will also teach students how to protect patient’s medical information against fraud in a time where such a crime is increasingly possible.

The new degree will also meet a “major workforce need” for workers as indicated by national Department of Labor database, O*Net, according to the release. 

"The students will see the program’s doctors, nurses and other health professionals are using and work with IT professionals to address roadblocks the medical providers are experiencing when it comes to medical records," Teresa Conner-Kerr, dean of the UNG College of Health Sciences and Professions said in the release.

This new degree program will absorb the current UNG certificate programs for health informatics and healthcare administration and will allow students pursuing a certificate to further their education, the release said.

For more information visit UNG online at www.ung.edu.