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New College of Business B.B.A. Degree Opens Door to Health-Care Industry Opportunities

In response to an urgent need for information-technology specialists in the health-care industry, the College of Business is offering a new fouryear academic program leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration in health-care information systems management.

It is the only Idaho program offered by a business school that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). It is offered in cooperation with the Department of Health Care Administration in the Kasiska College of Health Professions at ISU.

Graduates will have earned a minor in computer-information systems in addition to the health-care information-systems management major. The degree will enable graduates to enter careers in information-systems support in health-care organizations—hospitals, health clinics, physician offices and other health-related organizations nationwide.

The program will combine courses in health-care administration, general business and computer information systems.

Information systems are playing an increasingly important role in the burgeoning health-care field.

An April 2008 study by the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) pointed out that a 40 percent hike in the national information technology workforce will be needed to move American health care to a paperless system. That translates to 40,000 additional health IT professionals, nearly 40 percent more than American hospitals are now estimated to employ.

"Graduates can immediately assume general and information-systems management roles at health-care facilities of all sizes," said College of Business Dean Kenneth A. Smith, Ph.D., C.P.A., "and provide immediate leadership in electronic medicalrecord keeping and paperless prescribing."

Contact the College of Business at (208) 282-3448, or send an e-mail to