Hello, I am currently a student who is aiming towards earning a Master's in Health Informatics. I would really love to work in a health-care related position, but I feel I would be more comfortable working less with patients and more with computers and electronic medical records. The position of "clinical systems analyst/clinical informatics data analyst" interests me a lot, as well as an "informaticist researcher" and "clinical informatics coordinator". I wish to pursue a position as a clinical systems analyst and possibly work my way up into research later on. I have been looking up open job offers in my area for a clinical systems analyst and related positions, but the educational requirements always seem to differ. I usually find that employers ask for either a Bachelor's degree in either Information Technology/Information Systems/Computer Science or typically Nursing, along with plenty of experience in health care positions.
I have read that a Bachelor's in Health Information Management has been able to combine to two, but there are no programs available around where I live and universities/colleges close by in my state. I was considering either getting a BS in Nursing, IT, Information Systems, Computer Science or Medical Technology. Since most job offers for clinical systems analyst request competency with computer systems AND health care, I have no idea how to mix the two.
I was wondering which educational background would be more appropriate for position as a clinical systems analyst and/or which backgrounds tended to produce more opportunities for more positions similar to these? Also, I was wondering if having a degree in one field, but find experience in the other as well (for example, getting a Nursing degree but working at an IT part-time job, or getting a degree in IT but also becoming a part-time Certified Nursing Assistant, CNA) would benefit at all with your job prospects? For now, I was considering getting a BS in IT or Computer Science because I am very interested in computers and I am somewhat introverted (as opposed to working with patients/people constantly, such as in Nursing) or Medical Technology, because I love science and the idea of working in a lab.