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Rochester Business Journal
January 13, 2011

Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester are partnering on a program to meet the need for widespread application of information technology in the health care industry.

The two institutions have leveraged their strengths in technology and health care to create a joint master’s degree in medical informatics, officials said.

The emerging field of medical informatics studies the use of information technology in the practice of medicine and in medical education, research and across other health care disciplines. Health care reform and the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 have created an unprecedented need for medical informatics professionals to improve the quality and safety of health care while controlling costs, program officials said.

“The new joint degree program between UR and RIT represents the best kind of collaboration,” said Ralph Kuncl, provost and executive vice president of University of Rochester. “It is a meeting of the minds between two programs with complementary missions in an area which itself represents a blend of information science, computer science and health care. We are confident that the various strengths of our two institutions will help create an enhanced learning experience for students in the program.”

The program will begin enrolling students in fall 2011. Students can matriculate at either RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences or the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and will take courses at both campuses. Students will graduate from the institution at which they matriculated, but will receive a common diploma bearing the seals of RIT and the University of Rochester.

More information on the program will appear in the Jan. 14 print edition of the Rochester Business Journal.

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