HudsonAlpha Software Development and Informatics Director Liz Worthey, PhD, spoke with engineering, computing and technology careers website IEEEUSA.org about the rewards and challenges of having a career in health informatics.

If you’re looking for a challenging field, you’ve found it. For one thing, the amount of data produced is huge. Take genomics research, for example.

“We currently produce about seven terabytes of genomic data a day,” says Dr. Liz Worthey, director of informatics and software development at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. That data flood produces hardware storage challenges, as well as additional challenges in figuring out how to display it on an electronic health record (EHR).

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