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HIIM Spotlight

The Learning Curve
From Illume: Unstoppable, the Fall 2018 Issue | By C.L. Stambush with contributing interviews from Angela St. Clair

The USI Health Informatics and Information Management program was fortunate to be connected with an article written by C.L. Stambush for this fall's edition of Illume magazine.  "The Learning Curve" is a story of four individuals coming together from different walks of life to work towards a common goal.

It features USI HIIM department chair Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson as well as international students Bhumika Gandhi and Ru Jia plus Indianapolis HI professionals Terilea Patton and Debra Silberberg.

Read an excerpt from the story below:

Wilson hand-picked an eclectic quartet of curious-minded, diversely-skilled young professionals eager to participate in the project based on their individual aptitudes. She knew their distinct outlooks would benefit the project and that friendship would be central to the team’s success. Three were from the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ MHA online course and one from its 4+1 program, which allows students to obtain a bachelor and master’s degree in five years while attending classes on campus.

Of the four, two were international students— Bhumika Gandhi ’18 from India and Ru Jia ’18 from China—while Terilea Patton ’18 lived in Evansville and Debra Silberberg ’18 resided in Indianapolis. They were single, married, married with children, fulltime working professionals and students with different perspectives and life experiences. The only common language they shared was a fluency in their desire to help others and their passion for the project—traits they’d rely on as they faced personal and project-related challenges and conflicts.

Read the article in its entirety on Illume's official webspace here, and pick up a copy of Illume's Fall 2018 edition when it is distributed on the campus of USI in October.  We encourage you to also share the story and use the hashtag #illumeUSI and #HIIMraceIT to stay connected to all things USI & Health Informatics.

USI HIIM Races to New IT Era
October 16, 2017 | By Gabriela Mustata Wilson and Tanner Watkins

Welcome all to the world of Health Informatics and Information Technology (HIIM), where we “Race-IT” into a new era of health care!  What does this mean, you ask?  Race-IT (race information technology) is our rallying cry for the new HIIM program here at the University of Southern Indiana.  It is an analogy showing that similar to a race car, health informatics needs the contribution of many parts to make the healthcare system as a whole perform effectively and efficiently.  As a brand new program, we are incredibly excited to meet students interested in learning more and becoming part of the HIIM Program and the “Race-IT” movement on campus and our community!

So what exactly can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (BSHIIM) degree?  Well, anything you desire!  By studying health informatics and information management, you will acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. Because of this unique blend, when you graduate, you  will be able to choose from a variety of work settings across an array of health care environments.

The Bachelor of Science in Informatics and Information Management program consists of 120 credit hours of coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM). The program includes 40 credit hours from University core courses, 18 credit hours of required pre-admission courses, 48 credit hours of required HIIM courses, one general elective at any level (3 credit hours) and six credit hours selected from elective course offerings at 300-400 level.

We have some fascinating courses in the program, including HI 301 Health Informatics, which is the foundation of your Health Informatics and Information Management studies. Think of HI 301 as the engine of your HIIM race car – you need it to move forward in your race to a degree, and you will always put it to good use!  Also, there are seven other Health Informatics and Information Management courses such as Social Media Monitoring in Health Care, Health Information Exchange, and Interoperability, Health Care Data Management and Analytics, Coding, and more!  You will also take HP 475, Professionalism in Healthcare and acquire valuable skills in the workforce through the completion of two internships for a total of 300 hours. These internships will take place in a variety of healthcare organizations dedicated to the advancement of our healthcare system through Information Technology and Information Management.

All these HIIM courses will give you the understanding and the need to perform in a professional, ethical, legal and competent manner upon entering the workforce. While many components make Health Informatics successful, it ultimately falls on YOU to be professional, ethical and exceptional in your daily work. You got it! The driver and his/her attitude are the most important pieces to winning the race! With intense training, passion, and perseverance a degree in Health Informatics and Information Management will go a long way to making Heath Informatics and Information Management FUN and MEANINGFUL!

Enjoy the ride and keep Race-IT!      

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