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Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson featured in "HIMSS Women
in Health IT" special
profile, popular "DHC Podcast"

January 3, 2019

By: Tanner Watkins, with excerpt from HIMSS

To welcome students back from break, we have exciting news in the program!  Our fearless leader and department chair, Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, was recently featured in a special series created by HIMSS - the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.  Dr. Mustata Wilson was interviewed as part of the HIMSS Women in Health IT series and provided insight on how to stay motivated, challenges faced in the industry, and even her favorite song - among other great tidbits!

Check out this excerpt of one of the questions asked to Dr. Mustata Wilson as a teaser:

What stepping stones have led to where you are and what advice do you have for others looking to follow a similar path?

"I have always treated my career as a series of stepping-stones and believed that with every single project I complete, contact I make or every role I take, it is an opportunity to enhance my skills and experience. My advice to others is to take on roles to develop skills, be open and seize career-making opportunities as they occur rather than sticking rigidly to a mapped-out career. I would also recommend finding mentors to guide you at each stage of your career."

You can find the full feature by visiting this link, and the full series of Women in Health IT by visiting this link.

But that is not all!  Dr. Mustata Wilson also joined Bryan Messersmith of the Digital Healthcare Podcast for an inspiring and uplifting interview about advice that she frequently gives students.  At the moment of this writing, the podcast already has over 1,000 views and serves as a great tool for students to listen to as they juggle school and profession.

The podcast is available on a variety of platforms, including iTunes, Soundcloud, YouTube and LinkedIn!

Check out Bryan's LinkedIn post below where the video of the interview can be found.


5th Annual Health Informatics Tri-State Summit
October 25, 2018, USI University Center

By: Tanner Watkins with contributions from Muhanad Almoneef, Lena Katczynski, McCoy Kemmerlin and Savannah Patterson

For the fifth time, the University of Southern Indiana hosted health informaticists, students and other industry professionals for the Health Informatics Tri-State Summit on October 25.  The theme this year was Digital Health: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. 

By utilizing collaborative discussion and engaging presentations, guests speaking at the conference touched on the latest trends and topics in the healthcare information technology industry. This year's event set a high water mark for attendance as a record amount of individuals descended upon Evansville for the annual event. The program was very well-attended by physicians, nurses, pharmacists, informaticists, health information technologists, medical practice managers, healthcare managers, health professionals, students and others whose scope of practice is related to health informatics.

Joining those in attendance at the day-long conference was Dr. Josh Luke, the event's keynote speaker. Luke delivered an exciting, engaging and informative keynote presentation to kick-start the morning. Regarded as a "futurist" on value-based care and how it will shape the continuum of care, Luke discussed his forward-thinking outlook and strategy on teaching ACOs, BPCIs, acute hospital care and post-acute leaders in the industry while demonstrating how to position one's self for revenue growth in a post-ACA model.

At the conclusion of his two speaking periods, Luke signed his book Health Wealth for guests in attendance. The book was provided to conference-goers as a complimentary gift, helping to educate readers about the healthcare affordability crisis in America. 

While multiple supporting sessions filled the middle portion of the day, Dr. Joyce Lee served as the closing speaker in USI's Carter Hall.  Lee, a physician, researcher and designer, described methods of design thinking including participatory design with patients and caregivers. She is a Robert P. Kelch, MD research professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan medical school.  Lee demonstrated examples and experiences of how her work focuses on the development of learning health systems using the methods of clinical informatics, quality improvement and patient-centered participatory design.

The highlight of the day, though, was participation by the students on hand.  Four students representing the USI Health Informatics and Information Management program took the time to provide their testimony of the day and what they learned by attending the Health Informatics Tri-State Summit in 2018.  We thank Muhanad Almoneef, Lena Katczynski, McCoy “Mick” Kemmerlin and Savannah Patterson for their write-ups, which have excerpts listed below.  Check them out!

This was my first time attending HITS summit as Health Informatics student. This conference tackled different types of topics and was focused on cutting-edge health information and innovative solutions needed to increase the healthcare quality to the next step. At this conference, my group and I presented the meaning of the telemedicine and we gave an idea of how the future of the health care delivery system will be controlling and managing time and distance between different clinics and areas. After that, I went to the cybersecurity lecture, and I learned how to keep my information safe and what should you do to keep your computer and devices protected from hacking. – MA

This was my first experience attending the Health Informatics Tristate Summit. I found the event to be very informative and entertaining overall. I enjoyed the opening keynote speaker, Dr. Josh Luke, the most out of all the speakers at the event. I believe he was the most charismatic and enthusiastic about his topic which made it more engaging to me, as an audience member. He taught me a lot about capitalism’s hold on health care and how even though there has been a lot of negative press on the Affordable Care Act, its utility is obvious, and the framework of the ACA is not going anywhere any time soon. My aha! moment was during Dr. Luke’s initial presentation regarding how ER physician’s role is to admit patients to the hospital and once admitted, it is the hospitalist’s role to discharge the patient. Even though I work in a hospital, this opened my eyes to the broken system that is health care. I look forward to the opportunity to attend this event in the future. - MK

I really liked the two lectures by Joyce M. Lee, because she clearly conveyed her message through her real examples in both lectures. It's hard to imagine that there are so many shocking examples of social media dealing with healthcare professionals. You are what you post. Many are not even aware of what they can do with such a seemingly harmless post and what this can possibly have serious consequences for them. Although it is difficult to separate privately and professionally in social media, we still have to make an effort and train our staff. Lee's examples have shown that there is definitely still a lot of catching up to do in conscious handling. The Internet will never forget, what you posted, and pieces of you are already all over the Internet – even if you don’t use these social media platforms! (@LKatczynski - LK)

During the conference, I was very excited about the different speakers and the different topics that were being presented. My favorite speakers were first the author of the book that was the keynote, and the doctor at the end that concluded the conference. I loved how the author talked about healthcare in a more honest matter. Healthcare is an expense on society and no one has done much to change that fact and it is only getting worse. I also loved that he provided signatures afterward and we were given a copy of his book… The concluding speaker (Dr. Joyce Lee) was very exciting to listen to and kept me wanting to learn more. I loved when she discussed making medical devices make more sense to use rather than having the pen’s needle come out on the same side as the button. It just makes sense to make devices easy to use so when it is time to use them, so they are not used incorrectly in a time of crisis. - SP

In addition to the day's events, WEVV-CBS was on-location to provide coverage of HITS 2018.  Watch the video below to hear from the Chair of the HIIM program and HITS18 keynote speaker, Josh Luke, and watch students displaying the technology of the future.

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