USI health informatics initiatives showcased in upcoming events

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The University of Southern Indiana’s initiatives to help advance health through the best use of information technology (IT) will be showcased at three upcoming events this fall.

“Targeting the Quadruple Aim: Experience, Quality, Satisfaction and Cost Reduction” is the theme of the fourth annual Health Informatics Tri-State Summit (HITS), planned for Thursday, October 12 in the University Center at the University of Southern Indiana.

Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, associate professor of Health Informatics and chair of USI’s new Health Informatics and Information Management program, said the day-long HITS conference was moved from January to October to accommodate the growing number of health professionals and students interested in the event.

This year’s conference keynote presenters include:

  • Matt Jones, a cancer survivor who is passionate about enhancing the patient experience in health care. He holds a BA in communication, MLS in liberal studies with an emphasis in organizational leadership, and is pursuing his doctorate in organizational leadership.
  • Ross Martin, medical doctor and program director for Research and Transformation at CRISP, the regional health information exchange serving Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia and the surrounding region. As an accomplished vocalist, musician and writer, Dr. Martin also is president and founder of The American College of Medical Informatimusicology.

Mustata Wilson said as in previous years, HITS will focus on patient-centered care, cutting edge health information and the innovative solutions needed to take healthcare delivery to the next level. HITS will be relevant to 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.

For more details, visit USI.edu/health/continuing-education/fall-programs/.

For the fourth year in a row, USI students will be conducting health assessments using fully digitized technology during the annual USI Wellness Fair for students and employees, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, in Carter Hall. Mustata Wilson said the students will have the opportunity to conduct and collect information first hand and understand how the collected information relates to their coursework and real life work situations.

Participation in the Wellness Fair will kick-off the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ participation in National Health IT Week, which will be observed October 2-6, 2017. This is a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT. Each year, NHIT Week partners educate industry and policy stakeholders on the value of health IT for the U.S. health care system.

More information about the Health Informatics and Information Management program can be found at USI.edu/health/health-informatics-and-information-management/.

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