Student Spotlight: Michele Marshall, Health Informatics Program

Michele Marshall, MSIN Student Michele Marshall is a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSIN) student originally from Casco, Maine. With a strong interest in healthcare and science, Michele spent twenty years working as a medical technologist. Michele currently balances working full-time as a microbiology software analyst for a medical technology company with family life and her studies. Hear more from Michele in our webinar Deciding to pursue Health Informatics Michele’s passion for technology and science led her to earn her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. After she earned her undergraduate degree she worked as a medical technologist in various clinical laboratories for over twenty years. Working in labs, part of her job involved utilizing databases – which… Read more >>
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Announcing – NEW – Health Informatics Focus Areas

Health Informatics focus areas In celebration of National Health IT week, we are pleased to announce the creation of three NEW focus areas for our Master of Science in Health Informatics degree. You are now able to select one of the following areas as a specialization: Healthcare Leadership Health Data Analytics Training and Development These three focus areas complement our existing Master of Science in Health Informatics degree, making the degree even more of a positive return on investment. Students can opt to pursue one of the three focus areas or complete their degree as a Generalist. More about each focus area: 1. Healthcare Leadership Focus Area The Healthcare Leadership focus area prepares the Masters of Health Informatics students with the knowledge and skills… Read more >>
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Health IT Education and Career Growth

Health IT Education and Career Growth As the field of health informatics grows, there is a tremendous need for educated professionals to fill crucial roles. One of the greatest challenges in health informatics today comes from ensuring that new health informatics professionals are equipped with the skills and knowledge to make sure that healthcare technologies are implemented effectively and in a way that improves efficiency, affordability and patient outcomes. The great need for health informatics education Formal education in health informatics serves to fill critical gaps in the workforce through technical training, healthcare knowledge, and management training. UNE Online’s graduate programs in health informatics prepare future leaders who are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to make a positive impact. We make sure our students… Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Emily Hill

Emily Hill, Student Support Specialist Emily Hill is a Portland transplant who hails from the great Midwest state of Ohio. She is a Buckeye through and through, but she’s slowly becoming a Red Sox nation convert. Emily is a rockstar Student Support Specialist, and her passion for problem-solving ensures that each one of her students is guaranteed a pathway to success. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I am a Support Specialist for our students in the Graduate Programs in Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Alexandra Legere

Alexandra Legere, Enrollment Counselor Alexandra Legere is an enrollment counselor. She also stars in UNE Online’s Facebook Live videos answering your questions about UNE, the application process, and graduate school. As an enrollment counselor, Allie enjoys hearing the passion in potential student’s voices and working with them as they take charge of their futures by applying to graduate school. At UNE Online, students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I am an Enrollment Counselor for the Public Health, Applied Nutrition and Health Informatics… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight: Vandna Bhambri, Health Informatics Program

Vadna Bhambri, MSIN Student Vandna Bhambri is a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSIN) student from Boston, Massachusetts. With a desire to help people within the healthcare field and a passion for technology, health informatics was a natural career choice. “I knew that there was a demand for Health Informatics and a limitless world of possibilities for what I could do with an advanced degree.” After growing up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Vandna earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She’s currently working in a role that ties into the health informatics field. Her job is focused on training hospital staff, super users and end users on how to use Epic software at a top medical… Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Jeff Nelsen

Jeff Nelsen, Enrollment Counselor UNE Online As an Enrollment Counselor, Jeff enjoys hearing prospective students’ stories and guiding them through the major life change of going back to graduate school. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? As an enrollment counselor for the health informatics and applied nutrition graduate programs, I’m the first point of contact for potential students. I educate them on the programs UNE offers, answer any questions they have and work with them through their entire application process. Where… Read more >>
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8 Health Informatics Trends for 2017

Health Informatics Trends We met up with Imran Khan,  MBA, MS, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, a faculty member for the Graduate Programs in Health Informatics, at the 2017 HIMSS conference.  Imran is a recognized leader in the Health Informatics industry, and HIMSS is the largest expo and learning conference for Health Informatics Professionals in the country. For some background on Imran Khan and his position here at UNE Online, please see his Faculty Spotlight, published right here on the Vision Blog.  We were thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with him about some of the major themes and upcoming trends in the Health Informatics industry right now. We covered a lot of ground in our discussion, including: Artificial Intelligence and IBM’s Supercomputer,… Read more >>
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Faculty Spotlight: Duane A. Bedell – Health Informatics Program

Duane A. Bedell, Health Informatics Instructor Duane Bedell is an instructor at UNE Online in the Health Informatics program. He’s passionate about the field of education and works diligently to set his students up for success in the field of health informatics. Duane earned his MA in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan-Flint, his BS in Information Technology and Security from Baker College of Flint, and is currently in the process of earning his Ed.S. and Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Michigan-Flint. Duane’s areas of expertise include Computer Science, Educational Technology, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, Content Management Systems, Data Networking, Servers, and Software Assurance – all of which make him a great fit for the Health Informatics program at UNE. The… Read more >>
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Health Informatics in Practice: White Paper on Leveraging Social Determinants

Master of Science in Health Informatics White Paper Free Download Health is affected by a complex web of factors Health is often attributed to genetics, and to some extent, lifestyle. We’re told that if we eat a balanced diet, exercise with some regularity, and check in with our medical providers, we’re likely to maintain good health. Increasingly, however, it is becoming clear that our health is affected by a complex web of factors ranging from the availability of transportation to our family structure. These factors are called Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and according to the World Health Organization include the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. Using Social Determinants of Health Social Determinants of Health are fundamentally used as indicators of larger trends. By… Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Holland Wegner

Holland Wegner, Enrollment Counselor At UNE Online, students are our top priority and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people on our team who are dedicated to making that happen every day. Holland Wegner is an Enrollment Counselor for our advanced degree programs in Health Informatics and Applied Nutrition. Holland enjoys building relationships with prospective students and likes knowing that the conversations he has with them might spark a significant and positive life change. When Holland isn’t on campus at the UNE Online office, he can be found spending time outdoors, experimenting with photography, or exploring Portland’s many cultural offerings. What do you do… Read more >>
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#HITedu Chat: Engaging Patients in Mobile Health Design

Twitter Chat with Elizabeth Zampino Mobile health applications, part of the larger e-health movement, are programs uploaded onto mobile devices like smartphones or tablets. Providers use mobile health apps for things like clinical decision support, to reference or research information, and monitor, follow up and communicate with patients. Patients use a variety of mobile health apps including those prescribed by their providers and those that help them manage their health independently. It’s a growing segment of the health IT market. Mobile health applications captured $1.3 billion in global venture capital funding this past year, much of that spent in the US. Regardless of all the hype and investment, patient engagement and effective use have been slower than many expected. Many of those involved in the… Read more >>
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Faculty Spotlight: Imran Khan, MBA, MS, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS – Health Inform

We caught up with Health Informatics faculty member Imran Khan recently, to discuss his perspective on how he fosters a sense of community with his online students, and also to get his take on upcoming trends in the field of Health Informatics. Imran Khan earned his MBA from the University of Illinois, then went on to earn his MS in Medical Informatics at Northwestern University. He also has a BS in Computer Engineering and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. In addition, Imran holds a CPHIMS (Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems) certification. This is a professional certification program for experienced healthcare information and management systems professionals. He has also earned his Fellow Healthcare Information Management System… Read more >>
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Health Informatics Jobs in Maine: a White Paper

Maine Health Informatics Landscape The healthcare industry is a prominent and expanding employment field in Maine. Of the top ten largest private employers in the State of Maine, four are health systems. Maine’s largest city, Portland, follows this broader state employment trend. Portland is home to the largest hospital in the state, Maine Medical Center, and is also the location of a diverse set of health analytics, technology, consulting, and insurance companies. Portland, following a larger trend As of 2016, Maine is home to five different Medicare-shared savings program accountable care communities: Community Care Partnerships of Maine Beacon Rural Health Maine Community Accountable Care Organization Central Maine ACO MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization All of these formal organizations, in addition to a multitude of value-based… Read more >>
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#HITedu: Twitter Chat Topics & Thoughts with Host Amy Landry

MSIN Twitter Chat If you build it, they will come? Not so much in health IT. Many health IT implementations have not succeeded because of one simple flaw: the software was either created, installed, or rolled out (often all three) with little clinical workflow in mind. As educators, how do we ensure that students and those new to the health IT field are prepared to bridge the gap between the technical and clinical sides of the health informatics spectrum? We discussed this topic during our #HITedu chat on February 14th, 2017. Meet our Twitter Chat host – Amy Landry, MS-HPM Our host was Amy Landry (no relation to former Program Director Megan Landry), known on Twitter as @amyinmaine. Amy is the owner… Read more >>
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Health Informatics #HITedu Twitter Chat

Health Informatics Twitter Chat #HITedu UNE Online launched a #HITedu Twitter Chat to connect students, educators, employers, employees, policy makers, patients, and others with a vested interest in health informatics education, training and jobs. We held our chat on January 10, 2017 at 12pm EST using the hashtag #HITedu on Twitter. Big data, machine learning, predictive analytics, quality measurement, MACRA, population health, telemedicine – these are just a handful of the terms used in health informatics related course and job descriptions. The field of Health Informatics is moving so fast, that keeping pace with the demand for skilled workers requires constant communication between the education and employment sectors. And what’s more real-time than Twitter? Twitter Chat topics: Q: Many employers say there are more health… Read more >>
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Health Informatics Twitter Chat recap - catch up on what you missed!

Health Informatics Twitter Chat Recap If you wanted to join our Health Informatics Twitter Chat on November 29th, 2016 but couldn’t, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of the top questions received during the chat along with our answers. The chat served as an informal Q&A for prospective students to ask questions about the program, curriculum and the admissions process prior to the December 5th spring term admission deadline. We fielded questions from numerous curious tweeters on the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and the Master of Science in Health Informatics. A selection of the questions can be seen below. Q. Do I need letters of recommendation? Do I need to take the GRE to apply? A. No, the GRE is not needed.… Read more >>
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Looking at the Intersection of Healthcare and Technology

Collecting and Analyzing Healthcare Data How has technology helped us in our society? What about technology in healthcare? Technology, although it sometimes seems to have a negative connotation, is something we all live with and use each and every day. On one side, technology has saved millions upon millions of people through advances with technology in healthcare and research, indicating new ways to manage infectious/chronic disease and certain cancers and diabetes, something I will get to in a moment. On the other hand, advances in cellular phones, handheld devices, laptops, and other electronic devices are contributing to the fact that children around the world spend a staggering amount of time spent looking at their screens. Children are increasingly overweight and obese due to their lack… Read more >>
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Innovative and Inspiring: Health Informatics

Maine Startup and Create Week Megan Landry, BSN, MHA, and former Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Health Informatics, was a speaker on a healthcare panel during Maine Startup and Create Week on June 23, at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. The panel focused on an important aspect of health informatics in today’s healthcare environment: how the health informatics industry is embracing Big Data to transform the landscape of the healthcare industry into a predictive and analytical machine. Maine Startup and Create Week This year’s Maine Startup and Create Week theme was Design & Innovation, and how it is imperative for both design and innovation to be present in order to fuel high-impact entrepreneurship. For the third year in a row, Maine… Read more >>
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Health Informatics Informational Webinar

Health Informatics Webinar Are you interested in Health Informatics, but not quite sure what it is? View the Webinar! ‘What to Expect from a Degree or Certificate in Health Informatics’ UNE Online is now offering two online health informatics programs designed to prepare the next generation of clinical, IT, and data experts: Master of Science in Health Informatics and Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics. These innovative programs are specifically designed to quickly build the capacity of public health, clinical, analyst and IT professionals to engage in the design, implementation and utilization of clinical or public health data systems. Informatics is experiencing a strong trend of growth – position yourself for success! View the recorded webinar to learn about emerging health trends, the range… Read more >>
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UNE Online exhibits at Health Informatics conference

HIMSS 2016 Exhibit and Conference Health Informatics is a field experiencing explosive growth, and UNE Online is right there on the leading edge of this innovative field. As an exhibitor at the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition this year, we’ll have a booth in University Row. As a perk of the program, we have provided for free admission for UNE Online Health Informatics students – so we hope to see many of you! With more than 40,000 health IT professionals in attendance each year, this is the biggest and most comprehensive conference in the health informatics realm. The fields represented and attendees at the show are widespread, and include 1,300+ leading health IT vendors, making it an exceptionally valuable experience. About the Conference The… Read more >>
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