Edwardsville, IL (PRWEB) October 23, 2012
The MidAmerica Business Deans Association presented Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Professor Mary Sumner, Ph.D., with a runner-up award for Innovation in Business Education. At its October meeting in Chicago, the MABDA recognized Master in Health Informatics: An Interdisciplinary Program for Healthcare Professionals, which is a collaborative project with BJC Healthcare.
The MABDA sponsors an annual competition to highlight innovative practices in business education. The program seeks to encourage innovations in the pursuit of excellence in business education by recognizing creative, unique strategies or programs that advance the quality of education and the management of resources in business schools with MABDA. The award being a $750 cash prize to Sumner and a matching amount to the SIUE School of Business.
“The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has called for a national healthcare information infrastructure, including electronic health records, by 2014,” said Gary Giamartino, dean of the SIUE School of Business. “Our collaboration with the BJC certificate/master’s program is an example of how our School helps organizations meet market needs with specialized educational programs.”
Sumner is currently a professor in the computer management and information systems (CMIS) department. She was formerly the associate dean of Executive Education for the School of Business when the collaboration began.
There are four components of the program that contribute to its uniqueness: it is competency-based; its interdisciplinary approach; the capstone experience which takes advantage of participants’ knowledge of the healthcare industry; and the assessment of learning outcomes.
As the use of technology in healthcare dramatically increases, the need for healthcare informatics professionals is essential. A properly trained healthcare clinician can be instrumental in improving patient outcomes.
BJC employees completing the program will be able to enhance patient care by:
- Managing information safely, securely and legally
- Translating scientific discovery into practice
- Improving collaboration between clinical practice and information technology
- Assessing selecting, implementing, evaluating and maintaining information systems
- Leading health informatics projects
- Using technology to improve patient care, health care outcomes and cost-effectiveness
- Educating members of the healthcare team in the use of technology
- Interpreting and reporting the results of data analyses to support evidence-based healthcare
In spring 2010, the BJC Healthcare System asked the SIUE School of Business to develop a certificate program in health and clinical informatics to meet the professional development needs of its clinicians and healthcare professionals. Given SIUE’s commitment to outreach and professional education, a team consisting of School of Business faculty and BJC Healthcare professionals worked to develop a 15-week certificate program. The first certificate program was launched in spring 2009.
A total of 83 BJC Healthcare professionals have completed the certificate program. Planning has been completed for a 2013 program. The 15-week certificate program used current CMIS faculty as the teaching team, along with several BJC Healthcare professionals. BJC initiated discussions to develop a Master’s Program in Health Informatics in fall 2010 as a result of their satisfaction with the program and their desire to offer more in-depth informatics education.
CMIS faculty in the SIUE School of Business led the development of the master’s program in health informatics with a team representing the computer science program in the SIUE School of Engineering and the SIUE School of Nursing. The original team worked with an advisory board of BJC Healthcare professionals to further define the competencies for the graduate program.
The collaborative nature of the project was further enhanced with the addition of competencies in statistics, organizational design and instructional design. As a result, additional SIUE faculty representing the School of Education’s psychology and instructional technology departments joined in along with faculty in the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis in SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences.
The SIUE School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists SIUE as one of the top 296 business schools in the U.S. and abroad for the seventh consecutive year. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in accounting, computer management and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. More than 23,000 alumni have earned degrees from the SIUE School of Business. For more information about the School of Business, visit: http://www.siue.edu/business/index.shtml.