Drexel University Online and Leading Healthcare Association Collaborate for Higher Education Initiative

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Drexel University Online, a premiere provider of Internet-based higher education, is collaborating with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the country’s largest, cause-based not-for-profit healthcare association focused on improving healthcare delivery, to offer members and their families professional development opportunities through tuition reduction on Drexel’s health informatics programs.

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“This collaboration demonstrates Drexel’s commitment to educating tomorrow’s health informatics leaders during a time of great change and opportunity in the field,” said Dr. Prudence Dalrymple.

Drexel University Online, a premiere provider of Internet-based higher education, is collaborating with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the country’s largest, cause-based not-for-profit healthcare association focused on improving healthcare delivery, to offer members and their families professional development opportunities through tuition reduction on Drexel’s health informatics programs.

“This collaboration demonstrates Drexel’s commitment to educating tomorrow’s health informatics leaders during a time of great change and opportunity in the field,” said Dr. Prudence Dalrymple, director of Drexel University’s Institute for Healthcare Informatics. “HIMSS is the leading and most accessible organization in the industry, which goes to show that Drexel has an excellent health information science program.”

Under the provisions of the agreement, HIMSS members and their families will be eligible for a 10 to 25 percent tuition reduction, payment deferral and additional benefits through the new educational endeavor with Drexel University Online. The online master’s degree in Health Informatics is offered through The iSchool at Drexel, also referred to as the College of Information Science and Technology.

The benefits begin immediately for HIMSS members and should further serve to promote the HIMSS mission of “transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems.” Not only will the collaboration generate increased interest in Drexel’s programs within the health informatics community, it will also create additional incentives for current Drexel students to participate in HIMSS events, conferences, and beneficial networking and professional development programs.

“There are tremendous workforce needs, and Drexel’s program is addressing them,” said Dalrymple. “This alliance will certainly expand our influence within the field, and that’s something we’re very excited about.”

Drexel University Online offers tuition discounts to employees and members of more than 250 diverse partner organizations. Other benefits include special programming to help companies maintain employee retention and a highly‐educated workforce, while additionally helping individuals remain at the top of their professions.

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About Drexel University Online:
Drexel University Online, a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Drexel University, specializes in innovative, Internet-based education programs for working professionals, organizations, and corporations in the United States and abroad. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the “Best Online Graduate Programs” in the fields of Business Administration, Engineering, Nursing, and Library Science, Drexel’s online programs are among the elite in the nation. Drexel University has been an innovator in the e-Learning industry, offering degrees online since 1996, and enjoys regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools. For more information on Drexel University Online, please visit http://www.drexel.com.

About The iSchool at Drexel:
The iSchool at Drexel is creating tomorrow's knowledge society. Students, faculty, and staff collaborate to unite technology, people, and information to make a fundamental difference in this knowledge society – a society in which citizens collaboratively and freely create and share knowledge and utilize information and technology to promote growth, prosperity, and well-being. Through coursework and real-world experience, research and teaching, the iSchool educates citizens and leaders who will be the foundation of this knowledge society.

About the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS):
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at http://www.himss.org.

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