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Health Information Technology graduate certificate aims to improve health care

Kaline Mulvihill
June 19, 2014

According to HealthIT.gov, there are electronic record technology (EHR) incentive programs to help eligible hospitals upgrade and implement electronic health records.

There is a need for employees who understand both heath and changing media.

SUNY Oswego’s Health Information Technology (HIT) Graduate Certificate is providing students with the education and skills needed for data and information management for health care, health services and health prevention.

Isabelle Bichindaritz, assistant professor and program coordinator for health information technology and integrated health services, states that the HIT certificate is using technology to improve health care services.

“There is a need for data analytics to make sense of them and to make predictions for the future and it is useful for preventive care,” Bichindaritz said. “There is a very important need for this kind of qualification.

The HIT Graduate Certificate is 15 credits, with courses offered, online, on campus and at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.

“My interest in health information science was based on the high demand for health care and health technology professionals,” Chase said. “I chose to return to Oswego because of the strong foundation I received here during my undergraduate studies.”
Jason Chase, '14
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“For students who are professionals already in the field, it allows them to learn specialized skills to advance in their career,” Bichindaritz said. “For those who do not yet work in the health field, the certificate will provide them the qualifications needed to work with health information management or health data analytics.

Student success

Jason Chase graduated from SUNY Oswego with his bachelor’s in Computer and Information Science in 2013 and decided to stay and pursue the HIT Graduate Certificate.

“My interest in health information science was based on the high demand for health care and health technology professionals,” Chase said. “I chose to return to Oswego because of the strong foundation I received here during my undergraduate studies.”

Chase found his experience in the program as very challenging and rewarding.

During the spring semester, Chase took HCI 590 where he focused on his research that was based upon associated data mining techniques to find factors in health and socio economic data records that could possibly benefit or affect the health of people in New York State.

He also had the opportunity to work directly with the Oswego County Health Department developing a rabies vaccination system for the county.

“I took and did some system analysis and design for the office and replaced the traditional data collection process from hand written forms to all electronic,” Chase said.

Chase has decided to further his education and will be attending Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) for biomedical informatics and health information management.

“This program has been like a spring board to get me ready for going to OHSU and continuing my education,” Chase said.

The graduate certificate

Students have the opportunity to improve their skill set if they are already in the health industry or gain the qualifications needed to work in health information management.

“Students want to have a meaningful position and that is exactly what they find in the HIT certificate because it’s definitely IT related, but in a role of improving health,” Bichindaritz said. “It’s a very motivating position and career.”

The HIT graduate certificate can easily tie into the HCI master’s degree program, which is about the societal use of technology.

For more information on the HIT Graduate Certificate, visit Health Information Technology or contact the graduate office at gradstudies@oswego.edu.

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