Congratulations to staff and instructors in UW-Green Bay’s Health Information Management & Technology program named #19 on list of Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s Healthcare Informatics Degrees.
Online degrees present an opportunity for career advancement and increased financial stability, but they can also result in piles of debt. Knowing the return on investment of a specific degree and major before making a decision is key to evading insurmountable debt. To help people make this decision, Optimal (formerly SR Education Group), published its 2020 Best Value Colleges rankings on Guide to Online Schools for 121 programs. The rankings are based on degree-level and program-specific tuition rates and PayScale salary data. The methodology for the rankings incorporates a return on investment formula to show accredited programs with the best value. Since the cost and return of a college can significantly vary by the degree, tuition rates and salary numbers are specific to degree-level and major. All tuition rates were manually researched on official school websites in order to ensure accuracy. Salary figures were reported by PayScale and reflect earnings of students 10 or more years after graduation. In order to select the best options for value in each major, Optimal researched over 78,000 online programs. “Our goal is to show data that is difficult to find elsewhere,” said CEO Sung Rhee. “With this launch, Guide to Online Schools shows students what they can reasonably expect to make in salary 10 years after graduating from a particular program. We want people to know how their education choices can measurably impact their financial futures.” For students who would like to find online accredited degrees with the lowest cost, Optimal is also releasing its 2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges on OnlineU. These 152 program rankings highlight schools making an effort to provide an economical option for prospective students. Some of the programs with the best return on investment include information technology, engineering, and marketing. The top-ranked school for information technology is SUNY at Albany, boasting a median mid-career salary of $184,700 with a low tuition rate of $10,590. About Optimal™ Optimal helps prospective students make informed, data-driven decisions to improve their collegiate experience and their post-college careers. The company provides over 85,000 in-depth student reviews and college rankings for every major based on alumni salaries and manually researched tuitions. Optimal’s tools and services provide accessible and transparent financial data regarding cost and earning potential that give students educational paths that lead them to success, without burdening them with insurmountable debt. More at the website. Link to list for Healthcare Informatics.
Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay Health Information Management and Technology program! Best Colleges recently ranked 25 of the top Health Information Management and Technology programs found across the U.S. and UW-Green Bay placed in the top 10! Out of 25 programs, UW-Green Bay ranked #9. Ranking factors included Academics & Learner Support, Affordability, & Online Programming. See the full list of rankings, here.
UW-Green Bay alumna Mariah Rathkamp ’17 (HIMT) improved patient care at Watertown Regional Medical Center with her Capstone Project by streamlining the medical records process. Rathkamp’s project was mentioned on the video (1:25) on News Around the UW System.
This feature is worth sharing… “For Glenora Howard, the motivation to expand her career opportunities and earn an online bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) came down to two things. Glenora isn’t the type of person to coast through her career. She wants to continue moving up in healthcare, but this has become difficult without a bachelor’s degree. She also has a strong passion for IT.” Read more about Howard and her experience in the HIMT program.
Our friends in the UW-Green Bay HIMT program — the relatively new online bachelor’s in Health Information Management and Technology — are sharing the news they are now an official HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) academic partner. UWGB is one of 35 universities with this designation. The partnership brings together colleges and universities with healthcare/IT programs and offers resources for students, faculty, and the organization. More on what the partnership offers can be found at http://www.himss.org/membership/organizational-affiliate/academic
Through study that relates directly to curriculum enhancement in her area, Brenda Tyczkowski, assistant professor in the Professional Program in Nursing and academic director for the Health Information Management Technology (HIMT) program, recently completed a rigorous 14-week accelerated health information management workshop through Alabama State University. She then passed the national certification exam for the Registered Health Information Administrator®. RHIAs are certified experts in managing the privacy and security of patient health information, administering computer information systems and managing data analysis to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
Brenda Tyczkowski, assistant professor in the Professional Program in Nursing, recently presented “Ageism in Healthcare” to a group of about 90 older adults who are members of the local interdenominational faith group, SPIRET. Audience members had a lively discussion about their experiences with the changing realities of healthcare, and learned about being more proactive participants in their care. The increasing availability of patient portals, where they can access their medical record on line, message their care provider and learn about test results in a more timely fashion, was a particular topic of interest.
UW-Green Bay’s new online bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management and Technology received good news Thursday afternoon: initial accreditation by the national accrediting agency. The decision by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management was relayed to campus by UW Extension, which coordinates the HIMT program offered in collaboration by Extension and UW universities at Green Bay, Parkside, Stevens Point and La Crosse. In sharing the news here, Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, praised “outstanding work by HIMT program director, Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski, supported by her chair, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, and former Dean of OAA Steve VandenAvond.”
Representing UW-Green Bay at the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition 2015 held January 7-8 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells were (from left) Anita Frankhauser, team captain and a December graduate in Human Biology and dietetics); Alysia Wiley and Amanda Hoffman, RN-to BSN students in the Nursing program; and Stephanie Hessler, a Health Information Management and Technology major.
The team researched, wrote and submitted an executive summary with interdisciplinary solutions to a case study involving COPD patients. Their work earned them a berth in the final round of competition against 10 teams from private and public universities across the state in the annual event sponsored by the Area Health Education Center. Using interdisciplinary health care perspectives and experiences, population-focused care in a health system, root cause analysis and cost/benefit analysis, the team collaborated for three months to create their presentation, which they titled “Breathless No More: 360 degrees of COPD care.” COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Sara Schmitz, director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, provided faculty guidance to the team. The team from UW-Madison earned first place and the $3,000 top award.
Four students have been selected to represent UW-Green Bay at the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The team of students was given a healthcare case study and required to conduct an analysis of interprofessional efforts related to patient care. After submission of an executive summary and budget, the team was selected to move on to the next part of the competition, which involves presenting findings to a panel of healthcare judges in Wisconsin Dells in January. The team will be competing for a $3,000 first-place cash prize. Students are: Anita Frankhauser, team captain (Human Biology – Emphasis in Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics), Stephanie Hessler (Healthcare Information Management Technology), Amanda Hoffman (BSN Program), and Alysia Wiley (BSN Program).
Christian Krah of Green Bay crossed the Weidner Center stage during Saturday’s mid-year commencement to accept the first bachelor’s degree awarded through UW-Green Bay’s new Health Information Management and Technology program.
The program launched in fall 2012 in conjunction with partner campuses UW-Parkside, UW-La Crosse and UW-Stevens Point. It responds to growing demand for professionals able to use new technology and data management tools to improve health care delivery.
As part of his program of study, Krah under took an internship with Bellin Health, working with the provider’s decision-support team to help develop software applications aimed at improving service to patients.
Tailored for adult learners, the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) focuses on the information sector of the healthcare industry and new advances in health-related technologies, patient records and more.
Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, chair of the Professional Program in Nursing at UW-Green Bay, serves as chair of the HIMT Executive Committee, while faculty colleague Brenda Tyczkowski is the HIMT academic director.
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