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.
UW-Green Bay’s academic program in Health Information Management and Technology, offered in collaboration with UW-Extension and sister campuses at Parkside and Stevens Point, is applauding Extension’s marketing department for three awards in the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) 2014 Marketing Awards competition. Among them will be a gold award in the “Website” category, as well as a silver award in the “Most Improved” category. The new joint site (for the collaborative program) has helped to increase web traffic and lead conversions by 56 percent, achieve a page-one national rank in Google organic search results for multiple keywords, increase organic search traffic by 134 percent, and increase the leads from organic traffic by 229 percent. The growing HIMT program is a degree completion program designed for students who already have some college credits or an associate degree. Read the news release.
The UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center will host a Brown-Bag presentation by Brenda Tyczkowski of the Professional Program in Nursing on the topic “Factors in nursing home placement” next Friday (Oct. 18) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in MAC-201 (The Gathering Room). Tyczkowski holds a doctorate in nursing practice and directs the Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) program. The Gerontology Center brown-bag discussions are intended to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and others in the community interested in gerontology to exchange ideas and information. All are welcome to attend.
UW-Green Bay is one of four System campuses working with the UW-Extension to offer a new online degree. Applications are being accepted now for the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology degree, which offers two tracks to prepare students for careers in health information management and health information technology. It’s one of the fastest growing professions, officials say, and trained professionals are in demand. Students can receive their degrees through UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside and UW-Stevens Point. UW-La Crosse also will contribute courses. Visit http://himt.wisconsin.edu or click here below to learn more.