Stacy Langley RN BSN
After 11 years of delivering care directly to patients in a variety of clinical settings, I made the decision to transition to the world of health care informatics where I have worked for the past five years. As a registered nurse “super user” in the hospital setting, I witnessed firsthand the need for translation between clinicians and IT. Having had the pleasure of working with Dr. Breeden on many health care IT projects, I was excited to learn that she was spearheading a graduate program focusing on health care informatics at Lipscomb University that would complement my work experience and help take my career to the next level.
The distinguishing factor for me in choosing this program was the unique combination of business, technical, and clinical talent in the cohort. I have benefited as much from the rich class discussions and networking opportunities as I have the class content. This program has provided me the knowledge and insight necessary to transition from a well-established HIT vendor to a sole-clinician, senior product management role in an emerging, successful, HIT start-up company. Additionally, the program has not only offered me invaluable visibility into the business and technical aspects of health care informatics, but, combined with my past work experience, also allowed me to negotiate a highly competitive compensation package with my employer.
Cindy Springer MHCI
As a working professional, Lipscomb’s MHCI program fits seamlessly into my busy schedule. I was looking for a master's degree that would further my career in health care technology, but I wanted something more than most online degree programs could offer. The ability to interact with my professors and classmates face-to-face is so important to me – I truly believe it provides a richer experience than online learning. The knowledge and experience gained from classroom discussions and exercises have helped me develop new skills, while sharpening the skills I already possess. Because it brings together so many professionals in the fields of health care and technology, it’s also a great way to network with new colleagues.
I am constantly impressed at how often class topics have mirrored issues I tackle every day at work. From information security to project management skills, from UML diagrams to law and liability concerns – I find myself referring back to class discussions and readings on a weekly, if not daily, basis. The classes offered in Lipscomb’s MHCI program are not simply “core requirements." Each class stands on its own and is immensely relevant to health care informatics today. The professors are all experts in their fields, and provide invaluable insight into this swiftly-evolving niche of health care and technology.
I am so glad I made the decision to enroll in the MHCI program at Lipscomb University. I would recommend this program to others who are searching for a way to further their education or career in health care IT.
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“We need to have a gravitational pull for IT professionals. We have all read it in Nashville Business Journal. If I see any void of depth of talent it would be in IT. Several universities are working to fill that gap.” —Jim Wright, CEO of Tractor Supply Company,
(quote approved for use on Lipscomb’s SCI website by TSC PR firm per Kim Chaudoin October 2012)