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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

Meet our graduates

Alumni of the Health Care Informatics Program & HITEC





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Alumni

Our Alumni span the world and have very interesting careers in health care informatics field, and include both our MS graduate students and certificate programs, particularly the HITEC graduates. Our graduates also come from a variety of places, with 65% of the them living outside of Colorado.




Nursing BS  

Graduates of the HITEC University-Based Training Program 

As a part of our University-Based Training Program funded by the Office of the national Coordinator for Health Information Technology, we graduated 144 certificate students and 12 Master of Science graduates.




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Where Are They Now?

Though we've had many graduates, below are a few examples of what our graduates are doing with their Health Informatics HITEC degrees and certificates.

 Cathleen Danforth: HIM/HIE Specialist Certificate, graduated Summer 2011

Current Job Title: Clinical Nurse Leader

Place of Employment:

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Current Job Responsibilities:

I coordinate the implementation of the clinical EMR and provide ongoing education, optimization and consultation on the use of the clinical EMR.
 

How HITEC Helped Me:

The program provided a diverse and comprehensive curriculum focus on current informatics content that enhanced my knowledge and understanding of HIT. With this certificate, I have the necessary understanding of HIT systems to confidently perform in my role. I also gained knowledge of HIT policies and current topics such as Meaningful Use. This has positioned me to actively contribute to the organization's goals.
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 Kami Lee Poole-Warder: HIT Sub-Specialist, graduated Summer 2011

Current Job Title: Clinical Director of Emergency Services

Place of Employment:

Hospital Corporation of America

Current Job Responsibilities:

Engage in projects to bridge new care delivery models into clinical practice with the right technology, appropriately designed to support clinical practice. Coordinate nursing impact of technology deployments so that effectiveness and efficiency of care processes is maintained.
 

How HITEC Helped Me:

The program provided me with the tools to evaluate the synergies between workflow process and technology solutions. As well as lead, innovate and support change for achieving transformation in healthcare.
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 Amy Goldstein: Executive Leader Certificate, graduated Winter 2011

Current Job Title: Director of Pharmacy

Place of Employment:

Acute Care Hospital

Current Job Responsibilities:

In addition to all pharmacy related programing for the hospital, I also am part of the Technology Advisory Group responsible for IT governance for the hospital. Currently the IT department is going through major re-organization and I have also been involved at a leadership level in this redesign.
 

How HITEC Helped Me:

Since, I am trusted and have a good relationship with physicians as Director of Pharmacy; the plans are for me to play a role in CPOE implementation. My new skills and certificate have opened this door for me. Also the broad understanding and overview of the IT landscape in America in regards to current and future trends, law and implementation has been very beneficial. Prior to this program I had a very rudimentary understanding of the depth and expanse of IT issues. I understood it from the users’ perspective, not from a leadership point of view. While I was always effective in achieving the ends necessary for the department of pharmacy, I now understand the risks and opportunities to the hospital. This makes me valuable to current and future employers, as I can be conduit between various levels in the organization.
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 Michael Gilhooly: HIM/HIE Specialist Certificate, graduated Summer 2012

Current Job Title: Health Information Manager

Place of Employment:

Care for the Homeless (CFH)

Current Job Responsibilities:

My major job responsibilities include managing the organization’s EHR system, ensuring appropriate Health Information exchange between 16 medical clinics, and collecting and summarizing EHR performance data to identify opportunities for quality improvement.
 

How HITEC Helped Me:

This program has truly broadened my knowledge of health information management and technology. The tools I gained from this program were instrumental in receiving approval to construct and manage a new Health Information Management Department at my organization.
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 Teresa Gocsik: Executive Leader Certificate, graduated Summer 2011

Current Job Title: Manager, Clinical Informatics Center of Excellence

Place of Employment:

Aspen Advisors

Current Job Responsibilities:

I assist clients with challenging situations to produce efficiencies, streamline workflows, select new systems that will complement their strategic initiatives and optimize their existing systems. All of the things are with the ultimate goal to produce systems of care that improve patient, community and population health.
 

How HITEC Helped Me:

I have gained subject expertise that has given me the confidence to relate to both my internal and external clients. The program provided me with the resources and contacts necessary to influence decision makers seeking best practice input.
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