Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics Student Profiles
Annette Aho, MHI '19
In 2011, I left my home in Sacramento, California to attend Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. It was there that I ran cross country and track and earned a bachelor in Exercise Physiology. Upon graduating in 2015, I moved to the city of Pittsburgh and fell in love with all that this pocket of the world has to offer. From city life, to the diverse neighborhoods and abundant green space, I have easily been able to make Pittsburgh my new home.
When I am not marathon training, I work as an office manager in an out-patient physical therapy clinic and as a personal trainer for the YMCA of the greater Pittsburgh area. Through both of these fields and in my personal pursuit of health and fitness, I have developed an interest in health trends and information management. I believe that through technology and effective communication, we can lower healthcare costs, create a strong sense of self-efficacy among populations, and make better clinical and financial decisions based on analytics.
The online Masters in Health informatics at Chatham University has motivated me to further my education while still doing what I love as a working professional during the day. I am looking forward to being challenged academically, connecting with students from different backgrounds and learning new skills in healthcare.
Nicki Bryan, MHI '17
I am a lifelong Pittsburgh resident and I work in the healthcare industry selling capital equipment. I enrolled in Chatham’s Masters of Healthcare Informatics program because I wanted to expand my knowledge of IT in healthcare. Many programs aren’t possible for me because I travel extensively for work and have a family. When I learned that the HCI program at Chatham is online I decided to enroll. It has been great because I have the flexibility to do my assignments and reading from home or while traveling.
Brittany Chism, MHI '19
I decided to attend Chatham for the MHI program because I currently work for Baxter Healthcare, which is a pharmaceutical company that makes healthcare products. I started working as an intern in January of 2014, and now I’m currently a Microbiologist 2. I love working for a company that makes healthcare products that can help and sustain people’s lives. I earned my Bachelors of Art degree in Biology at Delta State University. I love people and I love the healthcare field. I hope to receive much insight and understanding about healthcare informatics, and I’m sure by attending Chatham University I will have that opportunity to further my education.
Quinell Cunningham, MHI '18
I currently work in the UPMC Corporate offices as a Quality Analyst. I chose this program for two reasons: to develop background in the field, and to acquire the skills that will give me an advantage to work towards a managerial or educational role in Informatics.
I really enjoy the professors in the program, as all of them have actual work experience in this field. I particularly enjoy the small online class size and great faculty-to-student ratio, which has ensured me ample mentorships from my professors and advisor. I credit Dr. Debra Wolf and Professor Sue Evans for being focused and dedicated to the success of their students in the program.
I am also looking forward to the mentorship program that the Health Care Informatics (HCI)will be making available in the fall. I encourage all students interested the healthcare field to take advantage of this awesome program.
Laura Graham, MHI '19
I was eager to enroll in the healthcare informatics program because of my interest in data collection and its use in improving access to services. I’ve witnessed the adoption of electronic health records in skilled nursing facilities and adopted a call data management system in my current role. Since becoming the program director for Psych Care Plus of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, I have used data for hospital leadership to expand different service lines. We collect significant amounts of patient data and I would like to learn other useful ways to present it in the hope of enhancing behavioral health access.
Madeline Hanes, MHI '19
Before graduating from Clarion University with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I had already decided that I needed to further my career in healthcare. I decided to continue in the accelerated degree program at Robert Morris University to receive my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing.
After working for several years as a Registered Nurse for a local community hospital, an opportunity was posted in the Information Systems department to assist with workflow analysis, development, design, and support of a new electronic healthcare system. This entrance into information technology started my passion and exploration into healthcare informatics.
Scott Mattila, MHI '17
For as long as I can remember, the ideals of technology, healthcare, leadership, and education have been constants in my life. I have always thrived most when I can help others use technology and data to make more effective decisions, skills inherent in my chosen profession as an IT Audit Analyst. In my current role, I work with healthcare professionals and executives at all levels in the field to increase their awareness and opportunities to improve their technology environment. In turn, this allows for procedures to better serve and protect patient data, increase end-user satisfaction, minimize data errors, and improve efficiencies with a holistic approach.
The ability to implement the core fundamentals from the MHCI program will allow me to make better data-driven decisions and enhance the quality of care and outcomes of our patients. Additionally, the opportunity to collaborate with other goal-driven individuals and learn from an excellent array of instructors also drove me to pursue this degree. The MHCI program at Chatham University possesses all these qualities to make me not only a stronger technology professional, but also enhance my ability to teach and train healthcare leaders as well.
Sasa Miskovic, MHI '17
I decided to attend Chatham University because of several factors, including the faculty and the reputation of the school itself. Having done my undergraduate studies at Duquesne University and received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing, I wanted to advance myself in the ever-growing world of technology. When I visited the campus, I was impressed by how beautiful Chatham is and its location in the center of the city. Further exploration of campus and meetings with my advisor and other faculty showed me what a close and friendly community Chatham has. Throughout my time as a student, I found that all the faculty work closely together and are always willing to help and spend time outside of class discussing any issues. Faculty have taken the time to communicate, teach, and make sure each student is progressing at the right pace and learning in order to be successful leaders in the future.
Throughout my program I have had the privilege of working closely with two of my faculty, and I have learned how highly recognized they both were in the field of healthcare. I have only positive things to say about the school overall, and I am more than happy with my choice to pursue a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics from Chatham.