USI Health Informatics and Information Management program graduates inaugural class of students
By: Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson and Tanner Watkins
May 1, 2019
On Saturday, April 27, the University of Southern Indiana’s Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) program ushered in its inaugural graduating class. Five remarkable individuals graced the stage at USI’s brand new Screaming Eagles Arena, hearing their names called as the first of many students to become alumni of the HIIM program.
On this day, Muhanad Almoneef, Msheal Alrasheedi, Michelle Goebel, McCoy Kemmerlin and Jaelyn Smith formed the inaugural class of graduates of the HIIM program, and we are thrilled to share their excitement with you. Below you can check out a short statement from not only our department chair, Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, but also reflections from each of the five students as they look back at their time in the program.
Again, congratulations to Muhanad, Msheal, Michelle, McCoy and Jaelyn, and we wish you the absolute best in what will undoubtedly be a successful future.
From Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, Chair of Health Informatics and Information Management
"Today, the field of Health Informatics receives a promising new addition, and I could not be more proud. Our students’ hard work, sacrifices, and dedication have been rewarded, and I look forward to seeing all of them reap the benefits. Congratulations today and best wishes for all your tomorrows, HIIM graduates! Go into the world and Race-IT into a new era of Health Care!"
From graduate Muhanad Almoneef, HIIM Four-Year
"Health Informatics and Information management led me to cooperate in the quality of health service. This field lights my path to start the electronic exchange of information in Saudi Arabia and to use technology to reduce medical error in the future. This program offers a lot of tools to move into the healthcare delivery system.
"One of the best experiences I had was during my internship by using Telemedicine. The concept of Telemedicine is to minimize the destination between different hospitals and to keep health providers in contact with patients. Also, by the end of the program, I was equipped with different skills in analyzing data that qualifies me to be a researcher in the future."
From graduate Msheal Alrasheedi, HIIM Four-Year
"Working in the health field has always been my dream. With the Health Informatics and Information Management degree, I was able to bring my dream closer to fruition. The lessons learned from each of the courses will go a long way in helping me become a better individual in society.
"I have garnered handy skills that will ensure I am a competitive team player in the job market. With the various skills acquired both in and out of class, I can proudly say that I am a self-motivated and independent learner. The experience gained throughout this program was certainly worth it."
From Graduate Michelle Goebel, HIIM Degree Completion
"The USI HIIM program was an exciting challenge to add to my life. It gave me the inspiration to grow professionally and enhance my knowledge in project management, data analysis, and healthcare information technology.
"Taking steps to educate individuals on the current stance and future of HIT, will enable us to be better prepared for the changes yet to come."
From graduate Mick Kemmerlin, HIIM Degree Completion
"Through the HIIM program, I was able to learn about the extensive benefits of health information interoperability not just for healthcare organizations, but patients as well, and why it is important to invest in it and expand it.
"I also learned effective project management skills that I will be able to utilize during future projects throughout my career in health informatics. This program provided me with a strong foundation of knowledge that I will continue to build upon throughout my career in the field of health informatics and information management."
From graduate Jaelyn Smith, HIIM Four-Year
"I am honored to have been a part of the inaugural class for the Health Informatics and Information Management program at USI and grateful for the opportunities it has afforded me. Understanding and leveraging information are critical to the future of healthcare innovation and the quality of patient care. Thank you, Dr. Wilson, for your leadership."