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Students represented at LHIMA state convention

June 30, 2017

 

Andrew Bell
Staff Reporter | agb022@latech.edu

 

Louisiana Tech Health Informatics students displayed their knowledge through research and were awarded for it at the Louisiana Health Information Management Association annual state convention April 5-7.

 

Awards given to Tech students included graduate scholarships given to Jamie Hatchell, an online graduate student in the master’s program in Health Informatics, and Caroline Golmon, a graduate student in the bachelor’s in Health Informatics and Information Management program.

 

Graduate students and assistants in the department gave presentations pertaining to updates within the Health Informatics and Information Management Department.

 

Michelle Martin, an associate professor of the school of health informatics and information management, said the students’ individual progress and advancement is essential to the department’s growth as a whole.

 

“It is a very rewarding experience to see our Louisiana Tech students be recognized for their hard work and efforts,” she said. “By our students being recognized, this brings recognition to our university and the success of our department at a state level.”

 

Angela Kennedy, department head and professor of health informatics, spoke of the stiff competition in the field and how having five Health Information Management (HIM) programs in the state can really challenge their students to strive for greatness.

 

“With five (HIM) programs in the state, scholarships are competitive,” she said. “Other programs are producing highly qualified, credentialed professionals. So we are delighted that our students are being recognized for their hard work and contributions as a (HIM) major.”

 

Kennedy said the students’ involvement in conventions like these, with the competitive nature of the field, is imperative to gain experience for future employment opportunities.

 

“We strongly encourage student participation and presence at conventions and meetings,” she said. “We want our students to be front and center with employees, so we encourage our students to showcase their knowledge and to network.

 

Kennedy said events like this provided an opportunity, not only for the students, but also for the faculty to gain professional knowledge and build off of their experiences.

 

“Students and faculty gain new professional knowledge each time they attend a professional event,” she said. “The opportunity to network with other professionals in the field is very valuable. Building these relationships assists our students in gaining employment and provides our faculty an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment as a qualified workforce.”

 

According to Kennedy, the HIM department hopes to proceed toward their goal of constant improvement and advancement through events like these, by continuing to expose their students and faculty to the challenges presented.

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