UH West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of Health Information Management Terinicka Thomas-Brogan will discuss the development and implementation of the state’s first bachelor’s degree with a concentration in health information management at an upcoming Health Information Management Association of Hawaiʻi’s annual meeting.
Dr. Thomas-Brogan, will highlight the unique needs and challenges of developing a home-grown Health Information Management leadership workforce in the region and how the degree program is designed to help ameliorate some of these challenges. The session also will explore the integration of the UH West Oʻahu’s mission and vision of serving the educational needs of native and indigenous populations within the Health Information Management curriculum. The talk is scheduled for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, at the Ala Moana Hotel.
Thomas-Brogan recently joined the UH West Oʻahu faculty and serves as the director of the Health Information Management (HIM) program at UH West Oʻahu. A Bachelor of Applied Science with a Concentration in Health Information Management will be offered for the first time in the fall 2019 semester and is the first baccalaureate degree of its type in the state. The degree concentration is designed to equip students with integrated knowledge of medicine, science, technology, and management with coursework focusing on ensuring health data maintains its integrity, accuracy, accessibility and security.
Thomas-Brogan joined the UH West Oʻahu faculty last year after serving as the Health Information Management program coordinator at the Community College of Qatar and as curriculum coordinator and instructor at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She also has experience as a public health project coordinator, a traveling coding consultant and manager and Health Information Management educator throughout the United States.
Thomas-Brogan will serve on a panel at the conference that will examine various issues related to trends and emerging issues in HIM, the impact of informatics in healthcare, and HIM as a viable career path. After the panel speaks, students will be invited to meet and ask the mentors questions about the field of Health Information Management. The panel discussion is slated for 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Thomas-Brogan is also scheduled to give a presentation at the conference on Health Informatics which addresses her experiences in population health informatics in Liberia. The talk is set for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The Health Information Management Association of Hawaiʻi has about 250 members and is part of the American Health Information Association. The association’s mission calls for the leading and improving of healthcare by advancing best practices and standards for Health Informatics and Information Management.