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Eardley Returning to University Hospitals as CIO

December 4, 2017
by David Raths
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Former UH exec had been CIO at Houston Methodist

Robert Eardley will become the new chief information officer at Cleveland-based University Hospitals in February 2018. Eardley previously worked at UH, serving as vice president and associate CIO from 2007 to 2011.

Eardley joined Houston Methodist in July 2011 as senior vice president and CIO of the Information Technology Division, comprised of more than 600 staff members organized into clinical, business and infrastructure teams. Houston Methodist is a $3.6 billion healthcare system consisting of eight hospitals, six emergency centers, two free-standing imaging centers, and 80 ambulatory/outpatient locations in the Houston area.

At University Hospitals he will oversee IT for a network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in northern Ohio. The system includes University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, which is affiliated with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

He is replacing Joy Grosser, who left UH after only one year there to become chief information officer of UW Medicine in Seattle.

Earlier in his career, Eardley worked in healthcare consulting with Ernst &Young, Capgemini and Accenture. 

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University of Texas Health Science Center to Launch First Doctorate Program in Health Informatics

August 17, 2018
by David Raths
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Instead of dissertation, program requires students to complete project in a healthcare organization

The School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston is creating the first doctorate degree program in Health Informatics (DHI).

At its July 26, 2018 meeting, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved and authorized the creation of the DHI program, making it the first advanced, practice degree in health informatics in the nation.



This program will offer curriculum custom-built for professionals seeking a terminal, applied degree in the field of health informatics. In order to apply, applicants must have documented executive or management-level healthcare experience. After discussions during a faculty retreat in 2016, a plan to launch the DHI was conceived.

“Many prospective students are searching for a doctorate-level degree in biomedical or health informatics but want to focus on solving real-world problems rather than hypothesis-driven research for a dissertation,” said Susan Fenton, SBMI’s associate dean for academic affairs, in a prepared statement. “After encountering numerous executive-level informatics professionals seeking an advanced degree with an applied focus, we realized there was a real need for this degree and we are very pleased to be the first school to launch the program.”

Because the program is geared towards working professionals, instruction for the DHI is in a hybrid environment with more than 50 percent of the coursework taught online. Rather than write a dissertation for the culminating project, the DHI program requires a large-scale translational project that students must complete in a healthcare organization.

SBMI held focus groups with Texas Medical Center healthcare executives, SBMI alumni and industry leaders across the country in the development of the DHI.

 “We aim to educate executives so they are skilled in the application of advanced health informatics tools and can work towards improving patient care at their organizations,” said Jiajie Zhang, SBMI’s dean and the Glassell Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Informatics Excellence, in a statement.

While executive-level career experience is required, the degree offers educational background flexibility. Students without a master’s degree in health informatics, or a related field, can enter the program with a bachelor’s degree. However, those students must complete 33 semester credit hours of didactic coursework before starting the DHI curriculum. Students who hold a master’s degree can immediately start the 63-semester credit hour program. 


The DHI program will begin in fall 2019 and SBMI will start accepting applications before the end of the 2018 calendar year.



 

 

 

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