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NYC Health + Hospitals Appoints Kevin Lynch as CIO

December 5, 2017
by Rajiv Leventhal
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NYC Health + Hospitals has appointed Kevin Lynch as the health system’s new CIO and senior vice president.

Lynch comes to NYC Health + Hospitals from Los Angeles County—the nation’s second largest public health system, trailing only NYC Health + Hospitals—where he has served as the CIO for the Department of Health Services since 2010, with expanded responsibilities for the county’s Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, and Integrated Correctional Health Services starting in July 2016, according to a press release announcing the appointment.

Lynch’s 25 years in health IT leadership also includes his experience as corporate director at Jackson Health System, in Miami Dade County, often ranked the third largest public health system in the country. And in both of his most recent positions, Lynch “oversaw the successful transformation from a fragmented clinical IT system to a system rooted in enterprise-wide electronic health records [EHRs],” according to the announcement from NYC Health + Hospitals.

The appointment of Lynch comes at the request of Mitchell Katz, M.D., who is scheduled to take over as President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals in January. “I know Kevin’s work well, and I am especially excited that he will bring with him the knowledge and experience from having developed enterprise-wide IT systems,” Katz said in a statement. “He understands not just the technical IT details, but also the nuances related to integrating and standardizing complex systems for a large public health system.”

In July, it was announced that Edward Marx, who at the time was providing IT leadership and strategy for NYC Health + Hospitals, would be taking the CIO job at Cleveland Clinic. Last year, Charles Perry, M.D., an NYC Health + Hospital senior executive, resigned from his position due to his concerns that the health system’s implementation of a new EHR system was launching too early. The New York City-based health system signed a contract with Epic Systems in 2013 to implement the vendor’s EHR system across the enterprise, a project that was slated to cost nearly $800 million.

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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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