FIU Business has been designated an Approved Education Partner by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), becoming one of only 37 institutions worldwide to receive the prestigious designation.
HIMSS awarded the designation for the college’s Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics (MSHIA), a fully-online, 14-month program that prepares healthcare professionals to use health information technology to improve the quality, safety, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery, as well as the FIU Business Health Informatics Certificate.
As one of the most highly respected organizations for professional development in the healthcare IT field, HIMSS cited the program for its continuous quality improvement based on student feedback.
In a letter to Program Director Cynthia LeRouge announcing the prestigious recognition, Mara L. Daiker, HIMSS director of professional development, commended “how relevant you have made the course through the competencies you outlined,” as well as the depth of the program’s advisory board.
“We see a wealth of industry insights to help continue the alignment of your courses to meet the industry’s growth,” she wrote in the letter.
As a HIMSS Approved Education Partner, FIU may offer HIMSS-approved education programs that prepare candidates for advanced knowledge in health information and technology. FIU’s MSHIA, Health Informatics Certificate and professional education program are eligible for HIMSS continuing education hours.
“This is not just a hallmark to recognize quality,” LeRouge said. “Through the HIMSS’s approved educational program, FIU’s MSHIA program and Health Informatics Certificate can offer students and faculty valuable tools and resources they can use to enhance their FIU education and success in the health informatics industry.”
The online health informatics program provides a unique integrated curriculum the develops health information management and business skills. Students participate in experiential coursework and build community networking with a diverse group of professionals. The online learning format also allows for daily interactions with faculty and staff as needed.
In addition to the new HIMSS designation, the MSHIA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), an independent, objective evaluation of a program’s health informatics education quality and workforce preparation.