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Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology



Courses are taught by instructors prominent in Health IT industry as well as faculty in the Information Systems department.  These members conduct cutting edge research in Health IT for some of Health IT's biggest government and commercial organizations.  The program is infused with their unique combination of real-world experience in industry and research.   

UMBC HIT Program Director Krystl HareianKrystl Haerian, M.D.
Graduate Program Director for HIT

B.S., Biological Sciences, UMBC
M.S., Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University
MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Haerian has over 12 years of medical, informatics, and public health experience in both academia and government. As a Commissioner’s Fellow at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, she employed informatics methods to design, conduct, and analyze studies that support the development of policies and regulations intended to decrease morbidity and mortality from tobacco products.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, her research was focused on developing and applying methodologies for pharmacovigilance and drug repurposing, utilizing electronic health record data and natural language processing. During her fellowship she was awarded Best Presentation at the NLM Training Conference and First Place Poster Presentation at the DIA Annual Meeting; she was also honored to be invited to present to the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents.

Dr. Haerian completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Health Laboratory for Informatics Development. Her research included the development and application of clinical decision support and alerts to prevent medication errors and to improve collection of clinical research data. She also served on the JAMIA Student Editorial Board and the NIH Fellows Editorial Board.
As a Congressional Legislative Fellow in the US House of Representatives, Dr. Haerian served as a scientific advisor with particular expertise in public health and clinical medicine for Congresswoman Roybal-Allard and her staff. Her responsibilities included meeting with lobbyists and special interest groups, drafting bills and legislation, writing speeches and floor statements, and supporting the Congresswoman’s agenda as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Health Taskforce to advance policies that reduce health disparities across all minority communities. 

Dr. Haerian received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Additionally, she holds Masters’ degrees in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate studies at UMBC with a B.S in biological sciences and a minor in writing. She was a member of the UMBC Crew Team in college. Dr. Haerian is a mother of 3. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching her daughter’s tyker lacrosse team and teaching STEM concepts to elementary school children as coach of her son’s Junior First Lego League.


UMBC Faculty Craig BehmCraig Behm, MBA
Graduate Faculty

BA University of Maryland, College Park
MBA Loyola University Sellinger School of Business

Craig Behm is the Executive Director of MedChi Network Services (MNS), a firm that offers practice services and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) management as a subsidiary of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society. He created the initial formation strategy for MNS and executed on those plans to form two distinct service lines advancing health care delivery. MNS is a state-designated management services organization and a co-recipient of federal funding through the Maryland Regional Extension Center, the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP). Through that partnership, MNS is developing secure methods for the effective utilization of electronic health records. CRISP is also the state-designated Health Information Exchange, through which MNS is supporting the real-time transfer of health information. MNS assisted hundreds of small practices to reach Meaningful Use of certified EHRs, and continues to help with implementation and optimization of IT systems.

 Mr. Behm is the Executive Director of the three ACOs owned and operated by MNS. He performed a vital role in the ACO formation process and leads clinical integration and quality improvement actions.  All three ACOs were selected for the competitive Advance Payment program (out of 33 total nationwide). Through those groups, MNS is coordinating health care needs for over 25,000 Medicare beneficiaries through a network of nearly 100 independent primary care providers. Mr. Behm continues to facilitate the expansion of ACOs and related services to enhance the private practice of medicine.

Prior to joining MNS, Mr. Behm worked as a health care business consultant for a small firm in the Baltimore region. He also worked at Erickson Living, a large-scale developer and operator of continuing care retirement communities. Mr. Behm holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters of Business Administration from the Loyola University Sellinger School of Business.  

Mr. Behm is teaching Process and Quality Improvement with Health IT, which will provide an overview of quality measurement and process improvement as they relate specifically to the health care industry. The purpose of the class is to examine tools, techniques, and resources available to health care professionals through effective use of health IT and – most importantly – to successfully implement them in a variety of health care settings. 


Angela EvattAngela Evatt, M.A., M.P.P.
Graduate Faculty

B.A., Psychology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
A.M., Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
M.P.P., Public Policy, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy

Angela Evatt is Division Chief for Health Information Exchange at the Maryland Health Care Commission’s (MHCC) Center for Health Information Technology and Innovative Care Delivery.  Ms. Evatt manages the 45 member health information exchange (HIE) Policy Board and played an integral part in drafting the State’s HIE Privacy and Security regulations.  In her position, Ms. Evatt coordinates various health information technology regulatory and research initiatives of the MHCC to advance secure health information exchange and widespread adoption and use of electronic health records.  Prior to joining the MHCC, Angela served as Provider Training Coordinator and Analyst for Automated Health Systems as they implemented a new Medicaid hybrid managed care program for the state of Illinois. 

Ms. Evatt completed her dual masters from the University of Chicago, in Social Service Administration and Public Policy.  During her time at University of Chicago, Ms. Evatt held several community internship positions with local not-for-profits and State agencies, including the Office of the Director at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Jane Addams Hull House, and the Illinois Facilities Fund.  She earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Ms. Evatt currently serves on several workgroups and advisory panels in health information technology.


UMBC Faculty Maansi RaswnatMaansi Raswnat, JD
Graduate Faculty

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies UMBC
JD Seton Hall University School of Law

Maansi Raswant is a senior regulatory and policy advisor at The Hilltop Institute. Currently, she is responsible for policy development and analysis to support Maryland in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ms. Raswant has drafted regulations and legislation for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. In addition, she leads efforts in summarizing federal guidance for state agencies. Prior to this, she was a policy analyst at Hilltop.

Previously, Ms. Raswant gained administrative law experience as a law clerk at the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of General Counsel (New York). In this position, she negotiated Medicare Secondary Payer claims with personal injury attorneys, researched Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations to assist in responding to FOIA requests, and assisted agency counsel with research for motions and briefs. Ms. Raswant was also a health law and policy intern for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, where she analyzed sections of the ACA to determine its impact on foreign-born populations living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, she drafted a legal memorandum and policy paper on immigrant health benefits access, used by national advocacy organizations in furthering legal action and framing community forum discussion points. Ms. Raswant also served as a research assistant at the Center for Health and Pharmaceutical Law and Policy at Seton Hall University School of Law, where she researched several aspects of clinical trial subject recruitment and physician compensation policy for a clinical trial conflict of interest white paper, released in November 2009. Prior to that, she was a research assistant at Hilltop, providing support for several different projects addressing the efficacy of Maryland Medicaid programs.

Ms. Raswant earned her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, with a certificate in health law.  While in law school, Ms. Raswant served as executive editor of Health Law Outlook, a biannual student publication. She earned her BA in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in health care ethics and public policy from UMBC, completing a capstone thesis on pandemic resource allocation protocols in Maryland. Ms. Raswant is admitted to practice law in Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and American Health Lawyers Association.

Ms. Raswant will be teaching Health IT Law and Ethics. This course provides a comprehensive overview of important legal principles affecting health information technology and management, with a focus on the intersection of these legal principles with business ethics.


UMBC Faculty Raymond RobinsonRaymond Robinson, M.D.
Graduate Faculty

B.S., UC Davis
M.B.A., Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
M.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Robinson, an adjunct professor with UMBC since 2014, began his medical research training working with a team at the Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Group (QSRG) on their international, On the CUSP: STOP BSI campaign. Since that time Dr. Robinson has authored several manuscripts and book chapters around healthcare quality improvement and patient safety.

Dr. Robinson pursued a degree in clinical Investigation, Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health where he completed a thesis study on “Airway Management by a Difficult Airway Response Team”. Dr. Robinson then became interested in the business of healthcare and quality improvement, so he took time out to pursue a business degree at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Since 2012 Dr. Robinson has applied his medical and research training along with his public health training in the field of Telemedicine at Philips Healthcare. He is now a senior manager in the research and development department working to extend Telemedicine across the healthcare continuum while retaining his research interests in QI.

Dr. Robinson will be teaching Health Informatics I. This course touches people and organizational aspects of health information systems as well as technology. Some of the topics covered in this course include electronic health records, practice management, health information exchange, data standards consumer health informatics and mobile health.


Faculty with an interest in Health Information Technology:

Zhiyuan Chen, Ph.D.

Aryya Gangopadhyay, Ph.D.

Vandana Janeja, Ph.D.

A. Gunes Koru, Ph.D.

Anthony F. Norcio, Ph.D.

Helena Mentis, Ph.D.

Roy Rada, Ph.D.

Dongsong Zhang, Ph.D.