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Health Information Technology

Faculty

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. To learn more about their classes, visit the Health Informatics course description page.

Krystl Haerian, M.D. | Program Director

UMBC Faculty Krystl Haerian 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.

Craig Behm, MBA | Graduate Faculty

UMBC Faculty Craig BehmBA University of Maryland, College Park
MBA Loyola University Sellinger School of Business

Craig Behm is a Director at Audacious Inquiry, a health information technology and policy firm in Baltimore, Maryland. He primarily serves as the Director of Hospital Services for the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), the state-designated health information exchange. In that role, Mr. Behm works directly with hospitals and their community partners to execute population health activities leveraging technology and data. Previously, he was the program director for the reporting and analytics services provided by CRISP. Mr. Behm is also an instructor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Master’s program in Health Information Technology, where he teaches students how to design, measure, prioritize, and implement improvement efforts across complicated health care systems.

Prior to joining Audacious Inquiry, Mr. Behm was 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 was a state-designated management services organization and a co-recipient of federal funding through the Maryland Regional Extension Center, operated by CRISP. Through that partnership, MNS developed secure methods for the effective utilization of electronic health records. MNS assisted hundreds of small practices to reach Meaningful Use of certified EHRs, and continues to help with implementation and optimization of IT systems.

While at MNS, Mr. Behm was also the Executive Director of the three ACOs affiliated with MedChi. He performed a vital role in the ACO formation process and led 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 coordinated health care needs for over 25,000 Medicare beneficiaries through a network of nearly 100 independent primary care providers. Mr. Behm facilitated the expansion of ACOs and related services to enhance the private practice of medicine.

Earlier in his career, 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 Evatt, M.A., M.P.P. | Graduate Faculty

UMBC Faculty Angela Evatt 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.

A. Gunes Koru, PhD | Graduate Faculty

PhD, Computer Science & Software Engineering, Southern Methodist University
M.S., Computer Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University
B.Sc., Computer Engineering, Ege University

Dr. Koru is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC. His research interests generally fall under health information technologies, health information privacy and security, IT in Health Services, and software engineering. He teaches a number of related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

He received a PhD degree and an MS Degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering, respectively, from the Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, Texas. He received an MS Degree in Computer Engineering from Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and a B.Sc. Degree in Computer Engineering from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey. He is a member of AMIA. He serves in the Policy Board for Health Information Exchange organized by the State of Maryland’s Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC).

John Paul Mulhern, MBA, LCSW-C | Graduate Faculty

MBA, Mount Saint Mary’s University
MSW, University of Baltimore

Paul has over twenty years of experience in health IT as a licensed clinical provider and program manager. Paul has managed health it projects for private payer organizations including Magellan Health and Johns Hopkins. Both organizations support public payer products including Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare as well as private/employer sponsored health plans. Paul has also managed health IT projects for the Federal Government including the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Paul’s health IT program/project management experience includes financial, technical and human management of healthcare programs as well as the entire lifecycle of healthcare clinical, claims and research information systems, which are utilized within those programs. He has worked with senior healthcare leaders in public and private setting to identify and document high-level programmatic strategy and identify, prioritize and document projects to support the program goals in support of the broader strategic goals of the organization. This includes designing and implementing systems to fulfill business objectives while maintaining focus on core business goals within a broader strategy, throughout the development and implementation of healthcare information systems.

In all settings, Paul has collaborated with a broad spectrum of stakeholders including employees, contractors, clients, providers, researchers, regulators, advocates and more. At UMBC, Paul managed bioinformatics research collaboration with the Baltimore VA before starting as a part time faculty. Paul is a licensed social worker in the State of Maryland.

Jeff Ostrow, MSIT, PMP | Graduate Faculty

UMBC Faculty Angela Evatt B.S., Information Systems Management, University of Maryland Baltimore County
M.S., Instructional Technology, Towson University
PMP, Project Management Professional

Jeff Ostrow is the Sr. Training Manager for the Epic EMR Implementation project for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Mr. Ostrow manages the 33 training professionals who are responsible for developing an innovative training curriculum for the employees of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Mr. Ostrow has held a variety of management positions in the healthcare IT industry for the last 15+ years.

Mr. Ostrow completed his masters from Towson University in Instructional Technology. He earned his BS in Information Systems Management from UMBC. Mr. Ostrow has also earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is Epic Ambulatory and Epic Security certified. Mr. Ostrow is currently an adjunct faculty member of UMBC’s Information Systems department and CCBC’s Healthcare Information Technology program.

Maansi Raswnat, JD | Graduate Faculty

UMBC Faculty Maansi Raswnat 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.

Raymond Robinson, M.D. | Graduate Faculty

UMBC Faculty Raymond Robinson 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 health care 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.

Terry Tsai, MSPH, PhD | Graduate Faculty

UMBC Faculty Terry TsaiPhD, Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Washington
MSPH, Public Health Informatics, Emory University
BBA, Information Technology, College of William and Mary

Dr. Terry Tsai has an extensive and diverse background in biomedical and health informatics, in the domains of clinical and translational medicine, with a particular emphasis on patient safety and population genetics.  Her research interests include: data integration, text mining, decision analysis, genetic epidemiology, patient safety, and patient advocacy.

Dr. Tsai was previously a faculty member at the University of Maryland Baltimore, working on numerous projects including a research grant related to heart disease in rural hospitals as well as another grant dealing with microbiota and its impact on pre-term birth.  She has also been a faculty member at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, working on various patient quality initiatives: including the Surgical Unit-based Safety Program (SUSP) to Reduce Surgical Site Infections (SSI) and Other Surgical Complications as well as the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) for Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) Preventions initiative.  She is currently a Faculty Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University, within the Division of Health Sciences Informatics, serving as the PI on an AHRQ R03 grant focused on decision making for hospital decision makers when prioritizing patient safety initiatives.

Dr. Tsai holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of Washington in Seattle as well as master’s degree in Public Health Informatics from Emory University in Atlanta. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.

Rose Yesha, Ph.D. | Associate Graduate Program Director

UMBC Faculty Craig BehmPh.D., Information Systems, Health Informatics, UMBC
M.S., Health Systems Management, University of Baltimore
B.A., Psychology, UMBC

Dr. Rose Yesha has an extensive background in health informatics, specifically within the domains of electronic health records, medical case reports, and behavioral health. Her research focuses on data mining large amounts of unstructured data and clustering the data into meaningful patterns. Her research within behavioral health has involved data mining mental health forum data and social media data within the subsets of anxiety, depression, and addiction.  She has co-authored several current publications in the field of healthcare informatics, which have appeared in top-ranking journals.

Dr. Yesha finished her PhD from UMBC in the department of Information Systems, with a concentration in Health Informatics. She has given guest lectures on her research involving behavioral health and data mining at The University of Maryland School of Social Work as well as the National Institute of Drug Abuse at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Rutgers University-Newark in the field of Management Science & Information Systems.

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