Advisory Council Named for New Healthcare Information Systems Grad Program

News Story: June 1, 2012

As the world changes, so does Sacred Heart University. The school has created an Advisory Council for its new Healthcare Information Systems (HIS) Master of Science graduate program. The 36-credit program, announced earlier this year, will focus on the many ways healthcare information technology is evolving; its important role in helping hospitals, other health care providers and government improve how data is collected, reported and utilized; and the systems and processes that will drive this continuing transformation.

The 10-member volunteer council comprises respected leaders who have made significant contributions in health care, health care IT and through special health care-related projects, says Stephen Burrows, DPM, MBA, department chair and director of the program and clinical assistant professor.

 “Our goal was to bring in health care leaders who could help guide this new graduate program, support faculty- and student-recruitment efforts, assist with curriculum development and evaluation and generally champion the program and its participants,” says Burrows. “We value and respect the diversity of opinions and experiences they represent and know the University and its students will prosper from their insights and knowledge.”

Over the coming months, the Advisory Council will focus on supporting the program’s launch in January 2013, Burrows explains. The new master’s program will appeal to nurses, lab and radiology technicians, systems and information technology workers and many other candidates currently using technology to support clinical research, health care and related fields.

Members of the HIS Advisory Council are:

  • Catherine Annulli, senior consultant, VantagePoint
  • Lynn Christensen, director of IT and chief information officer, Milford Hospital
  • Peter Courtway, vice president and chief information officer, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Kathy DeMatteo, chief information officer/vice president of Information Technology, Western Connecticut Health Network
  • Todd A. Kawecki, DC, chief health informatics officer, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Richard W. Kubica, chief information officer, Hartford Hospital
  • Ellen Makar, director of Nursing and Clinical Transformation, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Pamela Manor, MSN, RN, director of Clinical Informatics, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
  • Lisa S. Stump, MS, RPh, FASHP, vice president, Epic Project Director, Yale New Haven Health
  • John Vaccino, PMP, MBA, business process manager, HealthLink, Western Connecticut Health Network