Stories of Change

NSU's Leaders in Biomedical Informatics

U.S. patient health records must become electronic by 2014. It's a presidential mandate. Most health information technology fails. Success requires trained leaders. NSU's Biomedical Informatics program graduates can succeed. Dr. Jennie Q. Lou says biomedical informatics isn't about software. "It's about the people using the software."

Dr. Lou founded the Master's of Science Biomedical Informatics (MSBI) program. She's a neurologist captivated by technology. Dr. Lou immediately saw the potential of electronic health records (EHR). Medical errors kill. EHR decreases error. Leaders in the field of Biomedical Informatics will save lives.

Health information technologies (HIT) can also save millions of dollars. But over 70% of HIT systems fail. Facilities often hire two HIT managers. One understands medicine, the other technology. It's not efficient or effective. Dr. Lou says MSBI graduates have skills to succeed. "They're hybrids because they bridge both fields."

Tosin Atolagbe's background is public health and biology. Computer science interested him. After his MBA, Tosin sought a new goal. The caliber of the MSBI curriculum impressed him. NSU's MSBI program is a partner of the American Medical Informatics Association's 10x10 program. "I knew NSU was the best fit."

Luz Dalia Rodriguez was inspired to earn her MSBI. The MSBI program "considers the needs of those that sacrifice many years providing care for others." Luz suffered chronic childhood asthma. She knows HIT can alleviate workflow for healthcare providers.

Luz works full time for NSU's Health Professions Division. She's married and raising two small children. NSU program flexibility allowed Luz to study biomedical informatics. It's her chance to give back to the healthcare community.

"If we provide essential tools to healthcare providers, they'll find necessary quality time needed for patient care."

Dr. Lou says "We're training the leaders." Biomedical informatics career opportunities are rich. For his capstone project Ricardo Gomez developed a system for Cleveland Clinic. He got his MSBI and was promoted. Ricardo makes HIT work for patients and healthcare providers.

"I have and would recommend this program to anyone looking to be a part of history." Ricardo has 12 years of Information Technology experience. NSU's MSBI program changed his career goals. He learned to "think proactively with creative ideas." Ricardo's skills improve patient safety. It's personally fulfilling.

Dr. Angel Brana has worked in clinically underserved areas for three decades. He's a Public Health Advisor. He serves the Pan-American Collaborative Emergency Medicine Program and the International Health Education Center. Dr. Brana realized HIT will revolutionize healthcare. "But I felt I was functionally illiterate in computers!"

"NSU valued my academic achievements and professional experience." NSU's MSBI adds specialized technological knowledge to Dr. Brana's skill set. It increases his power to reform healthcare for underserved patients. Dr. Brana will return to full time practice - "BUT as a Medical Informatician!"

Graduates from NSU's MSBI program can create medical records and systems from scratch. They're prepared to oversee the whole EHR transition. Dr. Lou says there's only one way to get HIT right from the beginning. "It's much more than computer science. Develop it with healthcare in mind."