Meet Our Students
Health Informatics MS'18
Manager of Data Strategy and Clinical Analytics, Northwell Health
My knowledge in the informatics field was through on-the-job training and I wanted to expand my knowledge and understand emerging areas. I was attracted to Hofstra’s Master’s program because it was one of the few programs that offered applied knowledge. The field requires both academic knowledge and practical application to truly understand the concepts.
I started out my career as a clinical pharmacy technician, and started getting involved in optimizing the technology used within the clinics and pharmacy workflows. Subsequently, I transitioned to informatics and worked in EMR (electronic medical record) implementations. My current role is manager of data strategy and clinical analytics, where I coordinate operational and quality reporting requirements and data reporting standards. I am also building an enterprise data warehouse. I want to create innovative technology that supports an improved health care delivery system.
The variety of backgrounds in the faculty and students enhances the hands-on learning of the program. This is a growing industry and this program provides the foundational knowledge. The more effort you put into the program, the more advanced knowledge will be obtained.×
Health Informatics MS'19
Pharmacist, Northwell Health
I work as a pharmacist in the Northwell Health system, where I am an end user of electronic health record and pharmacy automation machines. In the Health Informatics master’s program at Hofstra, spending time with students who have expertise in other fields has broadened my understanding of how other departments work to upkeep their technology. Health informatics is a field where you can use and act upon data in real time, rather than using it as a historical occurrence to change future events. Joining this field means you can make a difference in improving patient care and outcomes. The program gives you a foundation to learn about the health informatics field as it evolves throughout the coming years, and the professors are consistently updating information about how new technology will impact health informatics moving forward.
A lot more schools are starting to get their own health informatics programs but they may be catered to one specific subset of the clinical population. People who make a difference in the health informatics field don’t have to come from a clinical background. Innovation is important, and it can come from various ways. In the Hofstra program, there are plenty of students from different backgrounds, and each person can help lead to a better group development. Leaders should learn how every piece works in their organization to understand how and where their decisions will make an impact. Other certification programs teach you how to analyze data and graph them in the simplest ways, but at Hofstra University, professors teach the most optimal way to show data to both leaders and team members.
From my previous courses with informatics certificates, there is a difference in learning from those basic introductory courses to this Master's program. The Hofstra professors can give you insight and explanations of topics that are further conducive to learning. In these classes, we are getting trained on applied informatics, not just the background and theory. We are learning how to use using multiple resources and methods to optimize the capabilities of health information technology, with the end goal of improving health care.×
Aaron Kessel, MD
Health Informatics MS'19
Pediatric Critical Care Physician, Cohen’s Children's Medical Center
Q. You are a physician specializing in pediatric critical care medicine. Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in health informatics?
A. Over the course of time practicing medicine, I have become more involved in activities that both succeed and can be improved greatly by health informatics in general. As my involvement has grown, so has my interest in health informatics, both to improve things in which I am already involved, but also to help improve health care delivery with improved data exchange, data use/analysis, and improved delivery of useful data to clinical providers.
Q. What attracted you to Hofstra’s program?
A. As the program at Hofstra was in its infancy, I felt that I would be able to help structure a course curriculum that would most benefit my interests and knowledge base, allowing me to achieve my fullest potential in this area.
Q. Give us a brief background on your work experience, including your current position. How do you expect your graduate studies in health informatics to affect or inform your work?
A. I am currently an attending in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at Cohen Children's Medical Center. Many of my clinical and administrative responsibilities have components that require the use of health informatics to improve care quality, streamline auditing processes, and increase patient safety. I hope to apply principles that I learn within the program to improve aspects of these programs.
Q. Tell us about your experiences and interaction with faculty in this program.
A. The program faculty are invested in us and in our career. They are available to speak about coursework, concerns, or just offer advice at all times.
Q. What are your long-term career goals?
A. Over time, I hope to become increasingly involved with health informatics. I would like to streamline and improve the electronic interface that clinical providers use on a daily basis to make clinical care better, more efficient, safer, and more satisfying to both providers and patients.
Q. What advice would you give to someone who is considering the MS in Health Informatics at Hofstra?
A. The Health Informatics program at Hofstra is a well-rounded course that offers students the opportunity to learn about all areas of health informatics, with enough elective options to allow students to explore their own personal interests. The faculty is engaging, invested in us, and yearn for us to be successful.