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The Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs have recently improved to a new standard at Arkansas Tech.

After moving to the program’s new location in Dean Hall, Director and Professor Melinda Wilkins reflects about the positive changes within the Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs.

The Health Information Management program at Arkansas Tech continues to be the only one of its kind in Arkansas. This semester the department began offering a Master’s of Science in Health Informatics, also the only one in Arkansas.

Evidence supports the program’s effectiveness, based on the 100 percent passage rate on the national certification exam.

The qualified faculty of the programs serve on state and national boards concerning the field of health information.

Darla Sparacino serves as president-elect for Arkansas Health Information Management Association. Chris Merle participates in the HITECH grant process through National Park Community College and Wilkins serves as commissioner for Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, which is the national accreditation body for the program. Wilkins also serves as the Legal and Policy Advisor to the State of Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology.

The program looks forward to celebrating National Health Information and Technology week November 7-13.

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