The Information Systems (IS) Department proposed and gained campus approval for the new minor program in health information systems management (HISM) in spring 2013. The subsequent student recruitment had resulted in the inaugural class of 14 students. As of this writing, there are 20 students in the minor program. We are happy with the initial enrollment of the program as it is a full-fledged minor that requires strong commitment by the attending students. We are optimistic about the growth of the program and sincerely encourage more UW-L students who are interested in a career in health care-related areas to apply. For admission into the program, please download the application form from the IS website (www.uwlax.edu/is) or pick up a copy from the IS office in Wing 240, fill it out and submit it to the IS office. Applications are reviewed on the flight and admission letters are delivered via e-mail promptly.
After having served UW-L for one year and published a paper in one of the top journals in the IS field, Dr. Chen, our visiting assistant professor, accepted a tenure-track position in a southern university to pursue her long-term career. Replacement for this position has not been approved by the UW-L administration and consequently, overload teaching has been employed to cover faculty shortage starting the current semester.
For the new HISM minor program, one required course (IS 435: Healthcare Data Communications) and one elective course (IS 360: Information Technology Management) will be offered by Dr. Dai and Dr. Yang respectively. Two sections of IS 310 will be offered by Dr. Dai and two sections of IS 300 will be taught by Dr. Wen. New IS minor students need to take these two courses right away as they are the prerequisites for other follow-up courses in the program. The plan to offer one section of IS 300 each semester will be deferred to the fall semester of 2014 due to faculty turnover. Eight sections of IS 220 will be offered by Mr. Annino, Dr. Dai, Dr. Haried, and Dr. Yang. Opening additional sections of this course is impossible as the IS department has already stretched its teaching resource to the absolute limit. For the MBA program, Dr. Haried will continue to offer the BUS 755 course on Monday night.
Due to the difficulty in delivering a heavy, 4-credit course in only 3 weeks, the Department has decided to not offer the IS 220 course in the coming intersession. However, offering one or more sections of this course online next summer is possible, as we have successfully done so last summer.
Our joint MBA program with the National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences (NKUAS) in Taiwan has been active, producing four new graduate students this fall semester. In an effort to sustain this program and explore opportunities to establish new programs, a CBA delegation consisting of Dr. Wen and our MBA Director, Ms. Skobic, visited Taiwan in May, 2013. In addition to interviewing prospective students from the NKUAS, the delegation also visited National Chinyi University of Science and Technology, National Chung Cheng University, and National Yunlin University of Science and Technology to pave the ground for new collaborative programs. To date, memoranda of understanding have been signed by these reputable institutions, on which faculty and student exchange programs could be initiated right away.
Our mode of involvement in the UW consortium online program in healthcare information management and technology (HIMT) has been changed to pure overload per Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration's directive. Drs. Wen and Haried taught the HIMT 320 course (Survey of Information Technology in Healthcare) and HIMT 370 (Health care Systems: Analysis and Design) courses respectively in the past summer. For this semester, Dr. Haried is teaching HIMT 420 (Health Care Systems: Project management); he is also scheduled to teach the HIMT 370 course again next spring. The HIMT 340 (Ethical Issues, Security Management and Compliance) course will be offered by Dr. Wen in spring, 2014 too.
Currently, Dr. Wen is leading the four partner campuses in developing the HIMT 490 capstone course for the program. He will be in the position to offer this preceptorship course the first time in the summer of 2014.
In addition to continuing their effort in developing and teaching courses for the HIMT program, as well as offering the required HISM courses, the IS faculty have endeavored to actively engage in the field of health information management through the following activities since February, 2012:
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