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Gradecki, Joseph
Adjunct Faculty
Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Email: jgradecki@css.edu
 
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Janchar, Joseph
Janchar, Joseph
Admissions Counselor
Graduate & Non-Trad Enrollment
Office: S1223E
Phone: (218) 625-4974
Email: jjanchar@css.edu
 
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Kerr, Katie
Kerr, Katie
Asst Professor, HIIM
H I M
Office: S1223B
Phone: (218) 625-2790
Email: kkerr@css.edu
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Kerr, Katie
Kerr, Katie
Asst Professor, HIIM
H I M
Office: S1223B
Phone: (218) 625-2790
Email: kkerr@css.edu
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Kuqi, Alba
Adjunct Faculty
Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Email: akuqi@css.edu
 
 
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LeBlanc, Madonna
LeBlanc, Madonna
Asst Professor, HIM
H I M
Office: S1123A
Phone: (218) 723-6118
Email: mleblanc@css.edu
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Marc, David
Marc, David
Assoc Prof/Chair/Dir,Hlth Info
Masters- Health Informatics
Office: S1123D
Phone: (218) 625-4892
Email: dmarc@css.edu
 
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Oachs, Pamela
Oachs, Pamela
Asst Prof/Dir UG HIIM Program
Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Office: S1123C
Phone: (218) 723-6409
Email: poachs@css.edu
 
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Rothschuh, Christine
Adjunct Faculty
Masters- Health Informatics
Email: crothschuh@css.edu
 
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Sandefer, Ryan
Sandefer, Ryan
VP, Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs
Office: T2111
Phone: (218) 625-4931
Email: rsandefe@css.edu
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Sanvik, Gina
Adjunct Faculty
Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Email: gsanvik@css.edu
 
 
Sinutko, Jaime
Sinutko, Jaime
Adjunct Faculty
Masters- Health Informatics
Email: jsinutko@css.edu
 
 
Smith, Gwen
Smith, Gwen
Online Student Advisor, HIM
Academic Advisement
Phone: (218) 723-7096
Email: gsmith@css.edu
 
 
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Stanfill, Mary
Adjunct Faculty
H I M
Email: mstanfill@css.edu
 
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Wapola, Janelle
Wapola, Janelle
Asst Professor, HIM
H I M
Office: S1224
Phone: (218) 723-6156
Email: jwapola@css.edu
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Katie Kerr, MA, RHIA

Katie Kerr, MA, RHIA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. She received her BA in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, in 2002. She received her Master of Arts in Health Information Management with concentration in Health Care Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN in 2007. Katie's Final Applied Project was “A Change Management Plan for an Electronic Health Record Implementation Project at Pine Medical Center.”
 
Prior to becoming a full-time HIIM faculty member, Katie was an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of HIIM and the IT Manager for FirstLight Health System based in Mora, MN. In her role as IT Manager, Katie oversaw the implementation of FirstLight's electronic health record, ancillary applications, phone system, IT Department operations and Meaningful Use achievement. Katie also taught for Rasmussen College as an Online Adjunct Instructor from 2008 to 2010. At Rasmussen College, Katie taught Management of Health Information Services, Quality Analysis and Management and Basic ICD-9-CM Coding.  Prior to joining FirstLight Health System, Ms. Kerr worked at Essentia Health - Sandstone as the Manager of Health Information for six years and as the IT Manager for one year.
 
Ms. Kerr is a member of AHIMA and MHIMA. She also served as a member of the Pine Technical College Coding Specialist/Transcription Program Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Kerr has a special interest in Meaningful Use, EHR implementation workflow analysis and redesign, patient privacy and security, health information exchange and telemedicine. 
Presentations Include:
o         College of St. Scholastica, 4232 Ambulatory Reimbursement course guest speaker, Fall 2009 ~ “The Charge Description Master”
o         NEMHIMA Co-Presenter, November 2009 ~ “EHR Adoption: Kanabec Hospital’s Roadmap to EMRAM Stage 6”
o         E-Health Summit, June 2010 ~ “Meaningful Use Achievement: How Do We Get There?”
o         College of St. Scholastica, Center for HealthCare Innovation, Summer 2010 Conference ~ “Meaningful Use Achievement: How Do We Get There?”
o         HRSA, January 2011 ~ “Tips for Conducting Workflow Analysis During a Health IT Implementation”
o         MHIMA, May 2011 ~ Panel “How I Got to Where I Am”
o         E-Health Summit Co-Presenter, June 2011 ~ “Getting to the Data for Direct Quality Reporting” (Quest Project)
o         MN Rural Health Conference, June 2011 ~ “REACHing for Meaningful Use”
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Katie Kerr, MA, RHIA

Katie Kerr, MA, RHIA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. She received her BA in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, in 2002. She received her Master of Arts in Health Information Management with concentration in Health Care Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN in 2007. Katie's Final Applied Project was “A Change Management Plan for an Electronic Health Record Implementation Project at Pine Medical Center.”
 
Prior to becoming a full-time HIIM faculty member, Katie was an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of HIIM and the IT Manager for FirstLight Health System based in Mora, MN. In her role as IT Manager, Katie oversaw the implementation of FirstLight's electronic health record, ancillary applications, phone system, IT Department operations and Meaningful Use achievement. Katie also taught for Rasmussen College as an Online Adjunct Instructor from 2008 to 2010. At Rasmussen College, Katie taught Management of Health Information Services, Quality Analysis and Management and Basic ICD-9-CM Coding.  Prior to joining FirstLight Health System, Ms. Kerr worked at Essentia Health - Sandstone as the Manager of Health Information for six years and as the IT Manager for one year.
 
Ms. Kerr is a member of AHIMA and MHIMA. She also served as a member of the Pine Technical College Coding Specialist/Transcription Program Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Kerr has a special interest in Meaningful Use, EHR implementation workflow analysis and redesign, patient privacy and security, health information exchange and telemedicine. 
Presentations Include:
o         College of St. Scholastica, 4232 Ambulatory Reimbursement course guest speaker, Fall 2009 ~ “The Charge Description Master”
o         NEMHIMA Co-Presenter, November 2009 ~ “EHR Adoption: Kanabec Hospital’s Roadmap to EMRAM Stage 6”
o         E-Health Summit, June 2010 ~ “Meaningful Use Achievement: How Do We Get There?”
o         College of St. Scholastica, Center for HealthCare Innovation, Summer 2010 Conference ~ “Meaningful Use Achievement: How Do We Get There?”
o         HRSA, January 2011 ~ “Tips for Conducting Workflow Analysis During a Health IT Implementation”
o         MHIMA, May 2011 ~ Panel “How I Got to Where I Am”
o         E-Health Summit Co-Presenter, June 2011 ~ “Getting to the Data for Direct Quality Reporting” (Quest Project)
o         MN Rural Health Conference, June 2011 ~ “REACHing for Meaningful Use”
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Madonna LeBlanc, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA

 1. Introduction / Background
 
Madonna M. LeBlanc, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Assistant Professor
 
BA 1995, The College of St. Scholastica
MA 2000, The College of St. Scholastica
 
Ms. LeBlanc joined the CSS faculty in the fall of 2000, having served as Health Information Services department manager at St. Mary’s Hospital (SMHS), Superior, WI, a 42-bed critical access hospital.  She was responsible for a wide range of functions, from JC to medical staff credentialing; while at SHMS, Ms. LeBlanc served as clinical site supervisor for several CSS HIM traditional and progression students. Before joining SMHS, Ms. LeBlanc held the position of family practice peer group support and cancer registrar for the Lake Superior Cancer Registry at St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic, Duluth, MN.
 
 
2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations
 
Courses Taught by M. LeBlanc:
HIM 2101 Medical Language
HIM 2102 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics
HIM 2110 Concepts and Principles of HIM
HIM 2112 Fundamentals of HIM
HIM 2111 HIM Technologies in Practice
HIM 3132 Medicolegal Issues
HIM 3211 Classification of Health Data
HIM 3311 Managing Human Resource
HIM 4233 Health Care Systems: Issues and Perspectives
HIM 4315 Management Tools and Strategies
HSC 2209 Medical Terminology
HSC 4423 Health Care Systems: Issues and Perspectives
HSC 4700 Health Science Leadership and Health Science Leadership Seminar
 
Associations:
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
o  MHIMA director delegate to the AHIMA House of Delegates, Team Talks and Leadership Conferences, 2002-2008; 2013-2015
o  AHIMA personal health record (PHR) consumer education initiative CSA (MN) trainer, 2005-2009
o  Assembly on Education member, 2000-present
 
Minnesota Health Information Management Association (MHIMA)
o   Board of Directors, 2002-2005; 2013-2015
o   Presidency-elect, president and past president 2005-2008
 
Northeastern Minnesota Health Information Management Association (NEMHIMA); president 2002
 
Affiliations:
St. Scholastica Health Inter-professional Program (SSHIP) HIM faculty representative, 2010-present
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Medical Office Specialist Advisory Committee, 1996-present
Central States College Medical Administrative/Secretary Advisory Board, 2011-present
 
Committees:
HIIM Faculty/Student Committee faculty representative, 2006-present
CSS LGBTQI Faculty/Staff Ally Group, 2010-present
 
 
3. Interests / Specialties
 
Interests include public service presentations pertaining to the personal health record, collaborative interdisciplinary curriculum and human resource studies.
 
 
4. Recent Publications & Presentations
           
Journal Article
 
            Journal of American Health Information Management, “Softer Skill Key to Leadership Position”, June 2003-74/6    
 
Academic Text
 
            LeBlanc, M. & White, A. (2002). Work design and performance improvement. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice (pp. 523-555). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. (2006). Work design and performance improvement. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice, (pp. 647-679). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. (2010). Human resources management. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice (pp. 717-739). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. & Patena, K. (2012). Human resources management. In K. LaTour, S. Eichenwald. & P. Oachs (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice. (pp. 717-759). Chicago: AHIMA.
LeBlanc, M. (2016). Human resources management. In P. Oachs & A. Watters (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice. (pp. 721-748). Chicago: AHIMA.
 
 
 
Conference Proceedings/Presentations
 
MHIMA, presenter
Annual Convention, Rochester, MN
Promoting AHIMA's myPHR Campaign 
April 28, 2016
 
MHIMA, presenter
Annual Convention, Red Wing, MN
Promoting AHIMA's myPHR Campaign 
April 30, 2015
 
MHIMA, presenter
Annual Convention, Bloomington, MN
Promoting AHIMA's myPHR Campaign Utilizing PHRs in The College of St. Scholastica Ireland Study Abroad Program Spring Semester 2012 in an Inter-professional Course
May 2, 2014
 
Northwest Minnesota Health Information Management Association, presenter
Region A Fall Meeting, Fosston, MN
MHIMA Delegate Director report
October 10, 2013 
        
AHIMA Assembly on Education (AoE), presenter
Annual summer meeting, Baltimore, MD
Promoting AHIMA's myPHR Campaign Utilizing PHRs in The College of St. Scholastica Ireland Study Abroad Program Spring Semester 2012 in an Inter-professional Course
 July 23, 2013
 
Minnesota Health Information Management Association (MHIMA), presenter
Annual Convention, Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
May 8, 2009
     
MHIMA, presenter                                                                  
Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN
AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
May 9, 2008
 
AHIMA AoE, co-presenter (Pamela Oachs)                      
Annual summer meeting, Chicago, IL
                      Incorporating New Curriculum Content on Software Technologies and Infrastructure of the Personal Health Records
July 29, 2007
                                                                           
MHIMA, presenter                                                                  
Annual Convention, Treasure Island Resort, Red Wing, MN
AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
May 11, 2007
 
MHIMA presenter                                                                 
Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN
AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
May 5, 2006
 
MHIMA presenter                                                                 
Annual Convention, DECC, Duluth, MN
Personal Health Record Panel
May 13, 2005
 
MHIMA presenter                                                                 
Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN                 
Student track presentation, “New Kids on the Block”
May 7, 2004
 
Delegate updates presentation                                             
NEMHIMA, CSS, Duluth, MN
Region B annual meeting, The College of St. Scholastica 
November 18, 2004
                                               
 
5.  Teaching philosophy
 
Ms. LeBlanc believes learning is a continuous, collaborative engagement between teacher and student.  Teaching is learning’s correlating vocation that a teacher should approach with the intention of connecting the student experience to the practical professional application in memorable and meaningful ways. Her goal as a teacher is to contribute to her students’ formation by providing them with applicable skills for lives of meaningful career realization.
 
                                                                                                                             
 
6. Personal note
 
I’ve been married to my college sweetheart. Larry, for 43 plus years; we are the proud parents of five children (4 boys and 1 girl) with two in Chicago, one in Michigan and two in Duluth, including two beloved grandsons. Music has infiltrated every one of our family members, including singing in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra choir, resident DJs in their respective area night clubs, bands members of the Prone Project here and Sixteen Candles Band in Chicago.
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David Marc, PhD, CHDA

  • 2006 - B.S. in Biology and Psychology - University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • 2011 - Masters of Biological Science - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • 2016 - Ph.D. in Health Informatics - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

David Marc is an associate professor, department chair, and health informatics graduate program director in the health informatics and information management department. Currently, Dr. Marc teaches courses on healthcare data analytics and research. Dr. Marc has a master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in health informatics from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a certification as a health data analyst (CHDA). Dr. Marc has extensive experience working with large healthcare datasets and analytical procedures.  Dr. Marc is an active member of AMIA, AHIMA, and HIMSS and serves on various committees within these professional organizations. Prior to working for St. Scholastica, Dr. Marc was employed at a biotech company where he applied a myriad of analytic approaches to investigate the predictive value of biomarkers for psychiatric diseases. 

Dr. Marc's research interests include the evaluation of health informatics and information management workforce needs and the assessment and development of public data registries. Recent publications include:

Edited Textbooks

  • Marc, David and Ryan Sandefer (Eds.) (2015). Data analytics in healthcare research: Tools and Strategies. Chicago, IL: AHIMA Press.

Peer-Reviewed Publications 

  • Marc, David, Kerryn Butler-Henderson, Prerna Dua, Karima Lalani, Susan H. Fenton (2019). Global workforce trends in health informatics & information management. Studies in health technology and informatics, 264, 1273-1277.
  • Stanfill, Mary & David Marc (2019). Health information management: Implications of artificial intelligence on healthcare data and information management. Yearbook of Medical Informatics, 28(1), 56-64.
  • Khairat, Saif, David Marc, William Crosby, & Ali Al Sanousi (2018). Reasons For Physicians Not Adopting Clinical Decision Support Systems: Critical Analysis. JMIR medical informatics6(2).
  • Althea Mathews & David Marc (2017). Usability Evaluation of Laboratory Information Systems. Journal of Pathology Informatics, 8.
  • Marc, David, James Beattie, Vitaly Herasevich, Laël Gatewood, and Rui Zhang (2016). Assessing metadata quality of a federally sponsored health data repository. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 864-873.
  • Khairat, Saif, Ryan Sandefer, David Marc & Lee Pyles. (2016). A review of biomedical and health informatics education: A workforce training framework. Journal of Hospital Administration, 5,5.
  • Just, Beth, David Marc, Megan Munns & Ryan Sandefer. (2016). Why patient matching Is a challenge: Research on Master Patient Index (MPI) data discrepancies in key identifying fields. Perspectives in Health Information Management 13 (Spring).
  • Marc, David, Rui Zhang, James Beattie, Laël Gatewood, and Saif Khairat (2015). Indexing Publicly Available Health Data with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): An Evaluation of Term Coverage. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 216, 529-33.
  • Sandefer, Ryan, David Marc, and Paul Kleeberg (2015). Meaningful Use Attestations Among US Hospitals: The Growing Rural-Urban Divide. Perspectives in Health Information Management, 1-10.

Trade Journals Publications

  • Sandefer, Ryan & David Marc (2019). Data analytics: The straight-lined labyrinth that entrapped the HIM profession. Journal of the American Health Information Management Association, 90(8), 16-19.
  • Marc, David, & Janet Robertson, Leslie Gordon, Zakevia Green-Lawson, David Gibbs, Kayce Dover & Michelle Dougherty. (2017). What the data says about HIM professional trends. Journal of the American Health Information Management Association, 88(5),5, 24-31.
  • Weinberg, Jason, Stephanie Peterson, David Marc, & Sandefer, Ryan. (2015). Aligning computer-assisted coding and information governance efforts. Journal of the American Health Information Management Association, 86(10), 36-40.
  • Sandefer, Ryan, David Marc, Desla Mancilla, & Debra Hamada. (2015). Survey Predicts Future HIM Workforce Shifts: HIM Industry Estimates the Job Roles, Skills Needed in the Near Future. Journal of the American Health Information Management Association, 86(7), 32-35.
  • Sandefer, Ryan H, Dilhari DeAlmeida, Michelle Dougherty, Desla Mancilla, David Marc. (2014). Keeping Current in the Electronic Era: Data Age Transforming HIM’s Mandatory Workforce Competencies. Journal of the American Health Information Management Association, 85(11), 38-44.
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Pamela Oachs, MA, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA

Ms. Oachs is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management.   She earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Information Management and Master of Arts in Management at the College of St. Scholastica.  Prior to beginning a career in education, she spent over fifteen years in the healthcare industry in the areas of clinical quality improvement, patient access, and information technology.  

Ms. Oachs teaches both in the classroom and online. Courses taught consist of content related to management tools and strategies, workflow and process redesign, clinical quality management, and US healthcare systems.  Ms. Oachs is currently the undergraduate program director in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. 

Ms. Oachs is an active member of AHIMA and MHIMA and has served on the board of directors at both the regional and state levels. She was previously a commissioner on the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM), serves on the editorial board for Perspectives in HIM, and is a peer reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management education (CAHIIM).  She has been a speaker at regional and state HIM association meetings as well as at AHIMA’s national educator’s conference, the Assembly on Education.  She has been a co-editor for the 4th, 5th and upcoming 6th edition of the premiere HIM textbook, Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice.

Ms. Oachs teaching philosophy is to bring theory and academic principles into practice successfully by teaching students to think analytically and critically in the practical setting.

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Ryan Sandefer, PhD

Introduction / Background

PhD University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 

MA University of Wyoming

BA University of Wyoming

Ryan Sandefer received his PhD in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and both his BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Wyoming. 

Ryan began his career conducting research on health information exchange and telehealth at the University of Wyoming’s Center for Rural Health Research and Education.  While at the University of Wyoming, Ryan served as lead researcher for the Wyoming Healthcare Commission’s health workforce study. In 2008, Ryan took a position with the College of St. Scholastica’s Center for Healthcare Innovation where he worked as research coordinator and project manager for several rural health information technology research projects, including projects related to data analytics and population health, voice recognition within the EHR, evidence-based resources at the point of care, and quality reporting directly from the EHR.  

Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations

Ryan is Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of St. Scholastica. His focus is on driving transformation in non-traditional programs through new initiatives, student learning assessment, and data analytics. He currently serves as co-chair of the College's Strategic Planning Steering Committee, he is a member of the College's Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy Team, and he serves on the College's Data Analytics Committee. He is an Associate Professor and the past chair of the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. He teaches Healthcare Data Analytics, Consumer Informatics, and Applied Research Methods. Ryan is an active member with the American Health Information Management Association, Health Information Management Systems Society, and the American Medical Informatics Association.

Interests / Specialties 

Data Analytics, Health Informatics, Health Information Technology, Usability, HIT Implementation Best Practices

Recent Publications

Sandefer, Ryan, Bonnie Westra, Saif Khairat, David Pieczkiewicz & Stuart Speedie. “Personal Healthcare Management: Assessing the Relationship With Chronic Disease Prevalence.” Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Sandefer, Ryan and Stuart Speedie. (2017) Discovering relationships in consumer use of personal health information: A causal modeling approach. Proceedings of Data Mining for Medical Informatics: Causal Inference for Health Data Analytics. Washington D.C.

Watters, Amy, Amy Bergstrom & Ryan Sandefer. (2016). “Patient Engagement and Meaningful Use: Assessing the Impact of the EHR Incentive Program on Cultural Competence in Healthcare.” Journal of Cultural Diversity 23(3).

Khairat, Saif, Ryan Sandefer, David Marc & Lee Pyles. (2016). “A review of biomedical and health informatics education: A workforce training framework.” Journal of Hospital Administration, 5,5.

Just, Beth, David Marc, Megan Munss & Ryan Sandefer. (2016). “Why Patient Matching Is a Challenge: Research on Master Patient Index (MPI) Data Discrepancies in Key Identifying Fields.” Perspectives in Health Information Management 13 (Spring).

Watters, Amy, Amy Bergstrom & Ryan Sandefer. “Patient Engagement and Meaningful Use: Assessing the Impact of the EHR Incentive Program on Cultural Competence in Healthcare.” Journal of Cultural Diversity 23(3).

Sarah, Tupper, Ryan Sandefer & Janelle Wapola. (2015). “Meaningful Use Audits: An Interprofessional Approach.” Journal of Healthcare Information Management, 29, 3, pp. 22-24.

Sandefer, Ryan, Bonnie Westra, David Pieczkiewicz & Stuart Speedie. (2015). “Determinants of Consumer eHealth Information Seeking Behavior.” Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium.

Sandefer, Ryan, David Marc, and Paul Kleeberg. (2015). “Meaningful Use Attestations Among US Hospitals: The Growing Rural-Urban Divide” Perspectives in Health Information Management, 12, 1f eCollection.

Sandefer, Ryan, Saif Khairat, David S. Pieczkiewicz, & Stuart M Speedie. (2015).  “Using Publicly Available Data to Characterize Consumers Use of Email to Communicate with Healthcare Providers.” Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 216: pp. 401-5.

Marc, David and Ryan Sandefer. Data Analytics in Healthcare Research:Tools and Strategies (Eds.). Chicago: AHIMA Press, 2016.

Teaching philosophy

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them

-Albert Einstein

Hard writing makes easy reading

-Wallace Stegner

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Gwen Smith, MEd, RHIA

Gwen Smith, MEd, RHIA is an advisor to students in our online undergraduate Health Information Management Program.  In addition to her advising duties Gwen also occasionally teaches in both our undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Ms. Smith  received her undergraduate degree in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, in 1999.  She received her Masters in Education with a concentration in Online Teaching from The College of St. Scholastica in December 2012.  Her final project for her graduate degree was "The Impact Community has on Student Retention:  Developing a Sense of Community Outside the Classroom Setting". 

Prior to becoming an advisor to online HIM students in 2004, Gwen worked as a Health Information Services and Reimbursement Supervisor, overseeing the medical records and billing staff of SMDC Home Health (now Essentia), based in Duluth, MN.  Ms. Smith played a key role in preparing the department for the conversion to the Medicare prospective payment system for home health as well as leading the Quality Improvement Committee and department QI projects.  Gwen also worked for a durable medical equipment supply company in Duluth, MN.  In that position she was responsible for the human resource management of the billing staff as well as participating in the quality improvement projects for the organization.

Ms. Smith  is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)  and the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA). 

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Janelle Wapola, MA, RHIA

Introduction / Background

BA College of St. Scholastica in 1995 - MA College of St. Scholastica in 2006

Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations

Janelle started her career holding these types of jobs: HIM consulting, operations manager and release of information specialist. Upon her arrival at St. Scholastica in 2003, she became a  Technology Lead, helping to implement the academic electronic health record into the Health Sciences curriculum (The ATHENS Project). After the grant-funded, ATHENS Project was complete; Janelle became a full time faculty, teaching classes in the undergraduate program, both online and face to face.

At the College, she currently serves as the faculty advisor to the Student Health Information Management Association (SHIMA) and in the past has been on various College and department committees such as undergraduate admissions, faculty/student group and IRB.

Additionally she has been a HIT Consultant for the REACH program, serving Minnesota and North Dakota. She is also a member and regularly attends AHIMA, MHIMA and NEMHIMA.

Interests / Specialties

 As she continues to be interested in the various areas associated with the (EHR):  implementation, workflow redesign, privacy & security and meaningful use, she would like to seek out more opportunities for international travel in the HIM arena.

Recent Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Co-author with Danika Brinda, MA, RHIA, of the chapter titled: Electronic Health Record: Applications in Practice. Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practices (4th Ed) published by the American Health Information Management Association.  This text was published in 2013.

Co-author of the textbook entitled, Using the EHR in the Physician Office Practice with two colleagues:  Shirley Eichenwald-Maki, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA and Bonnie Patterson, Ph.D., RHIA. This text was published in 2013.

Co-authored Case Study: The ATHENS Project: Advancing Technology in Healthcare Education Now at St. Scholastica published in Nursing and Informatics for the 21stCentury: An International Look at Practice, Trends and the Future, Second Edition. Edited by Charlotte A. Weaver, RN, PHD, FHIMSS; Connie White Delaney, PHD, RN, FAAN, FACMI; Patrick Weber, RN, MA, and Robyn L. Carr, RGON. Published by the Health Information Management Systems Society, Chicago, IL. 2010.

Speaker, AHIMA's Assembly on Education Annual Meeting, HIM, Meaningful Use and Extension Centers:  A View from the Frontline (July 2012)

Speaker, Northeast Minnesota Health Care Forum, Personal Health Records.  (June, 2012)

Participant, AHIMA Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC.  (March 2012)  

Recognitions:

Co-recipient along with the College of St. Scholastica’s ATHENS Project Team of Health Data Management Editor’s Choice Award for Innovator of the Year for the ATHENS Project, presented at the World Health Innovation and Technology Congress (WHITv4.0) Washington, DC in 2008.

Teaching philosophy

 While developing my teaching philosophy, I believe in emphasizing a healthy balance to life, school and work.  I encourage optimism, compassion and advocacy for those in need.

A Personal Note

My personal joy is in being a mother to Tyler and Daniel and capturing life through pictures. My boys are a whirlwind of energy and knowledge and they teach me many things. The most importantly has been to stop and be in the moment! I am also excited to be a part of international travel with CSS and the HIM Department. My travels to India in January 2011 and Germany 2014 were extraordinary; visiting hospitals, villages, schools and universities. I was very fortunate to be a part of something so unique and interesting! 

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