Health Informatics

Faculty

Faisal Akkawi

Faisal Akkawi is the faculty director of the Master of Science in Information Systems Program. His area of specialization is software architecture for concurrent systems, and his research interests also include reactive/adaptive intelligent systems and design issues of concurrent programming languages. Selected for the NASA Faculty Fellowship Program in 2003, Akkawi designed and implemented a framework that was used in the advanced diagnostic and caution and warning system for the International Space Station. He has an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Currently teaching:Telecommunications and Computer Networks
Database Systems Design and Implementation

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson manages the day-to-day operations for all surgical, professional and imaging services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as vice president of operations. Anderson’s leadership helped bring process improvement, measurement and monitoring skill sets to the large, urban academic medical center. Anderson previously was a certified Six Sigma Black Belt for General Electric Company, employing his process improvement skills within the financial services sector, and a nuclear officer for the US Navy. He received an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.

Currently teaching:Health Care Organization Operations

Debra Brucker

Debra Brucker has more than 15 years of social and health policy research experience, conducting empirical research, needs assessments, program evaluations and qualitative research for a variety of federal, state and nonprofit organizations. Brucker has held research positions within state government, academic institutions and private organizations. She currently studies the economic well-being of persons with disabilities as a researcher affiliated with the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. A resident of Maine, she serves on its Governor’s Commission on Disability and Employment and State Rehabilitation Council. Brucker received a PhD in urban planning and public policy from Rutgers University and a master of public administration from the University of Delaware.

Currently teaching:Introduction to Biostatistics

Gaurav Chaturvedi

Dr. Gaurav Chaturvedi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine-Hospital Medicine, Associate IT Director for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, and Physician Advisor / Medical Director, Clinical Documentation and Coding.

We all enjoy “teaching,” but we are at a cross-roads – knowledge is expanding much faster than our abilities to embrace it and apply it successfully. Simply adding more material and time to the curriculum is not an effective strategy. Effective education is a must for a new generation of learners. For example, doubling time of medical knowledge has gone from 50 years in the 1950s to 3.5 years in 2010, it is estimated that it will be 0.2 years by 2020. By the time today’s undergraduate medical students finish residency training, there will be nearly 3 doublings in medical knowledge. The availability of knowledge has leveled the playing field between patients, students and faculty. Just in time learning has to become fundamental. We can work smarter by collaborating. Social interactions and connections strengthen our successes.

I am a die-hard Northwestern Wildcats fan– you’ll find me at home games (and the occasional bowl game).

Currently teaching:Health Care Organization Operations

Robert Cundick

Robert Cundick has more than 35 years of experience developing medical software. He is currently a senior software developer at the University of Utah School of Medicine where he writes applications to support the school's educational and administrative needs. Prior to that, he spent 17 years at Huntsman Cancer Institute, developing applications for order tracking and data management for the DNA sequencing lab; for sample annotation and management of laboratory RNAi feeding experiments and chemical screens; and for analysis and data management for a breast cancer bioclassifier test. His early career focused on microprocessor-based operating systems for hospital blood analyzers at Technicon Instruments Corp. Beginning in 1987 Cundick worked closely under Homer R. Warner, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, on the development of Iliad, an expert medical diagnosis system. In 1992 he joined Applied Medical Informatics, a spinoff company formed for the commercial development of Iliad, and helped develop a consumer-oriented product called Medical HouseCall. Cundick earned his PhD from the Department of Medical Biophysics and Computing (now Biomedical Informatics) at the University of Utah.

Currently teaching:Decision Support Systems

Susan Hahn Reizner

Susan Hahn-Reizner is an attorney and health law analyst with more than 20 years of experience in the legal, regulatory, and policy landscape that drives health systems. In federal service, Hahn-Reizner wrote regulatory provisions and data use agreements governing health care reform for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). She has served as policy lead for eHealth programs authorized by Congress in the Affordable Care Act and HITECH. Other DHHS collaborations have included the DHHS Innovation Center’s Partnership for Patients, a diverse nationwide public-private initiative to improve health care quality, safety, and affordability. On taskforces with State Attorneys General, DHHS Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice, and other government stakeholders, Hahn-Reizner has collaborated on nationwide strategies to leverage HIT and data analytics for health care program integrity and sustainability. Focused on safeguarding individual privacy and data security, she has developed federal policies, procedures, training, and outreach to implement the HIPAA Privacy Rule. She serves as a regulatory compliance consultant to both private and public sector organizations and is designated a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional by the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Hahn-Reizner has authored content published in books, articles, and online alerts on public health program policies and financing. A DHHS Fellow since 2012, Hahn-Reizner is an alumna of Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago / Kent College of Law and is licensed to practice in Illinois.

Currently teaching:Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues

Imran Khan

Imran Khan currently serves on the leadership team at AbbVie, a large Bio-Pharmaceutical research firm (formerly Abbott Laboratories) located in the Chicagoland area, and provides strategic direction and pragmatic insights for developing innovative technology solutions to enable healthcare providers and patients manage advanced medication therapies for some of the world’s most complex diseases. Previously, Imran worked for Advocate Health Care where he led the Electronic Health Records implementation, Meaningful Use, and Patient-Centered Medical Home teams for the largest community of hospital-affiliated physicians in the United States. In other roles, Imran worked for GE Healthcare and Walgreens where he developed and supported several clinical and pharmaceutical applications. Additionally, Imran served on the Greater Chicago Chapter HIMSS Board of Directors for several years and continues to work with student communities and healthcare IT professionals in their professional development. Imran earned his BS in computer engineering from the University of Illinois, MS in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, and an MBA with a concentration in Information Systems and Strategic Management) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Currently teaching:Health Care Organization Operations
Fundamentals of Health Informatics

Melanie Meyer

Melanie Meyer is a research director in the Gartner healthcare strategic advisory services group. Her research focuses on revenue cycle, integration of clinical and financial systems, analytics, ICD-10, computer assisted documentation and coding as well as patient engagement. She has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and technology with specific expertise in the successful integration of healthcare information systems with improved business operational processes. Meyer also currently serves on the AHIMA Consumer Engagement Practice Council and the CHIA Editorial Advisory Board. She has spoken at several industry conferences on healthcare topics, published insights in industry journals, and contributed to key industry-wide research efforts. She received a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland, University College.

Currently teaching:HIT Standards and Interoperability
Decision Support Systems

Raymond Robinson

Raymond Robinson is an informatics and reporting senior manager at Philips in the research and development department working to extend Telemedicine across the healthcare continuum. His research interests include patient safety, healthcare quality improvement and Telemedicine. He concurrently holds an adjunct professorship with University of Maryland Baltimore County. Prior to these positions he began his medical research training working with Dr. Peter Pronovost’s team at the Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Group (QSRG) on his international, On the CUSP: STOP BSI campaign. Since that time Robinson has authored several manuscripts and book chapters around healthcare quality improvement and patient safety. Robinson received his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine while also pursuing an MPH in clinical investigation, biostatistics and epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health where he completed a thesis study on “Airway Management by a Difficult Airway Response Team." Robinson then became interested in the business of healthcare and quality improvement, so took time out to pursue an MBA degree at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Currently teaching:Information System Acquisition and Lifecycle

Christian Wallis

Christian Wallis is currently the director of physician practice management at Advocate Medical Group in the Chicagoland region where he leads a team of 38 physicians and 65 support staff in multiple pediatric subspecialties. His research interests include health systems, information management, leadership, organizational behavior and strategic planning. Prior to his current position, Wallis spent 21 years as an officer in the United States Navy where he served in numerous executive positions in the group practice, hospital and insurance settings. He earned his certification as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2010 and actively participates in the local Regents Advisory Council. In 2012, he was selected as an examiner for the US Department of Commerce, Malcolm Baldrige program which oversees the nation's only Presidential award for performance excellence. He received his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and doctorate in healthcare administration from Central Michigan University.

Currently teaching:HIT Standards and Interoperability