Health Informatics

Faculty

Susan Hahn-Reizner

MHI Interim Faculty Director: Susan Hahn-Reizner

Interim Faculty Director for the Master of Health Informatics program in SPS. 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.

Eric Abbott

Eric B. Abbott is a seasoned technology executive with a deep understanding of healthcare IT and telecommunications infrastructure. Eric is Director, Clinical Applications, Patient Experience and Mobility at Aurora Health Care, an integrated healthcare delivery network serving all of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. There, he leads the corporate mobility solutions practice to modernize and improve care delivery services. Prior to this, Eric led Product Management and Strategic Business Development initiatives at various high technology companies focused on the healthcare, public safety, and commercial enterprise markets. Eric also co-created and teaches the Consumer eHealth graduate course in the Master of Health Informatics program offered by Northwestern University.

Eric holds a Master of Science degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers (DAPE), and the Professional Engineering of Ontario (PEO). In his free time, Eric enjoys music, sailing and astronomy. Eric resides in Metropolitan Chicago, IL.

Currently teaching:Consumer eHealth

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

Andy Chang

Andy Chang is an interdisciplinary environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Headquarters Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards based in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. His duties comprise of developing policy and advising Regional Offices for how to best address states' requirements under the Federal Clean Air Act. Prior to joining the EPA's RTP office, Andy spent six years in the Great Lakes Regional Office in Chicago, Illinois. Andy's professional interests include population health, and one of his early research posts with Northwestern University's Department of Preventive Medicine aimed to correlate incidents of atherosclerosis caused by exposure to air pollution with different ethnic groups. He is the recipient of the 2010 Trudy A. Speciner Non-Supervisory Award for Advancing Environmental Protection. Andy was in the inaugural class of students in the MMI program at its inception in 2006. His thesis was entitled, "Discrete Event Simulations: Benefits, Analysis, and Implications of Dedicated Fast Track Settings in an ED Setting". He also holds a BS in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University.

Currently teaching:American Health Care System

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:Introduction to Clinical Thinking
Health Care Organization Operations

Mark Clare

Mark Clare, founder of New Value Streams Consulting, has more than 20 years of experience in knowledge management, strategic change and informatics with Fortune 200 companies, including 3M and Allstate. His previous executive positions include vice president of knowledge and informatics management at Parkview Health, a nine-hospital system in northeast Indiana. Clare is author of many publications, including the book Knowledge Assets and a series of articles in KM Review on “Solving the Knowledge-Value Equation.” He holds a patent in artificial intelligence and has several more patents pending. Clare has an MS in physics, an MA in analytic philosophy and a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Currently teaching:Foundations of Leadership

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:Capstone Project
Legal, Ethical and Social Issues
Emerging Federal Regulation & Policy

Melinda Jenkins

Melinda Jenkins has more than 25 years of clinical experience as a family nurse practitioner, mostly in federally funded inner-city community health centers. She has taught for more than 15 years at the graduate level. Jenkins directed the adult nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner programs at the University of Pennsylvania. She also taught in and codirected a federally funded project to teach informatics to nurse practitioner students at Columbia University and nursing research at Seton Hall University. She was coordinator of consumer informatics in the New York City Department of Health’s mental hygiene primary-care information project, promoting, implementing and evaluating a patient portal to an outpatient electronic health record being used by more than 2,000 Medicaid providers. Her research interest is the application of informatics in primary-health care, including electronic documentation for providers and consumers, the use of standardized terminology and decision support related to quality of care. Jenkins received her PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Currently teaching:Capstone Project

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

William Lester

William Lester is the MPPA faculty director and a scholar of political science and public administration. His research interests include leadership and ethics, public administration, disaster response, organizational theory, public personnel, and American politics. He has published in Public Administration Review and The Public Manager, among other journals, and is on the editorial board of Public Voices. He has a book forthcoming in the American Society for Public Administration series entitled Transformation and Leadership in Disaster Response. Lester was named a 1999 Civitas Scholar and was also a 2009 participant in Minnowbrook III. Recently, Lester was named a Fulbright scholar, teaching and researching in Moscow. He received his MPA and PhD from Texas Tech University with specializations in public administration, American politics, and political theory.

Currently teaching:Foundations of Leadership

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

Russell Roberson

Russell Roberson is vice president of quality and regulatory affairs for a global medical company, assuring that products and services are designed, manufactured, distributed, and serviced properly. He has responsibility for an extensive portfolio of healthcare software products in both medical (pharmacy, imaging, electronic medical records, and prescription management products) and nonmedical (financial and data-privacy products) device areas affected by global regulation. Roberson is a frequent speaker at global conferences on such topics as software design processes, regulatory affairs, and quality management systems. A licensed professional engineer, he holds professional certifications in engineering, auditing, and management; is active in several professional societies; and sits on his college fraternity’s national board of trustees. Among his publications are two books on leadership and cancer management. Roberson has a doctorate in business administration and management, an MBA degree, and a MS in mechanical engineering.

Currently teaching:Foundations of Leadership

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