Ivy Tech Community College to hold healthcare information technology summit

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will hold its first internal College Healthcare Information Technology Summit today in Indianapolis.

The summit will bring together key college staff and faculty, in addition to representatives from the business and public sectors, to discuss information technology as it relates to electronic medical records.

At Ivy Tech, the relationship between information technology and healthcare impacts the college’s relationship with key employers, as well as its academic and workforce training programs in health sciences, health information technology, business, information technology and information systems.

“The healthcare industry and its utilization of data is changing rapidly, and our students and corporate clients are heavily impacted,” said Brenda McLane, Corporate Executive of Life Sciences at Ivy Tech.  “It’s very important that we work together with our partners in the business and social sectors to ensure our academic and workforce training programs are in sync with this ever-changing industry.”

Ivy Tech graduates more nurses than any other college in the state of Indiana.  The college has nearly 13,000 students enrolled in its health care programs, which include Nursing, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Care, Radiation Therapy, Physical Therapy, Paramedic Science, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Assisting, Imaging Sciences, Health Information Technology, Health Care Support, Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting.

The morning portion of the summit will include a panel of representatives from Indiana agencies with each panelist addressing issues related to electronic medical records.  Panelists include John Kansky, Vice President of Business Development with the Indiana Health Information Exchange; Andy Vanzee, Statewide Health IT Director for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration; Monica Arrowsmith, IHITECH Director of Purdue University’s Healthcare Technical Assistance Program; and Norma Morganti, Executive Director of the Midwest Community College Consortium.

The afternoon portion of the summit will be an Ivy Tech work session to identify how the college is meeting industry need and how programming can be strengthened and expanded.

The summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be held at the IUPUI University Place Conference Center and Hotel.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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