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Students Organize Professional Development Seminar


Health information technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology, who in the world of work will likely be tasked with arranging professional development opportunities for their employees, got that experience by orchestrating a Health Information Technology Seminar for other students.

“It gives them a feel for how to set up a training,” said Daniel K. Christopher, assistant professor of business administration: health information technology and department head. Christopher teaches the Health Information Management course, a capstone class for the college’s health information technology associate-degree major.

Penn College graduate Taylor C. Biery, who received a degree in health information management in 2013, talks about her work during a Health Information Technology Seminar organized by students at the college.
Penn College graduate Taylor C. Biery, who received a degree in health information management in 2013, talks about her work during a Health Information Technology Seminar organized by students at the college.

The 4.5-hour event included eight speakers from a variety of health information professions, including several alumni and representatives of the Central Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association.

The event provides students attending the seminar with an opportunity to gain advice and encouragement from those already working in the health information field.

“I feel like a detective,” 2013 Penn College graduate Taylor C. Biery told attendees, when she examines electronic health records and finds that a patient has been diagnosed for a condition but is not being treated for it. Her work has also included traveling to various sites in a large health care system to teach others how to use an electronic health records software system. She has also educated physicians, case managers and CEOs on the importance of complete patient records.

“I like being creative and like helping people,” she said.

Students did all the seminar preparation, choosing the types of presentations and inviting presenters, determining a location, and planning the lunch that accompanied the session.

The 18 students who organized and ran the seminar are: Nicole E. Atkins, of Warren; Emily C. Aukerman, of Lewisburg; Gabrielle J. Battle, of Annville; Amanda J. Berger, of Lewisburg; Alana C. Brandt, of Williamsport; Kristen M. Dreese, of Selinsgrove; Jessica L. Kelly, of Dushore; Chelsea L. Manning, of Williamsport; Ashley M. Mayhew, of Clearfield; Victoria L. Nau, of Jersey Shore; Robin R. Reidell, of Avis; Haylie N. Shaffer, of Williamsport; Brittany K. Sosar, of Berwick; Kaitlyn A. Specht, of Lewisburg; Rachel L. Waits, of Shoemakersville; Hannah D. Weightman, of Muncy Valley; Michael S. Wert, of Danville; and Danielle L. Worthington, of Kansas City, Missouri.

Penn College offers an associate degree in health information technology and a bachelor’s degree in health information management. The final two years’ worth of bachelor’s degree courses are offered online. The degrees prepare students to impact patients and the health care field through records, coding and data management. Graduates of the associate degree are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician exam. Bachelor’s degree graduates are eligible for the Registered Health Information Administrator exam.

Health information professionals work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, government agencies and work-from-home.

To learn more, call 570-327-4519.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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