Our Practitioner Faculty

Kent State University is proud to offer a collaborative and rewarding online learning environment that is brought to you by our award-winning practitioner faculty1, who are dedicated to delivering the best possible learning experience to help you advance your career.

Mara Daiker

Mara Daiker, MS, RHIA, CPHIMS, SHIMSS has been an adjunct instructor for the Health Informatics program since 2020. In addition, Daiker is the Director of Professional Development at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Dr. Yi Hong

Yi Hong, Ph.D., has been an adjunct instructor in Kent State’s iSchool since 2018. In addition to teaching, Dr. Hong works as an Integration Data Architect in a health data analytics company. She has over 20 years of practical experience working with health data to improve outcomes and efficiency of healthcare through data modeling and analysis, data transformation and standardized terminology services. She has enjoyed sharing her extensive experience with students in iSchools.

Dr. Hong holds a doctorate degree in Biomedical and Health Informatics from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Her research interests focus on big data modeling and mining, information architecture, standardized terminologies and controlled vocabularies, clinical decision support, information organization and knowledge representation. Honors include the New Investigator Award of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine and the Graduate of the Last Decade Award of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has developed courses in standardized terminologies in healthcare, information organization and knowledge management which integrate theory with real world applications.

Marcia Lei Zeng

Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., is a professor in The School of Information at Kent State University. She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Information Sciences at University of Pittsburgh (USA) and an MA from Wuhan University (China). Her major research interests include knowledge organization systems (taxonomy, thesaurus, ontology, etc.), Linked Data, metadata and markup languages, database quality control, multilingual and multicultural information processing, and digital libraries for cultural objects.

Her scholarly publications consist of more than 80 papers and five books, as well as about 200 national and international conference presentations, invited lectures and keynote speeches. She was the PI and Co-PI of two National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Science Digital Library (NSDL) projects. She currently is the PI of an IMLS-funded Linked Data project. In 2014, she was elected inaugural chair of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) Advisory Board. Also in 2014, Zeng was recognized by Kent State University for Outstanding Research and Scholarship, and in 2016, she received the President’s Faculty Excellence Award from Kent State President Beverly Warren.

Rebecca Meehan

Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of health informatics (HI) at Kent State University, where she teaches Human Factors & Usability in HI, Inquiry and Assessment in HI, and Health Information Systems. Professor Meehan earned a BS in Biology at St. Mary’s College and then went on to Case Western Reserve University for both her MA and Ph.D. in Medical Sociology and Gerontology.

Professor Meehan is a health informaticist with over 20 years of experience in applied research in health and aging. She has been the project director and senior research associate at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Department of Sociology, St. Elizabeth Hospital, and Innovative Designs in Environments for an Aging Society (IDEAS, Inc.). Her work in academic research is complimented by industry knowledge in software development. She’s worked in the industry as a product manager and usability researcher for Intuit, Inc. for global enterprise-level software systems. She also consulted independently (Meehan Group, LLC) on usability projects for U.S. and global clients in healthcare and wellness. These experiences allow her to bring a unique perspective for her students and research as having both academic and industry experience in health information technology (HIT).

The focus of professor Meehan’s research in health informatics is improving usability of health information technology (HIT), with special attention to HIT’s use in long-term, post-acute care settings. She is the author of several publications and has presented at both national and international conferences. Meehan is an active member of the HL7 EHR Usability Workgroup, LeadingAge Center for Healthcare Technologies (CAST), Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES), the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

John Sharp

John Sharp, MSSA, FHIMSS, has been Adjunct Faculty in the Health Informatics Master’s Program at Kent State University since 2012. He developed and frequently teaches Clinical Analytics I and II.

John recently retired as the Director of Thought Advisory for the Personal Connected Health Alliance, a HIMSS innovation company. Before working with HIMSS, Sharp had years of experience managing research informatics at Cleveland Clinic and at the Clinical and Translation Science Collaborative. In addition to producing white papers and blog posts on digital health, he advises startups through incubators and challenge competitions. He is the author of several book chapters and journal articles on digital health.

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Featured Articles

June 03, 2022
In this article, we explore the benefits and challenges of medical technology, and what it will take to build a highly-skilled workforce and robust medical device security that can take us into the future for a fully interconnected, healthier and safer world.
April 21, 2022
The term “telemedicine” describes the provision of remote medical assistance via telephone or video in times when a doctor cannot meet with a patient in person. Historically, with medical care commonly regarded as a practice that benefits most from in-person treatment for full efficacy, telemedicine has generally been considered a last resort.
April 12, 2022
Innovative digital technologies in the healthcare field are enhancing every aspect of healthcare delivery, providing secure and seamless flows of information between patients and healthcare providers. When a provider collects clinical data on a patient, it is stored in electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs are created, managed and reviewed on an EHR platform designed to share information across a full spectrum of healthcare organizations.
January 03, 2022
In recent years, medical and technological advancements and the digitization of health data have transformed healthcare. Until now, however, medical professionals around the world relied on an outdated and “siloed” method to track diseases.
December 13, 2021
Kent State’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics program is a candidate for CAHIIM accreditation. Learn more about CAHIIM and what this accreditation candidacy status means for our program and for you and your career development.
October 05, 2021
The scope and importance of patient advocacy have expanded in recent years to become an integral component in many healthcare settings. Instead of being something that doctors or nurses would do for their patients when they can set aside a few minutes, patient advocacy has evolved into a career that many pursue today.
September 13, 2021
ROI, or, return on investment, is a basic calculation used by organizations or individuals to determine the value gained from a certain effort. You may be familiar with the term as something relating to the world of business more than healthcare.
June 21, 2021
The healthcare industry is evolving quickly in response to heightened expectations for improved accessibility and greater security. At the same time, the demand for health informatics specialists has grown, too, as meticulous minds are needed to gather, analyze, catalogue and qualify patient and provider data. For graduates of our online health informatics programs, the field of opportunity is vast, and considerable job growth is projected across the next decade.
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