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.

Paul Ylvisaker

Paul Ylvisaker is an exceptional registered nurse who seeks the privilege of utilizing education, nursing skills and life experience to deliver quality, patient-centered care to patients across the developmental lifespan. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of health informatics in the The School of Information at Kent State University. Ylvisaker received his MS in Nursing from the University of Arizona, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate in the same field. He also received his JD from the Saint Louis University School of Law and his BS in Business Management from Maryville University.

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Featured Articles

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.
June 03, 2021
With new technologies and improved business models, healthcare organizations can focus on a patient-centered approach to care. However, each improvement requires data to ensure consistent experiences and calculated actions.
May 27, 2021
The paradigm of patient care is changing. A wealth of technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), three-dimensional printing, precision medicine, augmented and virtual reality, telemedicine and genomics can now be integrated into care delivery, leading to reduced costs and increased precision and efficiency.
May 25, 2021
Population Health is a relatively new term in the healthcare industry, and depending on who you speak to; it has different definitions. Dr. Larry Mullins, President and CEO of Samaritan Health Services, sums it up nicely in this quote: "Some would define it as determining the health of a defined group or population using health care modifiers to help make that determination. An easier answer might be just taking care of our family, friends and neighbors on a larger scale.”1
April 28, 2021
As the field of technology and our ability to gather information have grown, healthcare experts have come to depend more and more on data and technology as they treat patients. The quantity of information and the means of collecting it continue to expand, and the crucial tasks of interpreting, analyzing and implementing information in treatment plans falls to clinical informaticists.
March 03, 2021
Healthcare informatics is a burgeoning industry in the U.S. and around the world, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.8% over the next seven years. This will bring the overall industry valuation to $511.06 billion by 2027, driven by strong competition and innovation amongst health informatics companies.1
February 18, 2021
Catch up with Assistant Professor Rebecca Meehan. Her diverse interests—in gerontology and technology, among other fields—have combined to make her an expert in health information technology and a rich asset to the Kent State faculty. Here, she speaks about her background and current research, her favorite parts of teaching and life away from classes, and her encouragement for students to go beyond classes in the iSchool.

1 Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from himssconference.org/updates/himss-most-influential-women-health-it-awards-meet-2019-recipients

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