MIAMI — October 1, 2012 — The Chief Technology Officer of CareCloud, a Miami-based provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing software and services for medical practices, headed back to school at Florida International University (FIU) the other day. Tom Packert showed up for class in the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems program, but not as a student. Instead, he came to launch a unique partnership between CareCloud and FIU that will let students in the Master’s program access CareCloud Charts, its electronic health record software, as if they were physicians or practice administrators with their own practices.
“My students are eager to learn about medical informatics, so access to first class health care software like CareCloud optimizes their educational opportunity.”
Mr. Packert described CareCloud’s holistic approach to the health care system, explaining the company’s perspectives on how to create and deploy a modern technology infrastructure in an industry that often runs on solutions built three or four decades ago. He also lectured the students on cybersecurity and defusing the threats posed by hackers and cybercriminals, showing them an online application that he uses to encrypt all of his website logins. For this HIPAA-compliant class, his advice was well-received.
Ian Bjorsvik, CareCloud’s EHR specialist, then provided an overview of the electronic health record and practice management systems. As part of the new partnership, each student in the class will be given a login and full access to all of CareCloud’s software features, just as medical staff in a clinic would have. This new program will enable FIU students to work with the latest electronic health record technology for a unique perspective on how technology can impact every aspect of a medical practice.
“The partnering between FIU and CareCloud is an example of how a major institution of education can work with local, innovative companies to prepare students for leadership positions once they graduate. By integrating health care management with training in the use of health information technology, FIU is working proactively to prepare a cohort of Master’s students for their role as agents of transformation in health care delivery,” said Faculty Director, MS HI&MS, Prof. Neera Bhansali. “This program combines practical applications of health information theories and concepts for more effectively managing an organization’s resources and improving the delivery of health care services.”
“We are thrilled to partner with FIU on this exciting new collaboration that will allow its students access to our cloud-based platform. These students represent the next wave of healthcare professionals who will demand that all technology be as intuitive and easy to use as Facebook and Twitter – accelerating the industry’s current move away from antiquated stand-alone software and toward cloud-based technologies,” said Albert Santalo, Chairman and CEO of CareCloud. “ Given the growth of our platform, we envision working with additional universities to create a modern healthcare ecosystem and spur innovation.”
Most of the students in the new FIU Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems program are health care professionals. With the hands-on experience of using the CareCloud software, they stand to gain valuable knowledge in the technology of health care’s future. Class instructor, Dr. Christopher Sullivan, notes “My students are eager to learn about medical informatics, so access to first class health care software like CareCloud optimizes their educational opportunity.”
About Florida International University, Chapman Graduate School of Business
The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems is designed for health care professionals who desire to increase their knowledge of health information management and improve their skills in health information technology. Each course is designed to integrate information technology and management principles with healthcare delivery processes. For more information visit: http://business.fiu.edu/chapman/mshims/