New England HIMSS Scholarship Information
2022 - 2023 Recipient
Kristen Seseske -Charter Oak State College
Kristen currently works an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist at Yale-New Haven Health in Connecticut. In 2019 Kristen was offered an opportunity to join and co-chair an Epic optimization committee for her health system. She quickly realized she found satisfaction and joy in helping clinicians improve their efficiency in documenting within their EHR. After over 20 years of direct patient care, Kristen was ready for a new professional challenge. She researched degrees that would best blend her love of patient care with her new interest in developing EHRs to better serve both clinicians as well as patients. In the spring of 2022 Kristen enrolled in Charter Oak State College’s Health Informatics master’s degree program. Kristen finds the course content both interesting and challenging as she is new to the technological side of healthcare. Following graduation, Kristen plans to apply for positions that will allow her to use her experience as a clinician as well as her new knowledge in health informatics.
2021 - 2022 Recipient
Melissa Blake - University of Connecticut
Melissa currently works full time as an IT Application Analyst at UConn Health in Farmington, CT. Her work focuses primarily on the Radiant application within the Epic integrated medical record. She is also a Graduate Student in the University of Connecticut Part-Time MBA Program and is pursuing dual MBA degree concentrations in Health Care Management and Business Law and Ethics.
2019 - 2020 Recipient
Sakshi Chhaperwal - Massachusetts
Sakshi is a Graduate Student in Health Informatics at Northeastern University and has been an active contributor to the medical analytics community from her days of internship with eminent practitioners in Public Health Dentistry Department at Shri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science. She recognized the importance of data-driven decision making in medical research at a very young age and intends to branch out in Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare Organizations. Her academic projects have illustrated extensive use of hypothesis testing, multivariate regression techniques, supervised and unsupervised machine learning to predict the factors influencing the presence of heart diseases. She is proficient with latest tools that are popularly used in the Machine Learning community and also happens to be an enthusiastic author on the applications of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Healthcare.
In her time outside of academics, she enjoys mentoring students and has served as a Teaching Assistant for a Graduate level course on Introduction to Health Data Analytics under Prof. Holly Jimison at Northeastern University’s Khoury college of Computer Science and Bouve College of Health Sciences.
Asma Ahmed – Connecticut
Sacred Heart University
Asma is set to embark on an internship at St. Vincent's Heath Partners which is the consulting group for St. Vincent's Medical Center. Working with Industry professionals such as Dr. Thomas Raskauskas and Dr. Michael Hunt, Asma will be given the chance to work on applicable projects for the organization. Currently a variety of projects such as Population Health Management and Telemedicine are available for her to choose for the duration of her internship. By the completion of her project she will be exposed to data analytics and applications for data exchange.
A graduate of Iqra University with a Bachelors of Media Sciences in Advertising, Asma is currently completing a Masters of Science in Healthcare Informatics at Sacred Heart University.
John Murray – Connecticut
Sacred Heart University
John is currently completing an internship at St Francis Care in Hartford, CT. Throughout the internship John will be working with the St Francis' Director of ICD10 Implementation, gaining firsthand knowledge on project design and implementation through the project lifecycle. The overall goal of the internship is to become sensitized and fluent in a variety of technical, operational, financial, regulatory and human resource challenges posed by technical innovation in a clinical delivery environment.
John has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics, and is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
Safiya Jardine – Massachusetts
Safiya is currently completing an internship in clinical research at the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As part of her internship, Safiya is assisting with a systematic review on patient safety & coaching. This project focuses on the impact of healthcare IT and various coaching methods implemented by clinicians to promote patient safety and ongoing clinician-patient communication.
A graduate of Lesley University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management, Safiya is currently completing a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics at Northeastern University.
Dianne Collins, RN – New Hampshire
Western Governors University
A Registered Nurse licensed in New Hampshire and Vermont; Dianne currently serves as Clinic Coordinator for the Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice. Providing assessment, teaching, specified treatments and health promotion education to a predominately geriatric population. Dianne has held several clinical roles within New England healthcare organizations including Springfield Community Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
A graduate of River Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, Dianne is currently completing a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare informatics at Western Governors University.