University of Alabama at BirminghamHIMSS Winning Team All Three MembersCandis Riggs, Jeffrey DeGarmo and Jason Bains students Jason Bains, Jeffrey DeGarmo and Candis Riggs placed third in the inaugural Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Student Case Competition. All three students are first-year students in the School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Informatics program.

HIMSS designed the competition for teams to demonstrate proficiency and understanding of the broad knowledge that encompasses health information technology. Every team received a HIMSS-supplied case study to analyze and asked to “design the future” of transformative care.

The Bains-DeGarmo-Riggs team provided suggestions on the future state of health information technology for the organization, why those changes need to occur, and they provided insights into how to achieve the goal of future organization success.

“I am so proud of this team of first-year MSHI students who worked tirelessly to create a forward-thinking case response that was very real and heartwarming,” said Sue Feldman, RN, Ph.D., director, Graduate Programs in Health Informatics and UAB team faculty advisor.

The students researched impacts to workflow, people, workforce, current designs, redesigns and beyond to ensure that the future state is achievable. Their responses included an alignment of strategy to value by showing the achievement of both quality and financial metrics.

The Bains-DeGarmo-Riggs team also delivered perspectives on how to engage public policy perspective from both the State and the Federal perspective for the transformation of this organization’s health IT agenda to a beacon, representing a benchmark for other organizations to follow.