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Christine Hudak Joins Kent State SLIS Faculty

Posted Sep. 10, 2012

Christine A. Hudak, Ph.D., RN-BC, CPHIMS, of Cleveland, Ohio, has joined the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Hudak will be a professor of Health Informatics in the school's Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program.

Christine HudakHealth Informatics (HI) is the science that defines how health information is captured, analyzed, transmitted and managed. It focuses on information systems, informatics principles and information technology as it is applied to the continuum of health care delivery. This integrated discipline features specialty domains in management science, management engineering principles, health care delivery and public health, patient safety, information science and computer technology.

Kent State offers both master's degree and graduate certificate options in the HI concentration, which was launched in 2011 under the leadership of Michael O. Bice, a health care administrator whose experience includes academic medical centers and multi-state health systems. Hudak will take over as concentration coordinator when Bice retires at the end of this year.

Hudak brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in the health care field, including numerous teaching and instructional development roles. She was involved in the first information system implementation at Cleveland's MetroHelth Medical Center in 1985 and continued to advance professionally and academically in that field. Most recently she served as associate professor, director of the MSN in Nursing Informatics Program and director of Nursewebtm at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland. 

As a widely recognized author, co-author and invited presenter on matters relating to health informatics, Hudak most recently published "Development and testing of nurses information system benefits instrument" in Perspectives in Health Information Management (2011) and "Information systems use, benefits, and satisfaction among Ohio RNs" in CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing (2011). She also serves as a peer reviewer for Journal of Nursing Measurement, Journal of Professional Nursing, Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Journal of Healthcare Information Management, among others. Her current research interests are educational technology in health care education, university based training for health information technology, use of emerging technologies in the delivery of health care, and consumer informatics.

Hudak's professional affiliations include the American Medical Informatics Association, the American Nursing Informatics Association, the American Society of Health Informatics Managers, and the National Institutes of Health Informatics in Canada, to name a few. She has been recognized by Who's Who in Medicine & Healthcare, Who's Who in America's Teachers, Who's Who in American Women and Who's Who in America. In 2011 she received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award given by the Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council of Case Western Reserve University.

After receiving her B.S.N. from Case Western University, Hudak received her M.Ed. in postsecondary education at Cleveland State University (CSU), focusing on adult learning, curriculum development and instructional design. Her post-master's work in post-secondary education at CSU involved a concentration in educational administration and computer uses in education. She received her Ph.D. from CSU in urban education administration.

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University has the only American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree program in Ohio, offering courses in Kent, Columbus (State Library of Ohio) and through a fully online option. SLIS also offers a Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management and participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the College of Communication and Information. The school is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's top 20 LIS graduate programs, with a youth librarianship program that is ranked 13th. It is one of the largest library schools in the country, with more than 650 students enrolled.  For more information, visit www.kent.edu/slis

Media contact:
Flo Cunningham
fcunning@kent.edu
330-672-0003