John Richey, MBA, RHIA, program director of the health informatics program at The University of Findlay, was appointed to a two-year term on the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Virtual Lab Strategic Advisory Committee.
According to Richey, the Virtual Lab is a suite of software applications, used by dozens of health informatics and information management academic programs across the country, including UF’s online master of science in health informatics. Students use the Virtual Lab software to gain hands-on experience with today’s most widely used electronic health records and related applications. The goal is to best prepare students with relevant technical skills for meaningful entry into the healthcare workforce.
“I believe it is important for me to help lead AHIMA’s efforts in assuring that the Virtual Lab suite of software is as current as possible, is accessible and affordable, and remains a valuable and viable training tool for our students and others, well into the future,” said Richey.
The committee will provide oversight for lab financial planning and budgeting; lab design and infrastructure planning; and contribute to lab resources, participating in lesson development, providing subject matter expertise and referrals of industry contacts.