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Dr. Susie Harris Dr. Harris Publishes Book

Dr. Susie Harris, associate professor from the Department of Health Services & Information Management has a book publication, Managing Health Informatics and Services Operations. This book explores management skills and techniques for undergraduate healthcare students and entry-level professionals pursuing a career in the management of health information management (HIM) departments. 

Unlike other HIM texts which focus on topical areas, this book focuses on the functions found in a health information department and the uniqueness of HIM within the healthcare industry.

Each chapter provides the theoretical foundation for a relevant topic and an applied learning experience that demonstrates a practical application. These include a real-world case study in each section as well as a mini-case study and exercises in each chapter. 

Students will gain a solid foundation in management while recognizing the differences among healthcare environments, such as hospitals, community health centers, long-term care facilities, clinics, and medical offices.

Learn more here:

Dr. Kulesher Participates in "Doctors on Call" segment for WITN

Dr. Robert Kulesher from the Department of Health Services and Information Management served on a panel of health professionals for WITN's "Doctors of Call" segment Sept. 10. Dr. Kulesher answered calls regarding health insurance choices and provided resources for those trying to understand and select the right insurance for their needs. You can view the video interview between Dr. Kulesher and WITN's Lynette Taylor below.


Cellucci Kennedy Svagr Cellucci, Kennedy and Svagr Attend Writer's Workshop
Dr. Leigh Cellucci, Professor and Dr. Mike Kennedy, Associate Professor, of the Department of Health Services and Information Management, along with Kaitlyn Svagr, a rising senior in the Health Services Management Program, attended the 36th Annual Summer Case Writer's Workshop for the Society for Case Research at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC from July 10 – 12, 2014.

Dr. Cellucci is the President-Elect of the Society for Case Research and serves as Editor of the Journal of Case Studies.  She participated as chair, scribe, or discussant for several cases.

Dr. Kennedy presented his case study, "It Costs How Much?", and Kaitlyn Svagr presented her case, "Emergency!! Or Is It?".  Both served as scribe or discussant for other cases.

Harris, Hylock, and Zeng Present in Chicago

Three faculty members in the Department of Health Services and Information Management — Drs. Susie Harris, Ray Hylock and Xiaoming Zeng gave presentations at the 2014 American Health Information Management (AHIMA) Faculty Development Institute/Assembly on Education (FDI/AOE) in Chicago IL. 
Dr. Harris presented "Steps in Starting the Master of Science Degree in Health Informatics and Information Management at East Carolina University". Dr. Hylock presented "Healthcare Database Management and HIM Students: Challenges and Instruction Techniques". Dr. Zeng presented "Flipped Classroom: Using Lecture Capture to Support Classroom Teaching". FDI/AOE is the premier conference for health information educators and the primary forum for leadership in health information management (HIM) education.  

The agenda of the meeting can be found at

CAHS offers new Registered Health Information Administrator Certificate 

Read the latest Health Beat Blog post about the new Registered Health Information Administrator certificate offered by the Department of Health Services and Information Management by clicking here.

Dr. Kulesher Contributes Towards Published Article in Health Communication

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Kulesher from the Department of Health Services and Information Management on his contribution to the recently published article entitled “Physician Communication in the Operating Room.” The article is published in Health Communication and reflects a collaborative effort between two academic units at ECU and three academic units at the University of New Mexico Health Science center. Kristin Kirschbaum, an assistant professor in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at ECU is the lead author and principal investigator.

Nacole - NCHIMA scholarship HSIM Student Awarded Scholarship at Annual Meeting

Nacole T. Everette, RHIA was the recipient of a North Carolina Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA) Scholarship. The $250.00 Scholarship was awarded to one deserving Master's Degree HIM Student. The Scholarship was presented to Nacole at the 2014 NCHIMA 64th Annual Meeting & Coding Roundtable. Nacole is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Health Informatics and Information Management. Congratulations, Nacole!

ECU HSIM Alumni Reception Held at Annual Meeting 
HSIM Basket and Alumni ReceptionAn ECU Alumni Reception was hosted by the Department of Health Services and Information Management at the NCHIMA Annual meeting in Greensboro, NC. Pat Frede, Dr. Xiaoming Zeng, Dr. Susie Harris and Nacole Everette and Christine Keel, MS in HIIM students, spoke at the reception. Kim Bridgers, an MS in HIIM student, won the ECU basket door prize. Congratulations, Kim!

Zeng and Harris Present at Annual Meeting 
Harris and Zeng Present
Dr. Xiaoming Zeng and Dr. Susie Harris presented on Advanced Education in Health Informatics and Information Management: The Field, the Needs and the Programs at the NCHIMA Annual meeting in Greensboro, NC on Wednesday, 4/16/14.

Deepa Padmanabhan HIIM Student featured on Graduate School website

Deepa Padmanabhan, a Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management student, is featured on the Graduate School’s website! Click here to view Deepa’s profile page and be sure to click on the Day in the Life and Gallery tabs to learn more about her and her studies!

HSIM Induction HSIM Students Inducted to Upsilon Phi Delta

The Department of Health Services & Information Management inducted eight total members into Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society. To be inducted into Upsilon Phi Delta, students' GPA must fall in the top 10% of their class. The eight students inducted were Elizabeth Baldwin, Ashley Braxton, Michele Clark, Catherine Guy, Jasmine Harris, Ashley Lackey, Macy Pierce and Neteisha Barrett Stuckey. You can view photos from the induction by clicking here.

HIIM Open House

Open House for Health Informatics and Information 

The Department of Health Services & Information Management will be having a floating open house session for the Master of Science in health informatics and information management program on Thursday, April 3 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This session is for people interested in the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management. Information about the course of study will be available. A brief overview of the application process, funding, scholarship and financial aid will be provided. We plan to have a live stream online and also a recorded session available for those cannot attend in person. The links for these sessions will be sent out in March. If you plan to attend, please complete the registration form at: If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Susie Harris  (

BestBuySeal from getEducated

Health Services Management online program ranked as "Best Buy" by

The Bachelor of Science degree in health services management offered by the Department of Health Services & Information Management was ranked first by as the "Best Affordable Online Bachelor's Degree in Health Science" for students seeking a high quality, affordable online degree. Eight programs in total from ECU were included in the list.


 Dr. Celluci Publishes Textbook

Dr. Leigh CelluciDr. Leigh Cellucci, associate professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management, has recently published a textbook entitled "Healthcare Marketing: A Case Study Approach" by Health Administration Press. The book information could be find here.


Dr. Susie Harris Serves on Discussion at Health Informatics Fair

HI Career Fair Dr. Susie Harris from the College's Department of Health Services and Information Management served on a panel discussion, Transitioning into Health Informatics, at the Health informatics Career & Internship Fair on Friday, October 11, 2013, at the UNC Charlotte’s Center City Campus. The panel also included educators from Health Informatics graduate programs at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte.The bi-annual Health Informatics Career Fair was hosted by five of the state’s prominent universities, East Carolina University, Duke Center for Health Informatics, North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, in the field, and also featured the industry’s leading employers who discussed the incredible job opportunities available today.


Dr. Campbell has journal article published


 Robert J. Campbell, associate professor,has an article published in the October 2013 issue of the Journal of American Health Information Management Association [Vol.84 (10) 42-47] titled, The Five Rights of Clinical Decision Support: CDS Tools Helpful for Meeting Meaningful Use".  


2013 Dean's Awards Announced

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The ECU College of Allied Health Sciences held its annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on Monday, August 19, 2013.  Annual awards for outstanding performance in the areas of Teaching, Service, Research, and Outstanding Staff Personnel were given by Dr. Stephen Thomas, Dean.  Two of the four awards were given to faculty in the Department of Health Services and Information Managment. Awards were presented to:

Outstanding Teaching - Dr. Michael Kennedy, Dept. of Health Services and Information Management

Outstanding Service - Mrs. Myra Brown, Dept. of Health Services and Information Management

Outstanding Research - Dr. Jamie Perry, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Outstanding Staff Personnel - Pattie Wilson-Brown, Dean's Office

The awards were largely based on work done over the last year (July 1 - June 30) with consideration given to work completed in the preceding three years.  Congratulations to our award winners!

August 2013


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Article Published

Bonita Sasnett, EdD and Robert J. Campbell, EdD have an article published in the Spring 2013 edition of the Journal of Health Administration Education titled "The Utility of the Team Notebook as a Teaching Tool for Team Learning" Vol. 30(2) 89-112.

The following excerpt was written by the editor of the Journal Of  Health Administration Education:

Sasnett and Campbell (2013) have an original article in which they share results of an exercise designed to stimulate team development skills in students through the use of a service learning project. Given the heightened interest in team work on the part of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and the need for these skills in day-to-day management activity, this article is a must-read.

August 2013



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