HIMSS20 Student Case Competition Experience Presentation

January 7, 11:30am, CST - 12:30pm, CST



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The winners of the National HIMSS 2020 Student Case Competition will discuss their experiences participating in the HIMSS20 Student Case Competition. This will be followed by a panel discussion with the student team and their faculty mentors. 

Carole Richardson, Shafiq Islam, Heather Martin, Eddie Groom - Winners of HIMSS20 Student Case Competition
Drs. Sue Feldman and Eta Berner - The University of Alabama at Birmingham - School of Health Professions

Objectives: By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand, at high level, the experience of participating in the HIMSS Student Case Competition
  2. Be familiar with costs, benefits and lessons learned
  3. Have an opportunity to ask any clarifying questions to the student team and their faculty mentors


Eddie Groom is an Embedded Electrical Engineer with over twenty years of professional experience working for industrial and defense organizations. Eddie, a Birmingham native, enjoys finding solutions to challenging problems and learning new things. He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Currently, he is a second-year graduate dual degree student that is enrolled in UAB’s Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics (MSHI) and Executive Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (EMSHA) programs. 

Shafiqul Islam is an IT Project Manager and a first year MSHI student at UAB. He has a wide professional background with experience in public relations and research for non-profit organizations, online content writing and IT project management for higher education, content marketing and sales for startups, and canvassing and outreach for political campaigns. Shafiqul has certifications in Project Management (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, ITIL, Software Testing, and Mendix. 
Heather D. Martin is an Alabama native, Graduate Research Assistant and PhD student in Health Services Administration – Health Informatics at UAB. Heather received her MSBA in finance at Auburn University and has over 10 years of experience working in financial system design, testing, implementation, support, training and financial reporting. She is interested in developing or enhancing technologies to help practitioners and patients and becoming a health services administration and health IT teacher/trainer. Heather’s dissertation focus is findings ways health IT can help people who suffer from substance abuse disorder while also promoting appropriate pain management. 

Carole Richardson is a MSHI student in the Department of Health Services Administration at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Carole is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and informatics pharmacist who graduated from Auburn University with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and currently practices at Emory Healthcare, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. Carole is primarily interested in optimizing transitions of care and understanding the evolving role of big data in the field of population health. 

Eta S. Berner, EdD is University Professor in the Graduate Programs in Health Informatics, Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham.   She is also Director of the UAB Center for Health Informatics for Patient Safety/Quality. Dr. Berner is a Fellow of HIMSS, the American College of Medical Informatics and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. Dr. Berner has served in national leadership positions in professional informatics organizations, and has been on advisory committees and study sections for NIH, NSF and AHRQ and led UAB’s work with ONC on their workforce development grants.