HIMSS AEP Informational Webinar

January 22, 2020

Is your program interested in being part of an exclusive group authorized to offer HIMSS-approved training and education? If so, look no further than the HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP) program. The HIMSS AEP designation demonstrates that an organization meets or exceeds HIMSS’ quality educational programming standards and can deliver world-class, effective health information and technology training and education. Organizations that can benefit from the prestige and global attention of the AEP designation may be found in academia, consulting firms, vendor organizations, and others in both the non-profit or for-profit sector.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe what the AEP program is, including a discussion of the benefits that organizations can expect by participating in the program.
  • Outline the process to become an AEP.
  • Recognize current AEPs in the program and hear from two current program participants who will define the value proposition of the program.


Mara Daiker, MS, CPHIMS, RHIA, SHIMSS, Director, Professional Development, HIMSS

Debra Wolf, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, FAAOHN, Director, Healthcare Informatics Program, Chatham University, School of Health Sciences

Stephen Burrows, DPM, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Chair, Program Director and Faculty, Healthcare Informatics, Sacred Heart University

Mara L. Daiker, MS, CPHIMS, RHIA, SHIMSS is the Director, Professional Development for HIMSS, a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of health through information and technology. She brings firsthand experience to lifelong learning and professional development opportunities for health and technology professionals.

Debra Wolf is a Professor of Healthcare Informatics and Nursing at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Wolf is the founding Director of the Healthcare Informatics graduate program at Chatham and an independent healthcare informatics consultant supporting higher education, healthcare institutions and IT vendors integrate IT related concepts, theory and new technology. Dr. Wolf has over 40 years’ experience within the healthcare arena. She earned her Baccalaureate and Master of Science degree in nursing from La Roche University and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. Previously Dr. Wolf was the Assistant Director of Nursing Programs at Chatham University where she was instrumental in development the MS in Nursing Informatics program. Dr. Wolf serves as an accreditation evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education who accredits nursing programs and is an advisory board member for UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing and Western Pennsylvania HIMSS Chapter. 

Dr. Wolf’s research agenda explores patient centered care, use of technology in a health setting and the learning language needs of international students. Her area of expertise focuses on change management, process redesign and use of social media/technology in supporting clinicians and patients. Dr. Wolf has published numerous articles, book chapters and coauthored books titled Social Media for Nurses: Educating practitioners and patients in a networked world and Introduction to Computers for Healthcare Professionals (7th edition, to be released 12/2019).  She has presented at international, national and local conferences. Dr. Wolf is a member of various organizations such as HIMSS and Sigma (an International Nursing Honor Society).

Stephen Burrows is Founding Chair and Program Director for Healthcare Informatics at Sacred Heart University. Dr. Burrows joined the University in January 2012 to develop and launch the Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics graduate program. His responsibilities include curriculum development, program review, student advisement, and faculty selection, development, and evaluation.

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