Oak Point University announced the appointment of Merida Johns, PhD, RHIA to the position of Director of the Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) program in the College of Allied Health. Johns brings more than 40 years of leadership experience in health information management on national and international levels, and will be responsible for maintaining the overall academic integrity of the department. She will lead the HIIM department in its development and maintenance of program standards to ensure academic excellence, while supporting the faculty, academic staff and student learning experiences.
“Merida joins us at a pivotal point in our growth. Her leadership and extensive experience in Health Information Management will assist us in elevating the HIIM program to the next level. Additionally, her background in educational reform strategies, research for national accreditation and budget preparation and administration will prove invaluable as we continue to fulfill our vision,” said Oak Point University President Therese A. Scanlan, EdD.
“It is exciting to join Oak Point University and head the University’s bold initiatives in health informatics and information management education in such an explosive and challenging data-driven era,” said Johns. “The prospect of designing and implementing a forward looking educational curriculum that develops graduates who are trailblazers and who can meet healthcare’s pressing need to leverage data as an asset through enterprise information management, is a unique professional opportunity.”
Dr. Johns most recently founded The Monarch Center for Women’s Leadership Development, an organization that helps empower women in fulfilling their leadership and economic potential. Prior to joining Oak Point University, she was a tenured faculty member at The Ohio State University, School of Allied Health and at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Health Services Administration, where she was the founding director of the Masters in Health Informatics program. Johns has served in a variety of visiting and adjunct professor positions at Loyola University Chicago, The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, and at University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences.
An accomplished leader in higher education and prolific author in her field, some of her most well-known published works include Enterprise Information Management and Data Governance and Health Information Technology: An Applied Approach. Johns is an innovative expert in health informatics and information management and a decades-long advocate for leadership amongst women. She has served as President of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and has received numerous honors, including the AHIMA Professional Achievement Award, the AHIMA Champion Award and the AHIMA Distinguished Member Award, the association’s highest membership honor.
Johns obtained two Bachelor’s degrees from Seattle University, a Master’s degree from Alfred University and her PhD from The Ohio State University.
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