Zachary Stevens Receives Travel Scholarship to Attend HIMSS 2022 Global Conference
Posted on April 6, 2022 by Keith Lynn
USA senior Health Informatics major, Zachary Stevens, was selected to attend the HIMSS22 Global Health Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida on March 14-18 thanks to a generous travel scholarship provided by the Alabama Chapter of HIMSS - the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. This is the fifth year the organization has offered the travel scholarship to Health Informatics students from the School of Computing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
Mr. Stevens was selected for the travel scholarship based on his outstanding academic achievements and the essay he completed on how attending the conference would benefit him in achieving his educational goals and future career plans. The scholarship covered conference-related expenses including airfare, hotel and meals. Mr. Stevens also had the opportunity to meet young industry professionals during an Emerging Healthcare Leaders Reception.
In his application, Mr. Stevens indicated that his internship with Infirmary Health had helped him to gain a good understanding of the development side of Electronic Health Records (EHR’s), but he wanted to expand that knowledge. “I think this would be an excellent opportunity to broaden my horizons and look at what all health informatics is entirely capable of encompassing,” said Stevens. “This past career fair, I was able to talk with Cintas, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Alabama and AltaPointe to see the many different areas to work in. These companies gave me different ideas of working in health insurance or public health.”
Since he is scheduled to graduate in May, Stevens thought the conference would be a good place to explore potential opportunities. “I would be very interested in learning as much as possible to help solidify the kind of work I would like to do outside of college. HIMSS would be a very enlightening experience and would help me to better serve the community in any health IT career I ultimately work in,” he confirmed.
Dr. Matt Campbell, School of Computing Associate Professor in the Information Systems and Technology department and Health Informatics Program Coordinator, was also delighted that Zachary was able to attend the global conference. “The Alabama HIMSS chapter has been a wonderful supporter of our students for many years,” said Dr. Campbell. “We are very excited that one of our most impressive upcoming graduates, Zachary Stevens, was selected for this opportunity. The chance to attend the HIMSS Conference as a student has allowed Zachary to make valuable networking connections that he wouldn't be able to otherwise.
According to their website, “The HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition is the can’t-miss healthcare event of the year, where professionals throughout the global health ecosystem connect for the education, innovation and collaboration they need to reimagine health and wellness for everyone, everywhere. HIMSS members and healthcare professionals—from CIOs and senior executives to providers and payers to IT consultants and entrepreneurs—attend this influential conference and trade show year after year to get the information and solutions they need to reimagine health and wellness for everyone, everywhere.
The global conference is widely known for its educational programming that features a variety of sessions from industry leaders and renowned keynote speakers, specialized programs to meet unique needs, and hands-on preconference forums and seminars.
To learn more about the Alabama chapter of HIMSS, visit:
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