Eastern's programs in Business Information Systems (BIS) were cited as important professional development options for Connecticut's allied health workers in the 2010 Report of the Connecticut Allied Health Workforce Policy Board (CAHWPB). In particular, the BIS certificate, Eastern's minor in Social Informatics, and minor and a certificate in Healthcare Informatics were highlighted.
At a time when the workforce relevance of the liberal arts remains under scrutiny, the CAHWPB report noted that the "interdisciplinary Healthcare Informatics program (at Eastern) prepares students for several jobs redescribed by the American Society of Health Informatics Managers (ASHIM): application support and training, EMR consulting, desktop and network support, clinical analysts, business analysts, transition coordinators, data/information managers, privacy and security experts and health IT managers. It complements well the skills developed in such (other Eastern) programs as Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration, Biology, Psychology, Accounting, Health and Physical Education, or BGS Public Health."
CAHWPB also noted that Eastern was "the only institution of higher learning in Connecticut that offers a course in Healthcare Informatics as part of the Business Information Systems and the Public Health BGS programs and it has expanded its offerings to serve better the growing needs of the health care sector in Connecticut."
The Healthcare Informatics minor and certificate were a collaborative project of the Business Administration and Computer Science Departments and the School of Continuing Education, with leadership provided by Business Information Systems Professors Doncho Petkov and Alex Citurs, with support from Deans Shelly Gimenez, Carmen Cid and Jaime Gomez, as well as Associate Dean Carol Williams.