Learn about HIIM at LaTour/Eichenwald Forum

Ryan Sandefer, chairman and assistant professor for the Department of HIIM, at last year's event.

Ryan Sandefer, chairman and assistant professor for the Department of HIIM, at last year's event.

As St. Scholastica celebrates its 80th year of leadership in Health Informatics and Information Management instruction, program alumni, friends and community members are invited to a forum on June 1 to learn about the future of the profession.

The 2015 LaTour/Eichenwald Forum, named in honor of pioneering St. Scholastica HIIM professors Kathy LaTour and Shirley Eichenwald Maki, starts at 5 p.m. with a reception, followed by a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. All events are in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus.

Panelists will include LaTour, Eichenwald Maki, Ryan Sandefer, chairman and assistant professor for the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management; and Sister Kathleen Hofer, past chair of the HIIM department. They'll bring their experience and insights to discuss the past, present and future of HIIM. St. Scholastica President Larry Goodwin will serve as moderator.

The event is free and open to the public, and healthcare professionals are invited to gain new knowledge and enjoy networking opportunities. Visit css.edu/LatourEichenwald for further details and a registration link, as well as a live streaming link for the event.

St. Scholastica founded the country's first health information management program in 1935, and has been a leader in the fast-growing field ever since. The industry has a strong future job outlook. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is projected to see "much faster than average" job growth of 22 percent between now and 2022.