I received my medical training at The University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica, and have worked extensively in the public healthcare sector for 10 years. It was with the desire to effect and manage change in that sector that I embarked on an MBA with the University of Leicester in the UK. The future of patient care depends on the steady integration of modern computer science modalities into the healthcare environment. Marshalling that change has never been more crucial. In my home country of Trinidad and Tobago, the process has already begun on a limited scale. The Johns Hopkins Masters in Applied Health Sciences Informatics program will serve to combine my various interests and provide me with the tools to deal effectively with this rapidly evolving and challenging medical landscape. After graduating I hope to become involved in the design and implementation of sustainable health informatics strategies in the Caribbean.
Ash is an IT enthusiast. He was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria where he trained as a doctor and worked for major hospitals in the state. He discovered his love for IT while in college and devoted his spare time to advancing his knowledge. He currently holds multiple certifications on Java and has a number of applications to his name.
To him, this program is about unification of training and flair and hopes to acquire the expertise to create innovative, IT-driven solutions to improve health care delivery.
When he is not saving lives or building apps, he can be found watching soccer or movies.
Growing up as a child, I’ve always seen myself as supremely confident and very ambitious, a little too ambitious sometimes according to some observers. Those assertions however, I consider rather complimentary and a source of encouragement.
Coming from a lower middle class family in a third world nation presented with its own challenges, which have sometimes threatened those ambitions. These challenges being mostly socio-cultural and economic have been really tough to overcome, at times reaching various tipping points of frustration. Yet, none of these obstacles have hindered the pursuit of my career goals, ambitions or dreams for that matter and now that I’m on the cusp of realizing these goals, it’s important that I remain grounded and see it through.
I see my pursuance of the Health Sciences Informatics Program at Johns Hopkins as a necessary preparation towards pursing such a goal as the various courses offered in this program will go a long way to enhance my human resource capacity in order enhance Quality Assurance and the observance of clinical best practices in the field of research and in the practice of Medicine in general.
Informatics generally enhances efficiency, and I believe that this program will go a long way to prepare me for the opportunity to make a difference in the health services delivery system in Ghana.
I am Senyo Norgbey, born on April 13, 1986 to a working class family in Accra, Ghana. Through dint of hard work, diligence, and perseverance, I am now a Medical Doctor currently working in Ghana. Yet to begin my residency in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery which is my long term career ambition. My favourite sports are Tennis, Basketball and Soccer in that order, with LeBron James and the Miami Heat, Rafael Nadal and Manchester United my favourite athletes and teams.
Look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone at the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at JHU.
Yumeng Xu has received her Bachelor’s degree (in the areas of Brain & Cognitive Science and Economics) from the University of Rochester in May 2013. Although these two majors may not appear to be connected, for her, she finds that both of these degrees offer different perspectives on human behavior, an element which has great potential in health science information system design. With her personal insight into the decision making processes, which she has gathered through an economic perspective for making the greatest use of available resources and the neurological mechanisms of human brain, she believes that she can help healthcare practitioners to make difficult decisions within complex biomedical situations. During her college life, she has been actively involved with a number of research projects focused on the human decision making processes, and she has subsequently explored the area of Neuroeconomics in the Brain and Cognitive Science department at the University of Rochester. With a M.S in Health Science Informatics degree from the John Hopkins School of Medicine, she wishes to use her knowledge in both brain science and economics to explore predominate examples of intuitive human/computer cooperation, which will allow her to help healthcare practitioners to make the most use of their individual expertise. She also believes that she will be enabled to uncover a variety of essential answers from the big data sets available through social media, so that she may provide people with a better potential in public health. With her combined background in economics and her experience in quantitative training, she hopes that she would be able to bridge the gap between both the information professions and today’s business reality, thereby offering the means for us to provide a pathway between research results and the economic marketplace.
Koko received her B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College in 2007. Captivated by the power of visualization in understanding and communicating complex scientific concepts during her Pre-Med years, she went on to obtain her Certificate in Science Illustration from UC Extension Santa Cruz in 2008, where she was introduced to the concept of patient education. She has worked at biomedical visualization studios in New York and Tokyo as a creator of digital information aids for patients and doctors. She came to realize, however, that such generalized information aids tend to result in passive learning and usually lack means of assisting the patients to take further action. At DHSI, she will apply her background in psychology and visualization to explore the effective integration of Personal Health Records in clinical workflow to help empower patients, and to evaluate its impact on collaborative medicine. She would also like to explore ways to offer the technology to mental health populations and chronically ill patients who also manifest associated psychological pathologies.
Koko will be joining DHSI as a Fulbright Grantee from Japan, pursuing M.Sc. in Health Sciences Informatics Research.