Mid-Career Professionals with Up to 10 Years Work Experience

Are you a healthcare professional with minimal IT knowledge?
Would you like to successfully migrate from one part of health care to another, potentially more lucrative one?
Or are you an IT professional with minimal healthcare knowledge who would like to move into this burgeoning industry?

  • Acquire new knowledge and skill sets that complement and maximize your professional experience.
  • Enjoy a “career bump” in an industry that values and rewards health informatics expertise.
  • Work with a dedicated career coach who will guide and connect you with new opportunities.

Alumni Profiles

Santa MohanSanta Mohan

Why did you choose the MMCi degree over MBA or Informatics Degrees?

After working for nearly 6 years on the product side of the health IT industry, I realized that technology alone cannot improve health care.  It was clear that business attributes such as strategy and finance, as well as human attributes such as operations, coordination, and change management, must come together to elevate the value of technology to improve patient care and efficiency.  MMCi offered the perfect opportunity to study this blend of technology and management through a health care lens.  As an advanced business degree, MMCi provided the opportunity to learn functional business skills and at the same time go deeper into the discipline of health care to become a specialist.  I am certain that an MBA or an informatics program would not have afforded the luxury to learn from both medical and business experts at the same time.

Why did you choose MMCi over other health informatics programs?

MMCi to me is an accelerated, specialized business degree offering a concentration in health informatics.  There is no program out there today that is comparable to MMCi.

What did you value most about the MMCi program?

Any business program at a top school would offer opportunities to meet and work with bright young professionals from diverse backgrounds in a team-based environment.  This was no different at Duke, but MMCi went beyond this to offer more — an opportunity to meet and work with folks who are not just professionals, but experts in the field.  Working in a cross-generational, cross-functional team with medical experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders to model business plans, build killer apps, and analyze existing and emerging technologies was an invaluable experience.  I continue to reap value every single day from this incredible network that I am now have.

How has your MMCi experience and degree impacted your career?

I joke to my industry colleagues that MMCi was my ride to the bright side of health care.  On a more serious note, the impact of the program exceeded my expectations in every way.  It let me embark on an incredible journey, taking me closer to the point of care to see the impact of technology on patient experience, care outcomes, operations, and costs.  Since graduating from MMCi, I’ve been fortunate to do meaningful work with several provider organizations, including Davies award winners and EMRAM Stage 6 and 7 hospitals.  The 2 jobs that I’ve taken up were the ones that were created for me.  From speaking at conferences… to leading national industry committees… and to being recognized as an expert and thought-partner, I owe a great deal of my success to MMCi.

Why would you recommend someone pursue MMCi today?

Health care IT is a very exciting field with limitless potential for future possibilities.  I would recommend MMCi to someone interested in this field for many reasons, but I’ll list three here:

  1. In today’s era of population health and reform, it is impossible to scale care across hundreds of thousands of people without technology.
  2. Believe it or not, technology is the only aspect that touches the entire health care continuum.  In today’s digital age, IT is fast becoming the link between the doctor’s brain and patient’s vein.  So health care organizations need improved, clinically-relevant technology.
  3. Patients are becoming consumers.  Patient expectations are now set by their online experiences in other industries such as retail, travel, and banking. To bring services up to par with other industries, health care organizations need consumer-focused technology.

But the story is not about technology alone — it never was and it never will be.  I believe there are 3 key questions every health care solution must answer to succeed: Is it technically feasible?  Is it clinically relevant?  Is it cost effective?  MMCi equips a person to answer each one of these questions thoughtfully, intelligently, and in a fully informed fashion — whether it is to bring a new disruptive technology to the market or to realize clinical and business value from existing technology in a cost constrained environment.

Richard_0543xRich Kenney
Manager, Information Strategy and Analytics at National Spine & Pain Centers
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics
MMCi Class of 2015

Why did you decide to pursue a health informatics degree?

Informatics embodies the pivotal work necessary for disruptive innovation within healthcare. I want to play a part of that movement.

Why did you choose MMCi over other health informatics programs?

I believe next generation leaders must be knowledgeable and skillful at interacting with data, information, and knowledge. Duke’s MMCi program is the only one that interweaves high-quality Informatics and Business Administration courses from renowned Duke Medicine and Fuqua School of Business Faculty.

What did you value most about the MMCi program?

Duke’s MMCi program recognizes the value of live discussion through the intentional on-campus format. I’ve taken away so much more from these classes than those I’ve taken online in the past.

How has your MMCi experience and degree impacted your career?

With the majority of my career experience as a bedside clinician, this program has challenged me to begin thinking outside of the box, to take on a new perspective, and honestly, to start dreaming about the potential for innovation ripening within healthcare.

Why would you recommend someone pursue MMCi today?

The Duke MMCi program is for you if you want to alter the healthcare landscape of tomorrow. Informatics stands in the gap between clinician and technician. This is the only program that empowers you to lead on both sides of the conversation to conceptualize, redesign and implement new business processes and solutions that will improve the experience of care, improve the health of populations, and reduce the cost of care.

headshot2 - JustinJustin Tyler Wiley
Chief Technology Officer
Bivarus, Inc.
MMCi Class of 2011

Why did you decide to pursue a health informatics degree?

When I decided on MMCi, I had been working in the tech sector for several years, at Fortune 50 companies, and also at small, five-person start-ups. I had really become bored with tackling traditional technology problems. I heard an advertisement for MMCi and it sort of clicked: the health industry has uniquely challenging and had interesting problems, and MMCi’s seemed like it could be a great introduction to it.

 I was also very interested in transitioning my career from a product-centric role, to one that was more strategic. I felt like I needed the skills and educational background to take on that challenge. MMCi’s focus, instructors and Duke’s network seemed like a great way to acquire them.

Why did you choose MMCi over other health informatics programs?

The health industry is undergoing tremendous change, partially due to government policy, and partially due to increased competitive pressure. Traditional courses in health / clinical informatics focus on health and IT, and tend to treat the broader business landscape they exist in as an after-thought. I was very interested in entrepreneurship in the HIT space, and MMCi clearly made business and economics an equal partner in the program.

What did you value most about the MMCi program?

I think working and learning from my classmates, and being introduced to the broader culture of the health care industry, were the most valuable parts of MMCi. MMCi students have diverse backgrounds and skills, and it was fantastic to have the opportunity to work and collaborate with them in group settings. I remember one particular assignment where I was paired with an MD PHD, an expert on health systems in China, and a business management consultant with 20 years of experience. In the broader workplace it’s rare to experience the level of competence and passion that I found in MMCi students.

How has your MMCi experience and degree impacted your career?

Health IT is a complex stew, and it’s incredibly hard to get your head around what’s going on, and more importantly what role you can play in it. Health IT is patient health needs, and the cutting edge medical research that’s trying to address them. It’s huge, highly bureaucratic health systems trying to change, and new dynamic, health models trying to disrupt them. It’s elaborate government regulations, ancient legacy technology from the 1960’s, and new technology that is almost in the realm of science fiction.

MMCi really offers a set of experiences that can act as an entry point into the space. It has helped me to grow into a role leading technology development at health analytics company, and has allowed me to communicate effectively across specializations. When I talk to health IT specialists at customer hospitals, I don’t have to ask: “What’s HL7”? When I’m talking to executives at health care organizations, I have an understanding of the meaningful use provisions of the ARRA, and how it might be influencing their decision cycle. When I’m at a presentation where a start-up is talking about a new mobile product targeted at the clinical informatics space, I can intelligently ask about their revenue model, about HIPAA compliance.

Why would you recommend someone pursue MMCi today?

I would recommend MMCi to anyone who is passionate about health care, who is excited about the possibilities for change in the industry, and who is willing to work hard for the opportunity to make a difference.