Meet Our Health Information Technology Faculty

Stephanie Donovan, Ed.D.

Stephanie Donovan,

Stephanie Donovan

Professor and Faculty Chair

M.B.A., LaSalle University
B.H.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
A.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College

Subject Areas: Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Leadership and Management, Electronic Health Records, Health Law

Professor Stephanie Donovan serves as faculty chair of the Health Programs division at Peirce College. In this role, she is responsible for supporting students and faculty and providing oversight of the undergraduate healthcare-related degree and certificate programs.

Professor Donovan has worked in the outpatient setting and has spent the majority of her career teaching in accredited Health Information Management degree programs. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Information Administration from Gwynedd-Mercy College (University), Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Management of Information Systems from LaSalle University and she is currently working toward her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Delaware Valley University, where her dissertation research focuses on disruptive innovation in higher education.

She has held leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels of the American Health Information Management Association. Past leadership contributions of note include serving as State Advocacy Coordination for the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association, which involved coordination and participation in Hill Day in Washington, DC advocating for healthcare reform. She also served as an appointed member of the AHIMA Council for Excellence in Education which was assembled to establish standards for HIM education curricula. She currently serves on Albert Einstein's Institutional Review Board (IRB) as a secondary reviewer for research involving human subjects.

In her spare time, Professor Donovan enjoys spending time with her family in Cape May, NJ and traveling, especially to Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor, Maine.

Contact Stephanie Donovan, Ed.D.: sadonovan@peirce.edu

    The Peirce College Associate in Science in Health Information Technology (HIT) degree program is taught by an experienced faculty with a background working in healthcare professions. Our HIT professors prepare students for employment in hospitals, office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, public health agencies and other organizations that use patient data or health information such as law and insurance firms and pharmaceutical companies.

    The faculty's goal with the Health Information Technology degree program is to show their students how to apply sound theories and principles of health information technology based upon the 2012 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) curriculum competencies and the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    In your introductory-level courses, the faculty will teach you about medical terminology with an emphasis on analysis of components, meaning, spelling and pronunciation and then give you lessons on the basics of health information management. This includes teachings on the history of healthcare, organization of healthcare delivery in the United States, medical record types and content and preparation for career opportunities.

    As you move through the associate degree program, the faculty will also offer lessons on statistical applications in healthcare, legal issues relating to the field, healthcare reimbursement, ICD-10 medical coding (including advanced coding), outpatient coding, computer information systems and the managing quality and improving performance. The faculty will guide you through coverage of the theory and practice of performance and quality improvement processes in healthcare organizations, further preparing you to work in an HIT capacity.

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