Aug 17, 2016 – Beginning this fall, Jill Flanigan, MLS, MS, RHIT, will serve as the new, full-time assistant professor and coordinator for the MxCC Health Information Management program.
Students and colleagues are invited to a special ‘meet and greet’ to be held on Monday, August 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Wheaton Hall, room 308. Professor Donna Hylton will introduce everyone to Professor Flanigan, who will share her vision and plans for the HIM program and answer questions from students. The Dean of Academic Affairs Steven Minkler and Academic Division Director Lin Lin will also attend.
“The Health Information Management degree program at Middlesex Community College brings both value for the community and opportunities for the students,” explains Flanigan. “As the use of electronic health records has grown, demand for individuals with the skills to manage the accessibility, quality, privacy and security of electronic health information has grown. Students completing this degree will have the skills to enter the healthcare workforce and meet the complex demands of managing electronic health information.”
Before coming to MxCC, Professor Flanigan was the Health Information Management program coordinator at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA; adjunct faculty member at Three Rivers Community College; and former adjunct at Manchester Community College. Prior to her career in education, she served as an HIM director and in other medical coding/health information management positions at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Westerly (RI) Hospital, Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield Center, Conn., and Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London, Conn.
Flanigan earned a master of science in data analytics from Southern New Hampshire University; a master of library science from Southern Connecticut State University; a bachelor’s in general studies from the University of Connecticut; and a certificate in health information technology from the American Health Information Management Association. She has been certified as a registered health information technician (RHIT) since 2001, and has served on multiple committees of the American Health Information Management Association.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for health information technicians is expected to increase by 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. To meet this need, Middlesex Community College offers the Health Information Management degree program.