2019 - 2020 Scholarship Awards Announced!

The Central & North Florida Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (CNFHIMSS) is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 scholarship awards.

     Harsh Shah - $5000 Scholarship Awarded

Harsh is a 4th year medical student at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Harsh is currently in great academic standing and is in the top quartile of his class. He has many academic and research achievements throughout his undergraduate and medical school career, including being a member of the Medical Honors Program at UF College of Medicine, performing summer research at Columbia University in New York under an NIH grant, serving as an Information Technology Chair on the University of Florida College of Medicine Class of 2020 Executive Board, among others. He will be pursuing a residency in Emergency Medicine during the 2020 application cycle. His interests outside of Medicine include: medical innovation, blockchain technology, biking, cooking, playing board games and watching movies/TV shows with friends and family. Congratulations Harsh!


     Carrie Ross - $3000 Scholarship Awarded

Carrie Ross currently works in healthcare information systems based out of Clearwater, FL. She has 20 years of IT experience including EPM/EMR system support and implementation. Carrie’s background also includes operational and managerial experience in assisted living, skilled nursing facilities,hospice and physician offices. She has a passion for workflow design and customer engagement. Carrie is a champion of the performing arts and engineering academies in her local community, volunteering her time with Pinellas County Public Schools. She also serves on the planning committee for the Cerner Southeast Regional User Group. Carrie is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Capella University where she was recently honored as a Capella Ambassador. Congratulations Carrie!

     Katherine Wu - $1500 Scholarship Awarded

Katherine Wu currently attends Tulane University where she received a Bachelor’s in Public Health and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in health policy. She works as a teaching assistant for two public health classes and as a student supervisor in Tulane’s Information Technology department. Her passion for Health IT stems from her experience working for HIMSS’ Government Relations team, where she explored multiple topics, including the opioids epidemic and emerging technologies. This past summer she interned for previous HHS Secretary and freshman Representative Donna Shalala, furthering her knowledge in health policy issues. Her future plans involve attending law school, where she will pursue her passions of health and technology policy. Congratulations Katherine!

     Liz Terrano - $1500 Scholarship Awarded

Elizabeth 'Liz' Terrano is a Healthcare Informatics graduate student at the University of Central Florida. She has been involved in healthcare for 15 years and she's seen the evolution of the paper medical record to the electronic medical record and all the progress and pitfalls associated with it. Liz has worked in the capacity of medical transcriptionist, editor/medical language specialist, as well as quality auditor of medical records at several hospitals and organizations who contract for this type of work. She has always been interested in the technical aspects of making the EMR and apps work faster and more efficiently. Her true passion is helping people through the oftentimes daunting aspect of learning IT systems, in order to help alleviate burnout amongst workers and care providers.Liz enjoys taking raw data and turning it into information that can help drive a healthcare business, as well as being able to take the data and present it visually for easier understanding to decision-makers.

Liz is currently involved in the Central North Florida HIMSS Chapter through their awesome networking and educational events. She tries to always attend in-person when she can, so people can see a face and put it to a name and vice versa. Liz is hoping to do some volunteer work soon for the chapter and find a mentor. She believes that HIMSS is a leading organization in the ongoing endeavor of HIT education, governance, and knowledge. She is proud to be a part of it.

On a personal note, Liz is an animal lover and has 5 cats. She also enjoys learning, reading, gardening, and helping young women in abusive or unhealthy relationships via support groups. Getting healthy and staying active is a top priority for her as well. Liz is hoping to get a job where she can combine her education and knowledge with her ability to work with people and become a valuable asset to our industry. Congratulations Liz!