Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic envisions a world of health care where, with the right people put in the right place, the system runs like a finely tuned clock. With UNC Charlotte’s new Health Informatics PSM (Professional Science Master’s) program, his curriculum development and industry partnerships, bring this new interdisciplinary program to the forefront, providing our region’s health care professionals with the trained personnel they so desperately need to meet current and future demands.
The College of Computing and Informatics provides academic programs in Computer Science, Software and Information Systems, Information Technology, and Bioinformatics. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Complex Systems Institute (CSI), lead by Dr. Hadzikadic, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, the Center for Digital Identity and Cyber Defense Research, the eBusiness Technology Institute, and the Software Solutions Lab.
As director of the CSI Dr. Hadzikadic oversees the development of partnerships with other institutions both here and abroad. CSI has substantial commercialization and economic development capabilities as well as professional education at the master’s level and continuing education. The computation simulation technology being developed not only serves the military and defense contractors but has commercial applications as well, particularly for financial and healthcare institutions.
Serving the Charlotte region, the Health Informatics industry allows comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange between health care consumers and providers. The field is a cross between computing technology and health care management. Under the guidance of Dr. Hadzikadic, UNC Charlotte’s Health Informatics program is structured to provide graduate students with the skills to evaluate, modify, and implement medical information systems as well as to educate medical professionals in their use.
Dr. Hadzikadic has over twenty years of information technology experience combining business and academic environments. His research/scholarship activities have been primarily focused on: data mining, cognitive science, medical informatics, and complex adaptive systems. He has served as the Director of the Department of Medical Informatics and Department of Orthopedic Informatics of the Carolinas HealthCare System, Manager of the Health Systems Integration Service Line at Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group and was the Founding Dean of UNC Charlotte’s College of Information Technology, today known as the College of Computing and Informatics.
Dr. Hadzikadic is active in the Charlotte community. He was a member of the Steering Committee of Information Technologies Charlotte, an initiative of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce; a winner of the Blue Diamond award for Career Achievement in Information Technology; a member of the Technology Executives of Charlotte; and serves on the boards of several cultural and civic organizations, including the Levine Museum of the New South.
To learn more about the College of Computing and Informatics, visit their website at http://cci.uncc.edu/.