Paula Akialis, MBA, RHIA, CCS
Health Information Technology Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor
Harper College
Paula Akialis has served in a dual role as Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Health Information Technology (HIT) program at Harper College since 2015. Paula entered the field of health information technology after working as an RN and subsequently as a systems analyst. In her current role, she combines her passion for healthcare and information technology and enjoys teaching classes in pathopharmacology, medical coding, and healthcare data analytics.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Harper College has over 12 different health career degree and certificate programs, yet students spend most of their time surrounded by other students in their same program. Students previously graduated without the opportunity to learn much about the professions they would soon be working alongside. During the pandemic, faculty and staff interested in interprofessional education created an activity allowing students to virtually interact with others in different health career programs. The aim was for our students to communicate their own roles and responsibilities clearly to other health…