As most of our members know, South Carolina HIMSS awards two Scholarships in the amount of $3000 each to two deserving students (all details are here).
We are pleased to present to you the awardees for the 2018 Fiscal Year (ended June 30).
Ben Martin is a native of Clemson, South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health sciences. After graduation, Ben worked for Greenville Health System as a data analyst in the Business Intelligence and Decision Support department handling data loads into the cost accounting system, data validations, and submission of data for quality measures reporting.
Last year, he entered the inaugural class of the Clemson and MUSC joint doctoral program in biomedical data science and informatics. Through this new program Ben is working to further his capacity to utilize big data and informatics to improve population health management and research in South Carolina. He is currently working as a research assistant at the Care Coordination Institute (CCI) in Greenville to help build a learning health system for CCI’s clinically integrated network. Building a patient data modeling and classification system for CCI’s database of roughly 5 million patients, presents a great opportunity to bring together the resources and expertise at Clemson, MUSC, and CCI to create new tools and strategies for improving the health of our state.
Ben is the second of four siblings, all of which graduated from or are currently attending Clemson University. Growing up in the town and attending the university, Clemson is a significant part of Ben’s identity. Needless to say, he is a lifetime tiger fan, and the Clemson football’s recent success is something he does not take for granted. Outside of work and school, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, staying active, and going outdoors as much as possible. His favorite activities include running, cycling, hiking, kayaking, and playing soccer.
Autumne E. Smith currently serves at the Productivity Analyst for Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina, helping to manage a labor force of over 10,000 FTEs in the midland area. Additionally, Autumne spear-headed the implementation of the transformational Data Lake project at Palmetto Health helping to develop business use cases and identifying actionable data to achieve desired outcomes.
Although relatively new to the Health Information Technology field, Autumne has over 15 years of experience with executive level project management, data and analytics. Currently, she is enrolled in the University of South Carolina Master’s of Health Information Technology program and looks to graduate in May of 2019. Autumne is married to a Columbia native for 15 years and has two children, ages 10 and 13.