NEWS | February 29, 2012

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student wins health information technology scholarship


Katherine Kim, a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis doctoral student, was awarded the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2011 Northern California Chapter scholarship for academic excellence. The society annually awards eight scholarships at its national conference to student members who possess the potential to be future leaders in the health-care information and management-systems industry.

Student Katherine Kim
Student Katherine Kim

"I am so honored and excited to receive this scholarship," Kim said. "As part of the award I had the opportunity to go to the national conference and be introduced to leaders in the field. This is the type of invaluable experience that can help open doors at a national level."

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology and management systems for the improvement of health care.

Kim, one of the 33 inaugural-class students at the School of Nursing, juggles a full-time class schedule, teaches at San Francisco State University and leads the Interprofessional Health Informatics Special Interest Group. The student group, which she co-founded, was created to provide professional development opportunities. The group's goal is to stay on the cutting edge of informatics--the use of electronic resources, devices and methods to enhance the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in health--and to be aware of ever-changing new technologies that can be used to improve health care and systems.

She is excited about the future of nurses as leaders in health informatics. Nurses, as the primary health-care providers who acquire and manage health information, are in the best position to think of new ways technology can solve problems in health care, Kim said. Education in human-computer interaction and how technology may be better applied prepares the future workforce, she continued.

Kim plans to use the scholarship award to prepare her dissertation, which focuses on the development of a tool to assess how technology can be matched to individuals to improve their health. Kim says she hopes to increase people's capacity for self-management and enhance their interactions with health-care providers.

"As a researcher and university faculty member, I will be able to conduct applied research that leverages the field of health informatics to design, develop, implement and evaluate interventions that place consumers in control of their health and support a partnership among people and their health-care providers," Kim said.

Kim was the only Californian awarded a scholarship at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society award banquet Feb. 23 during their annual conference in Las Vegas.  More than 35,000 members attended the four-day conference. To learn more about the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society visit

About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
For 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matters to California and to transform the world. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009, UC Davis' first major initiative to address society's most pressing health-care problems in its second century of service. The school was launched through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. Through nursing leadership, the school will discover knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and health outcomes, and inform health policy. The school's first programs, a doctoral and a master's degree program, opened in fall 2010. Additional students and programs will be phased in over the next decade. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of the UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 645-bed-acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center and the 800-member physician group known as the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit