ANS professor named to list of nation’s best in healthcare informatics

Feb 22, 2016 | Applied and Natural Sciences

Dr. Angela Kennedy, department head and professor of health informatics and information management at Louisiana Tech University, has been recognized as one of “20 of America’s Best Healthcare Informatics Researchers, Professors and Minds” by PokitDok, a provider of cloud-based web services to integrate healthcare transactions into apps, websites or products.
Dr. Angela Kennedy

Dr. Angela Kennedy

According to its blog posting of the list, PokitDok says health informatics, a fast-growing field which focuses on using information technology to improve healthcare delivery, has countless professional opportunities for the future. The current generation of researchers at America’s colleges and universities will have a profound impact on the field and its future as it continues to grow.
“It was a nice surprise to be recognized as one America’s top 20 professors in Health Informatics,” said Kennedy. “For me, it is work that I enjoy, and it’s an honor to be recognized by my colleagues. In Louisiana, as well as in the U.S., we have a lot of work to do. Health Informatics can change the face of healthcare and the healthcare industry. I look forward to being a part of that work and the positive change that it will bring to all consumers.”
Kennedy, a two-time graduate of Louisiana Tech having earned a bachelor’s degree in health information administration and a master’s degree in education, is a Registered Health Information Administrator and Certified Healthcare Quality Professional with over 25 years of experience in the health information and informatics field. She has served as President of the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Board of Directors and received their Diamond Award for Leadership in 2014.
Kennedy also served two terms as president of the Louisiana Health Information Management Association (LHIMA) and testified before the United States Senate HELP Committee in 2015.
“Dr. Angela Kennedy is most deserving of being included on a national list of the top 20 researchers and professionals in Healthcare Informatics,” said Dr. Gary Kennedy, dean of Louisiana Tech’s College of Applied and Natural Sciences. “In the fall of 2015, she was invited by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Health IT Standards Committee for a term which will go through August 2018. This is a prestigious appointment on a national committee that makes recommendations on standards, specifications, and certification criteria for electronic exchange and use of health information.
“We are very fortunate to have an administrator, like Dr. Kennedy, who is recognized both at the state and national levels for providing leadership in the health informatics industry.”
Kennedy has been honored professionally by the AHIMA with its Triumph Award and by the LHIMA with the organization’s Distinguished Member and Career Achievement awards. She is a member of the American Health Information Management Association, the Louisiana Health Information Management Association and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management.
To view the complete “20 of America’s Best Healthcare Informatics Researchers, Professors and Minds” list from PokitDok, visit