In their final semester of the UW HIMT program, students are required to take HIMT 490, the capstone course. A student collaborates with faculty, a site preceptor, and other staff members as needed to design and complete a project at a real healthcare workplace. At the conclusion of the capstone, the student delivers a project to the host site to not only receive a grade, but also to gain hands-on work experience and add value to the host site.
Below is an archive of completed capstone projects to give you an idea of the types of opportunities available to our students as well as prospective capstone projects and a variety of current job openings. The search functionalities are set to allow you to look for management or technology-focused projects as well as the ability to search by project title, host site and by location (city or state). So if you are looking for a project that deals with HIPAA, simply set the filter defaults to “ALL”, Sort by “Project Title” and type HIPAA in the search field. All projects that are related to HIPAA will display. Same if you are looking for projects in a specific city or state. Type in the criteria you are looking for in the search field and go from there.
Students who are close to entering their Capstone semester are often those who are planning the next steps in their careers. Management and Technology jobs are featured. Also look for job boards associated with profesional organizations like HIMSS, AHIMA and HFMA.
Make sure to search for current job postings by setting the Filter below to “Featured”.
Current job postings as well as links to current job boards from a variety of professional organizations will display.
Tri-State Ambulance ProgramGundersen Health SystemLa Crosse, Wisconsin
Gundersen Health System is in the process of developing a privacy program for one of its affiliates, Tri-State Ambulance, Inc. Tri-State is a much smaller organization, so they have asked Gundersen to share services by lending their Health Information Management and Information Systems knowledge and support. My role in this much larger project was completion of gap analysis of the existing privacy policies and initial drafting of new policies. This was a challenging task to complete and involved a large amount of time spent on research. I was able to work very independently, checking in regularly with Becky when additional guidance or directional confirmation was needed.
UW Health Coding and CDI IntegrationUniversity of Wisconsin Health Madison, Wisconsin
UW Health is working on integrating the Medical Foundation (clinics) with the main hospital. I was put in charge of deploying new methods of keeping track of production, creating and delivering education material to the staffs changing roles, and aiding in supervisor/management sub councils that participated in various ways to help the integration process go as smoothly as possible. I was given the opportunity to take various levels of leadership roles in my projects over this capstone. I was put in charge of seeing if the AHIMA Apprenticeship program was a right fit for the coding and CDI department. I reached out to the AHIMA Apprenticeship program manager and scheduled a conference call bringing together supervisors, managers, and educators from the Coding and CDI department and team leads from AHIMA. The Coding and CDI department was looking into the aspect of educating their current staff to have them better education for a credential.
Validation Lead for revising the WebSTAR Validation Plan The American Red Cross - Donor and Client Support Center (DCSC)Charlotte, North Carolina
The WebSTAR Tracking Log application is a web-based tool that enables users to track and manage report processing. It stores information in one central repository which increases the data integrity, sharing and reliability and makes management of the information more efficient. The plan is to move WebSTAR from a server at the Donor and Client Support Center (DCSC) to a server in the Microsoft Azure (cloud) environment. With the recent upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, many applications have moved to a virtual workspace. Moving the WebSTAR application to a cloud-based location would make the application easier to access and free up server space.