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Tracy F. Locke

Position Title: MS, RHIA, associate professor and program director of HIT and CRS
Department: Physical and Life Sciences
Office Location: Physical and Health Sciences Bldg.
Office Phone: 607-587-3617
Education: 

Master of Science in Health Services Administration  

Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions                 

New School University, New York, NY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Bachelor of Professional Studies

Major: Health Information Management

Honors: Graduated Cum Laude

SUNY College of Technology, Utica, NY 

Associates in Applied Science

Major: Health Information Management

Honors: Dean's list

Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY

Project Management Certificate

St. Scholastica HIM Graduate Program

Teaching Overview: 
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Data Management
  • Introduction to Health Information Management
  • ICD-9-CM Coding
  • CPT Coding
  • Medical Transcription
  • Alternate Care Health Information Management
  • Online Orientation for HIT/CRS students
Professional Experience: 

SUNY Alfred State College, Alfred, NY                                 August 2006 - Present

Health Information Technology Program

  • Full-time Instructor, HIT program/CRS Programs (August 2006 - December 2006)
  • Assistant Professor, HIT program/CRS Programs (January 2007 - September 2011)
  • Associate Professor, HIT/CRS Programs (September 2011 - present)
  • Program Director, HIT Program and CRS Programs (August 2007 - present)
  • Continued Appointment/Tenure - December 2012

Thompson Health, Canandaigua, NY                         April 1999 - August 2006

Information Services Department

  • Promoted to Project Manager managing large and small information systems and database applications including selection, implementations, system upgrades, and workflow and process redesign. Directing cross-functional financial & clinical applications and Telecommunication project teams including Meditech, MSM/Picis, T-EV, Pyxis, and Achieve.
  • Interim Director Feb 2003 - April 2004, February 2002 - August 2002
  • Assistant Director April 1999 - February 2002
  • Responsible for Health Information Management Department, Medical Transcription Services, Information Services Operations, and Application and Database Development and Support

Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, Clifton Springs, NY     December 1998 - April 1999

Information Services Department

  • Assistant Director
  • Project Manager Information, System Design & Implementation
  • Acting Director from January 1999 - April 1999

Rochester Primary Care Network, Rochester, NY March 1995 - December 1998

Directed three major IT projects for five small & large, federally-funded, health centers:

  • Computer-based Primary Care Electronic Patient Record Facilitator
  • IDX Information Systems Implementation Project Manager
  • NYS Immunization Database System Implementation Project Director

THOMPSON HEALTH, Canandaigua, NY           January 1988 - March 1995

Director, Health Information Management

  • Direct the health information management functions at all inpatient and outpatient care settings
  • Staffing, budgeting, planning for each major functional area including Coding & Reimbursement, Record abstracting and reporting, Record filing & storage/retrieval for both the HIM Dept and Medical Transcription
  • Medical record compliance - JCAHO, State Health Department
  • Chairman of the Hospital Information System Steering Committee
  • Information System Selection & Implementation Project Manager for both hardware and software
  • Development of health information management policies/procedures for release of information, confidentiality, information security, information abstracting and reporting, information storage and retrieval, and record retention

THOMPSON HEALTH, Canandaigua, NY           July 1985 - January 1988

  • Associate Director/Operations Director, Health Information Management Department

Monroe Community College                              2002 - 2011

  • Instructor, Medical Transcription - Computer and Office Technology Program
Publications and Events: 

Author:
Electronic Classroom Manager
to accompany Koch textbook Basic Allied Health Statistics and Analysis, 3rd edition 2007

Speaking Engagements:

  • Assembly on Education AHIMA National Conference (2008) Louisville, KY – Co-presenter Classroom Effectiveness Teaching Tips Too
  • Assembly on Education AHIMA National Conference (2010) New Orleans, LA - Co-presenter So Now you are a Program Director!
  • XVI Congress of International Federation of Health Records Organizations (IFHRO2010) (November 2010) Milan, Italy - So Now you are a Program Director!
  • XVII Congress of International Federation of Health Information Management (IFHIMA, formally IFHRO) (May 2013) Montreal Canada - Co-Presenter ONLINE Teaching, Making the Connection
  • Assembly on Education AHIMA National Conference (2013) Baltimore, Maryland - Co-presenter Domains & Subdomains

Textbook Authoring/Reviewer:

Delmar Cengage Learning, Albany, NY

  • Technical Reviewer, Essentials of Health Information Management, Principles and Practices, by Green and Bowie, 2nd edition, 2009
  • Contract Author, Electronic Classroom Manger (computerized Test bank & Power Point slides), Basic Allied Health Statistics and Analysis, Koch, 3rd edition, 2007-08
  • Technical Reviewer, Basic Allied Health Statistics and Analysis, Koch, 3rd edition, 2006-07
Service: 

IFHIMA Peer Reviewer Global Newsletter

AHIMA Curriculum Workgroup
AHIMA Engage (Formally CoP) Facilitator

RRHIMA Co-Chair - Education
RRHIMA Board Member

Active Memberships:

  • Member, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), 1978-Present
  • Member, Health Information Management System Society, (HIMSS), 1995-Present
  • Member, New York Health Information Management Association (NYHIMA), 1978-Present
  • Member, Rochester Regional Health Information Management Association (RRHIMA), 1978-Present

Professor Locke knew she wanted to break into the health care field, but nursing just wasn’t her passion. After completing her associate degree in health information management at Monroe Community College, she spent three years in the field before deciding to go back to school for a bachelor’s degree at SUNYIT. It was there she discovered a love of teaching.

Locke entered graduate school soon after and began teaching at Monroe Community College as an adjunct, she also took on leadership roles at various health care facilities in her area. She became assistant director and project manager at Thompson Health in Canandaigua, assistant director and project manager at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, and directed major IT projects in the Rochester Primary Care Network. She earned her master’s degree in health services administration from Milano Graduate School New School University (formerly New School for Social Research).

With decades of both field and teaching experience under her belt, she jumped at the chance to work at Alfred State in 2006. “I loved teaching—the ability to play a part in changing a student’s life for the better,” she says. “And many people in my field were afraid of the new technology coming our way, such as electronic health records. I felt my experiences in the field could bring a new perspective to our students so they would embrace the technology rather than fear it.”

Locke has taught nearly every course in the HIT and CRS programs, including introduction to health information management, health data management, electronic health record, alternate care health information management, medical terminology, ICD-10-CM coding, and CPT/HCPCS coding. And she stays highly active in the field, attending and presenting at a number of conferences in Italy and Canada and serving on the national curriculum committee for the Council of Excellence in Education’s Health Informatics and Health Information Management groups.

“I tell my students to work hard, stay current with all your course work, and share information about your work experiences in the HIM field,” she says. “I tell them, ‘be the students you want your children to be.’ And I stress that it is also important to have fun while learning. We are in a very exciting and quickly changing field, both nationally and internationally.”