KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Bernard Han, Western Michigan University professor of business information systems, has earned a highly competitive Fulbright Specialist Award from the U.S. Department of State. The honor recognizes Han’s achievements on an international stage. He is one of only 400 U.S. citizens who share expertise with host institutions abroad through the Fulbright Specialist Program each year.
Han will complete a project at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University in Taiwan that aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting individuals, institutions and communities in the U.S. and Taiwan through educational and research activities in health information technology. Specifically, his project will focus on state-of-the-art smart medicine through the application of artificial intelligence and data analytics using real-time data collected by Internet of Things devices. In addition, he will present research about policy adoption for enhancing health information exchange and outpatient care management.
Han served as the conference co-chair and chair for WMU’s International Conference on Health Information Technology Advancement (ICHITA) in 2011, 2013 and 2015. He was also invited to help develop the graduate curricula for clinical informatics and medical informatics for the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.
The Fulbright Specialist Program
The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.
Specialists, who represent a wide range of professional and academic disciplines, are competitively selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets and ability to make a significant contribution to projects overseas. Those individuals that have been approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster are then eligible to be matched with approved projects designed by foreign host institutions from over 160 countries worldwide.
Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct reach and exchange ideas with the goal of finding solutions to shared international concerns.
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