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Rachel L. Cloward

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences

M.S., M.B.A., Long Island University, BrooklynB.A., Boston UniversityA.A.S., Suffolk County Community College


After graduating from Long Island University/Brooklyn with an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Community Health, I worked for 20 years in IT for financial services and direct marketing firms.  I changed gears and went back to school, getting a degree in Health Information Technology at Suffolk Community College and earning a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) credential in 2010.  After graduation I spent two years running the Health IT federal grant program at Suffolk Community College which offered 6 online courses to anyone with an IT or healthcare background.  The goal of the federal program was to train workers for electronic health record (EHR) implementation and training.  The HITECH Act which provided the money for the training, specified that all health care providers that get reimbursement from the federal government through programs like Medicare and Medicaid must have an approved EHR by 2014.  In 2016 I earned a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential.   


Health Information Management

Electronic Health Applications

Health Analytics 


NYHIMA Outstanding Clinical Preceptor Award - 2014

Professional Affiliations

AHIMA – American Health Information Management Association

NYHIMA – New York Health Information Management Association

LIHIMA – Long Island Health Information Management Association

HIMSS – Health Information Management Systems Society

HIMSSNY – Health Information Management Systems Society New York