Mary Anne Sloan, MBA, BSN, RN is the Director of the Purdue University Healthcare Technical Assistance Program. The Healthcare Technical Assistance Program works with hospitals, healthcare providers, and the public health system to improve healthcare quality, safety and efficiency. HealthcareTAP has worked in all 92 counties in Indiana and has trained over 2,500 healthcare workers in quality improvement methods that have resulted in improved clinical, operational and financial outcomes. Sloan began her career as a nurse in the United States Navy and has clinical experience in critical care and ambulatory care nursing. She spent ten years in the managed care industry with responsibilities that included, contracting, quality\performance improvement, wellness, utilization management and disease management. Prior to joining Purdue Sloan was the Director of Operations for United Healthcare in Lafayette, Indiana. She received her B.S.N. from Purdue University and M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.
Sloan has been and is PI or Co-PI on multiple grants including grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and a $12 million grant from the Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator to establish the Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center.
Jane Kirkpatrick, PhD, RNC-OB is Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences and Head of the School of Nursing at Purdue University. Her undergraduate degree in nursing is from Purdue, Masters in Nursing from Indiana University and PhD in Educational Technology from Purdue. She is author of numerous computer-based education programs currently used in nursing schools and hospitals across the country. She is certified in Inpatient Obstetrics by NCC and her practice expertise includes inpatient obstetrics and neonatal intensive care. She received the Pinnacle Award (2004) and the International Tribute Award for Computer-based Education Technology (2005) from Sigma Theta Tau International for her collaboration on a professional education program teaching nursing care in Labor and Delivery.
Dr. Kirkpatrick’s research focuses on the use of technology in nursing education and practice. Her scholarly work has received awards from the Midwest Nursing Research Society (2008) and Ed-Media’s World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications (2009).