Arran Standring, 46, is still several months away from completing his Master’s of Science in Applied Health Informatics at Bryan University, but he has already started his new career at a top U.S. pharmaceutical distributor, McKesson, which ranks 14th on the Fortune 500 list of the largest corporations in America.
“I wanted a master’s program that was targeted and future-proof,” says Standring, who is married with five children. “I picked Bryan University because it offered an applied program. You don’t just learn about theory; you learn how to actually apply that theory, which is what appealed to me.”
It likely appealed to his current supervisors at McKesson, too, because Standring was recruited to his new position as Manager of Marketing Data Analytics a full six months before receiving his diploma. Standring says the mentorship program at Bryan University definitely helped leverage his employment.
“When you attend Bryan University, you’re networking with the movers and shakers in the healthcare industry. My thesis-mentor happened to be a vice president at McKesson,” says Standring. “You don’t get much bigger players in the industry than the ones who are on the Bryan University Advisory Board. And the instructors aren’t just pure academia. They are CEOs and vice presidents of major organizations, and they are imparting knowledge and wisdom from experienceof being in the industry.”
The health informatics field is booming, jobs are plenty, and wages are impressive, says Standring. “There are jobs and competitive salaries to be had by people who are qualified. The program at Bryan is designed to make people more employable; it’s targeted toward what’s in demand in the market.
“Students learn all different aspects and skillsets needed to work in a healthcare organization going through massive amount of change due to the HITECH Act and Affordable Healthcare Act,” he continues. “They really learn a bit of everything that goes on inside the healthcare industry and informatics.”
Standring earned his undergraduate degree in business from Liverpool Polytechnic and served with the British Army, ending his time there at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. His career has taken a number of twists and turns—winding through security, customer service and quality assurance, to management, media operations, and ownership of a private venture—before leading him to data analytics and healthcare, which is where he intends to stay.
“If you can analyze data correctly, you can see trends and start predicting things based on data. You can impact efficiencies for better patient outcomes and quality of care. That’s why I’m here.”
Outraged by a statistic provided by the Institute of Medicine that indicates the U.S. Healthcare system wastes approximately $750 billion each year to medical fraud and inefficiencies, Standring is on a mission.
“The healthcare industry in the United States needs help,” he explains. “I don’t see how an industry that pays the providers when you’re ill has any incentive to make you better. I want to really use data to drive results, because everyone knows what gets measured gets managed. I’m in this to make a difference.”