I am the Chief Information Officer for Horizon Health Care, Inc. and act in a consulting capacity for the Prairie Health IT Network. I provide the Network with knowledge I have gained while working on projects that include the Health Information Exchange, Meaningful Use, IT security, and data analytics. In addition, my IT Team provides daily support to members of the Network which relieves them from worrying about IT operations and infrastructure. Easing IT concerns for our members helps them focus on providing quality care to underserved and uninsured South Dakota patients. I am fortunate to work for the altruistic members of the Prairie Health IT Network and am passionate about leveraging technology to support their missions.
I began my career in teaching and made the transition from a school teacher to a health IT trainer in the late 90’s. I trained physicians and clinical staff from Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers across the state of South Dakota. To this day, as a CIO, I rely on the relationships, partnerships, and knowledge I gained as a trainer.
I reside in Madison, South Dakota where my wife and I are raising our two daughters, Emily and Riley.
As Network Director for the Prairie Health IT Network, I oversee the strategic direction and development of our Network programs, services and activities. Our current Network efforts include delivery of shared IT services between our partners in addition to the development and delivery of the “It’s a HIT!” training program.
I entered the world of Health IT from my past work with Prairie Community Health, Inc. a rural Federally Qualified Health Center in Northwestern, South Dakota. I was a member of their Clinical Informatics Department, which helped my skill base grow in achieving Meaningful Use Standards, Clinical Quality Improvement and Workflow Redesign. Growing up in rural South Dakota has helped me to better understand and appreciate the need for healthcare in our small communities.
I am a born and raised native of Isabel, SD.
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