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Tom Tan – Lexington Medical Center

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Time was that employees at Lexington Medical Center had to navigate an inventory forest while trying to keep the health care network supplied. With 73,000 clinical and nonclinical items in the database, it could be impossible to tell what they really needed, how it was priced and who supplied it. Director of IT Services Tom […]

Thurston Smith – Swope Health Services

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people’s physical health, it’s also taken a toll in other ways. “People with a history of mental illness were among the first people we reached out to because we can’t let them fall through the cracks,” says Thurston Smith, the CIO with Swope Health Services. “Just because COVID is […]

Tom Merkle – Houston Eye Associates

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As an aerospace engineer and propulsion system designer at NASA, Tom Merkle was living a life many could only dream of—immersed in high-profile, adrenaline-coursing projects that helped bring “the final frontier” a little closer to home. During his eight-year tenure, he worked on propulsion requirement and mass properties configuration design for almost 20 Space Shuttle […]

Thomas Polk – Midwest Eye Consultants, P.C.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When providing critical healthcare, the last thing a doctor should have to worry about is slow or wonky technology. This belief is what guides Thomas Polk, the CIO of Midwest Eye Consultants, P.C., as he implements tools to help both patients and doctors. As the eye care company’s first person to hold this title, he […]

Ted Bayack – Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital

Est. reading time: 4 mins

On hold for the past year, some capital projects will resume in due time at this community hospital’s infotech department. Backup systems will be upgraded and servers replaced. Security monitoring always a concern at healthcare facilities, it too will be reassessed. But like an emergency department practicing triage, the IT staff at Hugh Chatham Memorial […]

Tarunjeet “T.J.” Mann – Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Anybody still doubt the need for a hospital’s defenses against data theft? Then access the dark web via an anonymizing browser and see what’s for sale. Among the items most in demand: electronic medical records of babies and small children, some of whom have died. As a bonus to the buyer, chances are at least […]

Tony Damron – Pikeville Medical Center

Est. reading time: 6 mins

There’s something to be said about growing up in your hometown, spending time away to gain perspective, and then returning in a position to make a difference—in this instance, helping direct technological solutions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Such was the case for Pikeville Medical Center’s CIO Tony Damron. Growing up in rural southeastern Kentucky, […]

Troy Di Lello – Forefront TeleCare Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For an 80-year-old living in a nursing home in rural Oklahoma, connecting to a psychiatric specialist might be a challenge. For starters, your doctor might work in a far-away city and travel is difficult for you. But with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandating care for residents of these far-flung homes, and […]

Tom Smith – Triad Radiology Associates

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It happens every day, in clinics and emergency rooms around the country: People fall through the cracks. A man injured in a car crash who, years later, learns he has late-stage kidney cancer which went undetected in the post-accident scans. A woman whose mammogram follow-up never gets scheduled because of a clerical error. Fifteen years […]

Tom Sieg – HM Health Solutions

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Working the grueling graveyard shift, 1 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, unpacking computers and assembling grocery store registers. It wasn’t the job Tom Sieg envisioned after earning his college degree in management information systems. But this was the midst of the recession after 9/11 and the dot-com bubble burst, and he had applied […]

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