CARING member spotlight.Patrick Shannon, RN, MS, CPHIMS CPHIMS Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems ; CARING Board Member
Job Title: Outpatient Product Line Manager
Current job role: Project Management for the development projects and implementations of the Military Health System's Electronic Health Record (AHLTA AHLTA Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (formerly CHCS II ; US DoD military health system) ), which is currently deployed worldwide in over 486 clinics in all time zones.
Getting involved with nursing informatics Nursing Informatics is a specialty of Health care informatics which deals with the support of nursing by information systems in delivery, documentation, administration and evaluation of patient care and prevention of diseases. : Ever since he started in nursing 20 years ago, he explored ways to make his work easier, quicker, and smarter. After graduation, he was commissioned in the Army Nurse Corps and was able to satiate sa·ti·ate
tr.v. sa·ti·at·ed, sa·ti·at·ing, sa·ti·ates
1. To satisfy (an appetite or desire) fully.
2. To satisfy to excess.
Filled to satisfaction. his appetite for using a variety of technologies while stationed at various duty assignments. After completing his master's degree master's degree
An academic degree conferred by a college or university upon those who complete at least one year of prescribed study beyond the bachelor's degree.
Noun 1. from the University of Utah The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU), located in Salt Lake City, is the flagship public research university in the state of Utah, and one of 10 institutions that make up the Utah System of Higher Education. , his assignments have continued to allow him to practice in nursing informatics in a variety of forums.
Highlights of Informatics Same as information technology and information systems. The term is more widely used in Europe. Experiences: He has enjoyed many wonderful experiences and challenges as well as encountered what others might view as 'failures'. He looks upon these so-called 'failures' as opportunities, and states, "I don't look at failures as failures, but as successful learning experiences--just because something didn't work, doesn't mean we didn't have a valuable learning experience...yes, I am a glass half-full person!!" Some of his best moments occurred during a Computerized Provider Order Entry implementation. He recalled that many providers doubted it could be done. But with much support and lots of planning and the work of key individuals, it was accomplished. He also recalled the successful seven month rollout of the Army Medical Department's interim surgical scheduling system as another great highlight--under budget and on schedule! Lastly, his work on the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) Initiative has also been a rewarding and productive experience.
He invites CARING members to contact him about these topics: Acquisitions, Project Management, and the TIGER Initiative. Members can find his contact info in the member directory at www.caringonline.org.