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CARING member spotlight.

Patrick Shannon, RN, MS, CPHIMS; 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), which is currently deployed worldwide in over 486 clinics in all time zones.

Getting involved with nursing informatics: 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 his appetite for using a variety of technologies while stationed at various duty assignments. After completing his master's degree from the University of Utah, his assignments have continued to allow him to practice in nursing informatics in a variety of forums.

Highlights of Informatics 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
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Title Annotation:SPOTLIGHT; Patrick Shannon
Publication:CARING Newsletter
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2007
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