The Fire That Drives Me Forward – #thewalkinggallery
I started in Healthcare in the 1990s. I went to law school and became an attorney in private practice. I enjoyed practicing law and was doing well, however a friend of mine from Carrollton Georgia, was starting a new EMR company called Greenway Health, and I wanted to be part of it. I signed on with Greenway Health in 2000 as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Privacy Officer. I protected patient data in electronic form, or ePHI, through our development and growth of Greenway Health. My wife, Debbie, was one of the first employees at Greenway and actually wrote code for the first iteration of the EMR, and served as Vice President of Product Management.
In addition, Debbie is a Type 1 Diabetic, she’s had Juvenile Diabetes since age three. Our plan was to begin a family although we weren’t sure this would happen. While the introduction of insulin therapy in 1920 made it possible for people to live with diabetes, the risk of complications to baby and Mother in a diabetic pregnancy were still so great that is seemed doubtful our dreams would come true.
In 2002 because of the advancements in the delivery of insulin to diabetics, specifically the insulin pump, Debbie was able to carry three beautiful, healthy babies to full term, changing our lives forever.
I’ve witnessed a lot of changes in healthcare and our ability to document patient data over the last 20 years. Many of our original ideas have been thrown out and replaced by better ones. We realize now that EMR systems were not the panacea we believed them to be because of proprietary issues. Without true interoperability, an EMR is basically an electronic silo of health data. Until we open this and share the information, we are restricting the progress and limiting the outcome for patients.
I left Greenway Health in 2013 when the company was acquired by Vista Equity Partners. I took with me memories of HIPAA compliance discussions, and legal wranglings of health information. I wasn’t finished yet. In 2014 I decided to jump back into Health IT and am currently CEO of Fogo Data Centers. I’m now protecting huge stores of patient data against cybercrime, ransomware attacks and malware. At Fogo, we believe that we are only as good as the communities we serve. We take data protection seriously and want to change the face of data management in cloud computing.
Thanks to Regina Holliday, I am now a member of The Walking Gallery of Healthcare, and will proudly wear my jacket at every opportunity, and share my patient story with all who ask. I’m was honored to be included in the “Top 5” of the “#HIT100” this year. I look forward to working with this industry as we conquer interoperability and share information across EMR silos. I’m a patient advocate, attorney, CEO, wannabe dirt biker, and my hobbies include golf and marathon running. I’m available to talk about my health story any time- just ask
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