It’s that time of year again. Love is in the air so our members are opening up about why they love Health IT. Despite the variations below, we certainly “love” how it all comes back to the heart of the matter – the patient.

“As someone who has worked in Health IT for more than a decade—starting with helping my dad’s clinic transition from paper charts to their first electronic health record in 2010—this work will always hold a special place in my heart. Today, the industry is growing leaps and bounds and interoperability is now becoming an expectation rather than a luxury.”

Liz Buckle, Director of Product, CommonWell Health Alliance

“My baby brother was born with an uncommon congenital heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot, which required multiple open-heart surgeries starting at 10 months old. Now that he’s moved away from home I watch both my parents and him struggle to transition the massive amount of clinical documentation to new doctors. This creates fear and uncertainty when my brother seeks needed medical care. The chance to support my brother is one of the main reasons why I’m so motivated to work for improvements in healthcare data interoperability.”

Scott Bowerman, Sales Account Executive, Particle Health

“I love Health IT because data is at the heart of what makes excellent patient care possible. When providers are fully informed, it has a real impact on the quality of telehealth visits, care coordination efforts, and chronic disease management. It’s why we do what we do.”

Steve Yaskin, Chief Executive Officer, Health Gorilla

“It’s exciting to witness the transformative shift in how the industry views interoperability. It’s no longer seen as just a technical concept discussed in IT circles, but rather an important step toward achieving person-centered care. For interoperability to reach its full potential, we must make it easy for clinicians to access a patient’s complete medical record— regardless of location or care setting—and quickly identify the most meaningful information. Doing so will lead to more informed decisions, improved outcomes, and a better care experience for patients and providers alike.”

Mike Cordeiro, Senior Director, Interoperability Market & Product Strategy, MEDITECH

“I’ve been in healthcare IT for 28 years and I can say, unequivocally, that it never gets boring. In fact, it’s hard and there is never a lack of challenging problems that need to be overcome to advance patient care and improve the effectiveness of our healthcare community. The progress made in health IT over the last 8-10 years has been incredible.  While there are still areas for improvement, the healthcare IT community as a whole has so much to be proud of. Napolean Hill once said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” I believe that there will be a day, in the not too distant future where a) interoperability is a given, b) data is standardized and actionable, c) and clinicians have the data and systems they need to provide the quality of care that inspired them to go into healthcare in the first place. There are many that share my belief and are working tirelessly to make this a reality. So, why do I love health IT? Because I get to work with some of the most brilliant minds that are oriented around the common goal of making a difference in healthcare. It’s gratifying to know that my efforts have the potential to make a profound impact on the health of others.”

Stephanie Broderick, Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Clinical Architecture