Chief Production Officer, BestNotes EHR
Jayte is a clinical informatics specialist with a decade of success in the development of health technologies used by providers all over the nation. A native to Idaho, Jayte has always enjoyed exploring the use of new and cutting-edge technologies and determining their use in solving complex problems. Jayte has engineered solutions to increase provider efficiency and to meet broad interoperability functionality, among other distinctions in the field. In addition to expanding the knowledge and confidence in the use of health IT for Idaho members, through HIMSS Jayte hopes to engage members in conversations and activities that promote healthier communities and a more productive and effective healthcare workforce. Jayte lives in Twin Falls, Idaho with his wife and two kids where they enjoy hacking on small tech projects and gazing into the darkness at far off objects in the cosmos.back to top
Chief Marketing Officer, BestNotes EHR
Jon Winther is a native Idahoan and a proud University of Idaho alumni. Jon’s education includes Political Science, Social Work and a Master’s in Business Administration. Jon’s interest in the crossroads between Social Sciences and Technology, naturally led him to a career in Healthcare IT. For the past decade, Jon has led the marketing and business development efforts for the Behavioral Health focused EHR – BestNotes. Through HIMSS, Jon’s interested in Healthcare Public Policy initiatives, rural care development and ensuring parity between physical and mental healthcare.back to top
Sr. Cybersecurity Analyst, St. Luke's Health System
Lorraine Bessmer is seasoned professional with 18 years of IT industry experience including 14 years as a data center and Internet professional. Over the last 8 years she has focused on information security in the healthcare industry where balancing protecting patient data with enabling access to the right users has been the primary focus. She joined a major health system in Portland Oregon, Legacy Health, and led an information security team. Now she has joined St. Luke’s in Boise in a similar role. Lorraine is a graduate of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) with a Master’s Certificate in Biomedical Informatics. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Third Party Risk Professional (CTPRP).
Lorraine has served on the Board of Directors for the Health Information Management Systems Society(HIMSS), including 2 years as the Idaho Chapter President preceded by Idaho Advocacy Chair. Prior to moving to Idaho, Lorraine served on the Oregon Chapter for 6 years, acting in a variety of roles including; Programs Chair, Treasurer, and Advocacy Chair. She is also involved in the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).back to top
Rhett W. Jackson
Director of IT, Madison Memorial Hospital
Rhett W. Jackson is a business and technology visionary with over 15 years of experience leading and directing teams in leveraging technology to: solve organizational problems, improve efficiencies, reduce costs, eliminate waste, and improve working environments. He is an active participant in leading change and leveraging resources by establishing a shared vision and improving collaboration; he also serves on various committees and councils. Originally from Alamosa, Colorado, he moved to Rexburg, Idaho in 2012, where he is currently the Director of Information Systems for Madison Memorial Hospital.
Rhett is an innovative and driven individual with an outstanding record of success. A few of his accomplishments include:
- Negotiated multi-vendor contracts that resulted in savings, service fee reductions, penalties, and/or additional services to the amount of over $6.2 million over 7 years.
- Developed budgeting methodology which reduced the time for hardware deployment by over 200% and lowered administrative costs by $300K.
- Restructured staffing and centralized processes, which resulted in a reduction of FTE and reduced the delivery time of physician documentation from hours down to minutes.
- Evaluated budgets, technical expenditures and in-house vs. out-sourced services, cutting costs by $70K annually.
- Evaluated and performed time studies for end user logins; implanted technology that provided seamless access to applications while incorporating two-point authentication for increased security, resulting in time savings of 30-50min. / clinical staff / work shift.
Rhett is a graduate of Adams State University; he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business and Computer Administration and is proficient in Spanish. As a dedicated athlete in high school he became a multi-event state champion in track and field. Rhett is now a father of 10 children and strives to help others by serving in his church and community.back to top
Vice President, Health Systems informatics
Bryon Mecham serves as Vice President of Sales for Health System Informatics (HSi). He has more than 17 years’ experience in healthcare with nine of those years in healthcare IT. Bryon’s main focus has always been being a true consultative partner with healthcare organizations in helping them achieve their goals. He has successfully delivered industry-leading solutions and consultants from major academic medical centers to rural critical access hospitals. One of the keys to his success is helping the small healthcare organizations feel like they are just as important as the larger organizations. Leveraging his experience in sales and recruiting he is able to ensure the utmost quality and collaboration with clients.
Bryon’s expertise includes delivering excellence in full system implementation, revenue upgrade and optimization, training, strategic planning and resources, HIPAA compliance, security assessments and upgrades, clinical readiness, communications, clinical application build, test, optimize, behavioral health, registration process improvement over multiple EMR’s including Epic, Cerner, Allscripts, McKesson, Meditech, CPSI, and Siemens. His approach consistently leads to being a top producer focused on results. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University-Idaho and serves on the Idaho HIMSS Board.back to top
Programs Committee Chair
IT Manager, St. Luke's Health System
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Kevin Robinson, RN, MSN
Membership Committee Chair
Clinical informaticist, Portneuf Medical Center
Over the past twenty-six years Kevin gained hands-on experience in a wide range of healthcare environments, including intensive care, critical care, dialysis, and outpatient units. His passion for healthcare innovation led him to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Informatics. he has been serving as a health informatics specialist for Portneuf Medical Center for the past five years, and was recently awarded the Nursing Excellence Award from the International Nurses Association.
His success stems from his expertise in the following areas: Meaningful Use and Quality E-Measures, Troubleshooting and User Training, Computerized Charting and Flowsheets, Project Management and Technical Support, Clinical Operations and Patient Care.
Kevin is new to the HIMSS board and looking to forward to meeting and working with healthcare information technology experts and see continued improvement of healthcare technology.
Kevin is married and has five children, he lives with his wife in Blackfoot Idaho. Enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors. He is an avid skier and loves hiking and camping with his familyback to top
Chapter Advocacy Chair
CIO, Valley Family Health Center
Mr. Hodges currently works as a Sr. Consultant for Qualis Health, a Quality Innovation Network who’s mission to generate, apply, and disseminate knowledge to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and health outcomes. As a consultant, Mr. Hodges assists providers with navigating the many challenges of healthcare transformation. From volume to value, implementing of EHRs, navigating meaningful use, optimizing the use of clinical data, workflow redesign, population health and administrative operations, Mr. Hodges is dedicated to assisting the healthcare community in reaching the objectives of the Triple Aim. In his role at Qualis, Mr. Hodges often collaborates with providers, healthcare leadership teams, stakeholders and industry specific associations, to drive adoption of CMS initiatives. Mr. Hodges is a frequent national speaker on healthcare technology, innovation, leadership and EHR best practices. Prior to joining Qualis Health, Mr. Hodges was a HIT strategy consultant for Sage Software/WebMD. For 6 years Mr. Hodges traveled the country working with providers, hospitals, medical groups and senior leadership teams as they integrated health information technology into their daily operations. Mr. Hodges was also previously the Supervisor for a large regional hospital and ambulatory clinic system’s IT department.
Mr. Hodges is a LEAN Practitioner, Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT), and a Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP.
Zach is a member of the Idaho Health IT Workgroup, a founding member of the Idaho TeleHealth taskforce and current President of the Idaho Chapter of HIMSS. Zach volunteers with the Idaho Medical Reserve Corps and has been on the TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) for CWI’s (College of Western Idaho) Medical Administration program for over 3 years.
Mr. Hodges attends graduate school at OHSU (Oregon Health and Science University) in Portland, OR, and will graduate with a MBA in Healthcare in 2018.
Zach lives in Boise, ID with his wife Debra and two daughters, Piper and Shiloh. In his spare time (LOL), Zach enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and camping in the back county of Idaho, boating & rafting the many lakes and rivers throughout the region, photography, snowboarding and backyard BBQs.back to top
Health IT Manager, Idaho Primary Care Association
Michael is responsible for coordinating the IPCA's information technology efforts. He serves as the coordinator and liaison with the Community Health Centers. He works closely with staff to integrate technology into the various programs and is the primary conduit between the IPCA and the health center organizations in Idaho.back to top
IHT Ambulatory Manager, St. Luke's Health System
Angela Byington has worked in healthcare since 1996, for many years in the HIM division. She started at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise as an application analyst in the IT department in 2013, moving later to a team lead, and is currently an Ambulatory applications manager at St. Luke's. Angela holds a BBA in Healthcare Information Systems Management and Computer Information Systems and an MBA with Healthcare Administration emphasis. She served as the HIMSS Idaho Chapter secretary from 2015-2017.back to top
Director of Information Systems, Bonner General Health
Jeremy Welser has over 17 years of experience in the education and healthcare sectors of the IT industry. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Walla Walla University. Jeremy has served as Director of Information Systems for Bonner General Health, a critical access hospital in Northern Idaho, for the last four years. Jeremy has a wide-range of experience in a variety of areas including Networking, Virtualization, Project Management, Meaningful Use, and Security. Jeremy lives with his wife and two children in Sandpoint, ID where they enjoy spending time together boating, hiking, biking, skiing and camping.back to top
Client Services Manager, iMethods
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Programs - Webinar Chair
Business Development Manager, Experis
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Board Members At Large:
Board Member At Large
IT Manager, St. Luke's Health System
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Board Member At Large
Consultant, Highpoint Medical Quality Initiatives Team
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