Security Analyst, IHT Security, 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 7 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 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 with a Master’s Certificate in Biomedical Informatics. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Lorraine has served on the Board of Directors for the Health Information Managers Systems Society(HIMSS), Oregon Chapter for 6 years, serving in a variety of roles including; Programs Chair, Treasurer, and Advocacy Chair. She is also active in the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).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. She has a close association with the Informatics Department at the ISU College of Business. 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
Zachary M. Hodges, CPHIT, CHP
Past President / Chapter Advocacy Chair
CIO, Valley Family Health Care
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
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
Carrie Powers is a seasoned healthcare professional with 14 years of healthcare experience including 10 years of practice management with an emphasis in health information management and business office management. Over the past 4 years she has transitioned into information technology. Beginning as an EPIC ambulatory application analyst in 2013, she now holds a position as IT Project Lead in Data and Analytics at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. Carrie hold a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Technology from Boise State University. She also holds certification from EPIC in Ambulatory, Ambulatory Analytics, Healthy Planet, and Care Everywhere.
Carrie serves on the HIMSS Health Business Solutions Committee, and also participates in the HIMSS Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force.
Carrie lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband James and 4 children, Anthony, Lance, Layne, and Lucy. She enjoys spending time with her family camping, fishing, and attending sports activities.
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Kevin Robinson, RN, MSN
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 family. 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
Student, Boise State University
Ryan is currently enrolled at Boise State University in the Health Informatics and Information Management program. He is also pursuing minors in both Information Technology Management and Cybersecurity.
Before going back to school, Ryan received his B.A. in Psychology from Walla Walla University. He then spent almost 5 years as a product manager for Medacta, an orthopedic implant device company.
Ryan decided he needed to find a way to merge his passion for technology with his health care experience. He has since gotten his A+, Security+, and Healthcare IT Technician certifications from CompTIA.back to top