I'm a farm-kid from Indiana. With no money for college, I enlisted in the Air Force as an IT Specialist. While on active-duty and working full-time, I finished my undergrad in Business (Magna Cum Laude), and my first masters degree (Public Administration).
Then the Air Force offered a direct commission as a USAF Officer (hospital administration) -- and I accepted.
As a USAF officer, I was lucky enough to serve as...
- CIO at a small community hospital
- Administrator of an Air Transportable Hospital (like an Air Force version of a M*A*S*H unit) during Desert Shield/Storm -- shot at and missed (see: "lucky")
- Deputy CIO at the USAF School of Healthcare Sciences
- Completed a second masters (MS in Health Informatics)
- CIO at the Air Force's Largest Regional Command (14 hospitals and clinics across the Southern US)
- CIO at one of the Air Force's largest Medical Centers
- COO for a USAF Expeditionary Medical Unit deployed to the Middle East supporting multi-national warfighters enforcing Iraqi No-Fly-Zone Operations (Operation Southern Watch)
- Chief Technology Officer for Air Force Health System's World-Wide Operations in Washington DC
After 20 years and 21 days of military service, I retired from the USAF and started a civilian career that's included CIO roles at Scripps Health, Seattle Children's, Steward Healthcare, and CEO of Next Wave Connect.
Over the past few years, I've also been an independent consultant at drexio digital health & drexio innovation network.
And in 2021, I had the great opportunity to join CrowdStrike as their Executive Healthcare Strategist!
It's been a crazy, lucky ride, and I've learned a ton. Now, I want to share my experience with you. How can I help?!
PS: That's Jackpot. He's a real dog, and you can follow him on Instagram. He's also the Chief Dog Officer at drexio and 3xDrex.
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