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  • Healthcare 20/20: The Technology Vision, Part III

    May 20, 2015


Upcoming Events


Meet and Greet

Come meet the new Board of Directors for an informal networking event!


PA Healthcare Summit

Save the Date for the 2nd Annual PA Healthcare Summit hosted by AAHA, ACHE, HFMA, and HIMSS.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016
Western PA HIMSS Board of Directors!

President: Jenny Sabol
President-Elect: TBD
Immediate Past President: Otto Salguero
Co-Secretary: Vince D'Itri and Elaina Sendro
Treasurer: Mike Cassidy
Mohamad Arif Ali
Scott Bachik
Debbie Balcik
Kristin Biedinger
Marcus Bruhn
Jeff Fallon
Peter Haigh
John Ritter
We are still looking for members to join our committees, which include Advocacy, Communications, Finance, Programs, Professional Development, and Sponsorship. Please contact Jenny Sabol at jennifer.sabol@gmail.com or 412-496-3494 if you would like to get involved!

Western PA HIMSS Member Spotlight
May 2015

Sharon Dorogy
CIO, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh

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WPHIMSS: Please tell us about your current work at The Children’s Institute?
Dorogy: I am the CIO for The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.  In that role I have responsibility for our Information Systems and Health Information Management strategic and operational activities across our entire facility.  Our organization is unique in that it actually has three components:  a healthcare component (inpatient and outpatient rehab services), a school component (our Day School is an approved/Department of Education private school), and a social service component (Project STAR services the surrounding Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland counties).  So, as the CIO I have the responsibility to keep abreast of information management trends that span healthcare, schools and non-profit/social

WPHIMSS: What lead you to a career in health IT?
Dorogy: My formal education and experience is in Computer Science and also Education.  Prior to entering the healthcare field, I worked in the business sector for Westinghouse Electric Corp and Union Switch and Signal.  It was somewhat by accident that I entered the healthcare spectrum.  After I completed my Master’s degree, I was looking for a position that would somehow combine technology with education.  I was fortunate to find that unique position with a hospital system that was creating a house-wide PC-network with a front-end help desk service area.  The rest is history…with one opportunity leading to other opportunities within the healthcare and education space!

WPHIMSS: What do you love most about what you do?
Dorogy: I enjoy so many aspects of being involved with The Children’s Institute, but if I had to pick what I love the most, I would say I enjoy working with a great group of people who have a respect for how information management/technology contributes to the overall mission of The Children’s Institute.

WPHIMSS: What do you see as the main challenges facing healthcare CIOs over the next few years?
Dorogy: When I think of main challenges for healthcare CIOs, I immediately think of the two global areas: (1) fast-paced technology changes/innovations and (2) the changing healthcare regulatory/reimbursement/clinical continuum environment.  In addition, when you factor-in the natural human element (both the employees in the workplace and the consumers that are our patients/customers), it becomes apparent that the CIO role is not only a challenging role, but it is also a strategically critical role for the healthcare system. 

WPHIMSS: Can you share any memorable WPHIMSS moments/events from your time serving as Chapter President?
Dorogy: I’ve had the good fortune of being able to serve the Western PA Chapter of HIMSS in several leadership capacities.  As past President and Board member, I actually have two memorable events.  The first was being part of the leadership team that established the Student Scholarship program.  That was a landmark for our organization, not only in terms of being able to fund such a scholarship, but also because of the ability to have the up-n-coming talent become part of our profession!  My second memorable event was the involvement in the program/event development.  I can still remember the one program that we actually SOLD-OUT!  That was exciting…we really ‘hit-the-mark’ on meeting the needs of the members. 

WPHIMSS: What do you hope to gain from involvement in the Chapter as it continues to evolve?
Dorogy: As the Western PA Chapter continues to evolve, I look forward to the programming events that continue to address the information systems topics that attract our healthcare information technology professionals.  In addition, I think it’s important to also be thinking about the perspective and the involvement of the consumer.  With the widespread interest and adoption of EMRs and the HIEs, there is still so much work to be done in terms of educating, networking and learning from one another.  Western PA HIMSS keep up the good work!




Welcome to HIMSS15!



WPHIMSS Board of Directors Members,
Marcus Bruhn and Jenny Sabol



WPHIMSS Board of Directors Member, Robert Sheesley, speaking at the luncheon with the Ohio HIMSS Chapters



Thank you to all of the Western PA HIMSS Sponsors
for your continued support!

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Congratulations to Western PA HIMSS
Board of Directors Member, Marcus Bruhn,
for completing his CAHIMS Certification
at the HIMSS15 Conference!



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