Impact Podcast Series

Susan Sharer

Shining a light on the women creating impact, and leading organizations and mission-focused strategic programs across the Federal Technology and Consulting Community. read less

Taking the Lead In the Healthcare Space
Nov 16 2022
Taking the Lead In the Healthcare Space
Today we speak to Julie Hoyte, an Army-trained and registered radiology technologist who has started a company that is making strides on the post Covid world.  Julie HoyteJulie Hoyte, HITS CEO, is an Army-trained & registered radiology technologist, has her BS in Nursing from the University of Rochester, and MS in Public Administration with a focus on Healthcare Administration from Troy University. She possesses over 25 years of diverse military & civilian healthcare, and health IT experience as an imaging informaticist. She is the proud mother to a Fleet Marine Force Navy Corpsman, loves to swim, loves dogs, great food and wine, and to simply have a great time laughing. When Julie is not scaling HITS, she is a DAV Commander of her local chapter, and is a vocal member of the DAV Department (state-level) Executive. In addition, she provides Chronic Disease Self-Management Program training to incarcerated veterans in Prince William County semi-yearly so they learn effective ways of dealing with their substance abuse and mental health issues, in hope of reducing veteran recidivism. HITSHITS works alongside our technology partners to strategically plan, design, document, and test healthcare and health IT solutions from the ground up, taking collaboration to the next level. We leverage 25 years+ of military and civilian healthcare and health IT experience to create solutions that satisfy requirements of both the functional and technical communities. We utilize this multi-domain expertise to help develop enterprise and interagency health IT solutions within the federal, state, and local government and commercial space. HITS core capabilities are Human Centered Design and Engineering, Program and Project Management Support, Quality Assurance, Information Management, User Training, and Staff Augmentation. HITS has past experience in supporting contracts on Garrison systems and Combatant Command Operational Support within the Defense Health Agency. HITS is a Small, Economically Disadvantaged Woman, Service-Disabled Veteran, Minority-Owned, 8(a) Business which began operating in 2018 and is headquartered in Woodbridge, VA. We are open to teaming.
The Importance of Passion in Healthcare
Nov 9 2022
The Importance of Passion in Healthcare
Taking advantage of every opportunity and chance to grow is the key to achieving career goals.  Today we discuss being an impactful leader with Claudine Beron the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Initiate Government Solutions. Claudine Beron, PMP, Chief Executive Officer, Initiate Government Solutions, LLCClaudine Beron, MA, PMP, is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Initiate Government Solutions. Claudine has more than 30 years of experience in health information technology. Ms. Beron’s experience includes large scale information systems and information technology implementation and support. Working with the largest clinical data warehouse in the federal government for researchers, Ms. Beron has focused on solving healthcare data standardization, interoperability, quality and useability by developing tools using natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence to manage big data, see trends, and pin-point proactively issues in large population data sets. Claudine has previously acted as the Chair of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Clinical & Business Intelligence Committee (C&BI) and co-founder of the Federal Health Community. Ms. Beron has a Masters in International Transactions from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts from Park University.About IGSInitiate Government Solutions, LLC is a health information technology services company that supports improving public healthcare organizations. Our focus is on data analytics, informatics, migration of data solutions, applications and operations, and modernization of federal EHR systems. We support medical research for over 16 million veterans and 10,000 researchers, turning raw clinical data into actionable healthcare for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As well as migration of all legacy data across the enterprise from VistA to HealthEIntent for VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM). We also support RPMS for over 400 Indian Health Service and tribal clinical facilities. We have achieved Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 for both Services and Development and certified ISO 9001:2015, 20000-1:2018, 27001:2013, 28001:2007.
NIH CISO Provides Insight on Future of FedHealthIT
Nov 2 2022
NIH CISO Provides Insight on Future of FedHealthIT
Today we get a feel for the mentors that can really make a difference in a person’s career with a chat with Jothi Dugar first Chief Information Security Officer at the National Institutes of Health, Center for Information Technology as well as the Acting Deputy Director.  Jothi Dugar, Acting Deputy Director, CISO, Wellness/Life Coach, Author, SpeakerJothi Dugar is a leader in the Cybersecurity field, and currently functioning as the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the National Institutes of Health, Center for Information Technology (NIH CIT) as well as the Acting Deputy Director.  Jothi brings a wealth of experience and expertise and uses new and innovative methods and solutions to address longstanding, challenging issues. Jothi also brings a passion for diversity in the workplace. She believes that valuing different ways of looking at and handling things leads to more productivity, innovation, and happiness amongst the workforce. She is a prominent international speaker and frequently speaks about the value of a diverse workforce, women in leadership, holistic approaches to Cybersecurity, Wellness for the technology world, and other topics industry events and has been published in numerous magazines, media, and press.  She is also an internal best selling author and has written three books focused on self help, wellness, and women in Cybersecurity. National Institutes of HealthThe National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s largest medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. The National Institutes of Health is made up of 27 different components called Institutes and Centers. Each has its own specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. The Center for Information Technology (CIT) is one of twenty-seven institutes and centers at the NIH responsible for providing trans-NIH IT services, systems, and network capabilities with an annual budget of approximately $500 million and a 1,000-person workforce.
Making a Splash in the FedHealthIT Space
Oct 12 2022
Making a Splash in the FedHealthIT Space
Highlighting the women making a splash in the FedHealthIT Industry.Today we hear from Lauren Thompson of Principal Innovation, LLC, “I’ve always wanted to make a difference.” Lauren Thompson, Principal Innovation, LLCLauren Thompson, Ph.D. is a leader, consultant and coach with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. Throughout her career, Dr. Thompson has focused on building the quality and capacity of the U.S. health care system to enhance the delivery of care across organizational boundaries through interoperable health systems. Her leadership of federal interagency programs and public-private partnerships advanced the state of health data interoperability. Her leadership in professional services, information technology, health research, and federally funded research and development organizations guided interoperability and program integration across federal agencies. She embodies coaching as a core tenet of her leadership to align individual, team and organizational goals and strategies in fulfillment of mission. Dr. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Strategic Management from The George Washington University and is adjunct faculty in the School of Public Administration and Key Executive Leadership Program at American University.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenthompsonphd/Principal Innovation, LLCPrincipal Innovation, LLC is woman-owned small business delivering high impact value to customers in the public and private sectors. Principal Innovation bring to bear extensive experience as senior executives, program managers, leadership and team coaches, and business, information technology and organizational design strategists to help customers build leadership capacity and optimize mission results. As consultants, strategists and coaches, Principal Innovation works with leaders and teams to navigate professional, organizational and industry dynamics to create high performing teams and business strategies aligned with purpose, mission, and values. Our services include:· Strategy creation, organization design, implementation planning and resource optimization· Executive coaching and leader development· Team coaching and leadership team alignment· Enterprise and program governance and management