Health Informatics Education, Career Development & Diversity Careers during COVID Webinar

April 15, 2021 | Chapter Event

Join the HIMSS National Capital Area Chapter (NCA) on April 15 at 12:00 pm CT to explore how large health care systems use informatics. These organizations have the onerous task of making their highest paid employees—their doctors and nurses—spend time documenting their patient’s care in electronic health records (EHRs). To ensure these clinicians are well trained, and to accept their inevitable feedback on the systems, these organizations rely upon a special workforce: informatics professionals with backgrounds in both healthcare and the human computer interaction. In this session we will hear from informatics leaders in the Military Health System (MHS), Veterans Health Administration and other federal health leaders, about their challenges promoting education and retaining a diverse group of such experts, especially given the special challenges of COVID.


Colonel Tom Cantililna
Chief Health Information Officer, Defense Health Agency

Col. Thomas J. Cantilina, MD, currently serves as the MHS Chief Health Informatics Officer and the Deputy MHS EHR Functional Champion at the Defense Health Agency (DHA). In these roles, he works to integrate the needs of clinicians, healthcare operators and technologists, to increase digital health solution adoption, create a data driven enterprise and transform care across the MHS, beginning with the implementation of MHS GENESIS.

Previously, Col. Cantilina was the special assistant to the AF Surgeon General for Defense Health Management Systems. In this position, his duties encompassed a broad set of activities around the implementation of MHS GENESIS to include consultation on system design and configuration, training, data integration, change management and anything else that is needed to help successfully deploy the new system. His expertise in medical informatics is also frequently utilized such as representing the AF Surgeon General at the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents.

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