Mr. Claude Hines, Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer for Micro­Health, LLC spoke to an audi­ence of stu­dents at McKin­ley Tech­nol­ogy High School in Wash­ing­ton, DC on May 4th dur­ing a Tech Career Day.

“You may not real­ize it, but your career starts now. What you do today will define you tomor­row.” Mr. Hines said.

Mr. Hines’ 50 minute pre­sen­ta­tion at McKin­ley Tech­nol­ogy High School cov­ered a lot of ground from his per­sonal life, to his mil­i­tary career, to start­ing up a busi­ness, to the Health Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (HIT) indus­try. His jour­ney, both per­sonal and pro­fes­sional, was an inspi­ra­tion to McKin­ley stu­dents, espe­cially to juniors and seniors who are focused not only on col­lege appli­ca­tions, but their future careers and lives. The stu­dents inter­ested in the area of Health Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy gained a greater under­stand­ing of the indus­try, of the many career fields and the wide vari­ety of job oppor­tu­ni­ties within it and of the edu­ca­tion they would need to receive in order to pur­sue a path to suc­cess sim­i­lar to that of Mr. Claude Hines.

Retir­ing with the rank of Colonel from the US Army in Decem­ber 2011, Mr. Hines made a great impact in the area of mil­i­tary health­care over his 26 year career, specif­i­cally with the imple­men­ta­tion of three crit­i­cal ini­tia­tives – the deploy­ment of the Elec­tronic Health Record (EHR) at the White House Med­ical Unit; the Vir­tual Life­time Elec­tronic Health Record (VLER); an the DoD-​Department of Vet­er­ans’ Affairs Fed­eral Health Care Cen­ter in North Chicago. His lead­er­ship as a Pro­gram Man­ager (PM) for the Defense Health Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tem (DHIMS) where he man­aged the DoD Elec­tronic Health Record, had a direct effect on more than 9.7 mil­lion mil­i­tary ben­e­fi­ciary records, touch­ing the lives of thou­sands of our men and women in uni­form, at home and deployed in com­bat, and their fam­i­lies. Upon retire­ment, Mr. Hines’ desire to con­tinue to advance the field of Health Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy com­pelled him to join Micro­Health, LLC and work towards chang­ing the face of med­i­cine and health­care through rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech­nol­ogy.