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.