Not at all according to the plan …
Healthcare wasn’t the plan. I was going to teach Economics at University and work on research in the Economic field of Property Rights.
That changed when I failed to matriculate into the PhD program at the University of Arizona in 2004. What was initially a devastating set back became a catalyst.
I spent several years trying to find ‘the thing’ that would make my professional life meaningful. Working in the Airline and Advertising Industries, while challenging, didn’t have ‘it’ for me.
In 2008 I joined Desert Oasis Healthcare (part of the Heritage Provider Network) and finally found an industry which I could be passionate about.
I started as an analyst with one of the managed care programs, helping to identify the highest risk members and prevent unnecessary utilizations.
After a year I joined theNextGen team as a template editor and support member. When I first started, NextGen had only 75 providers and 300 users.
Today, as the Director of Business Informatics, NextGen is used by more than 200 providers and 1000 users across 35 practices in the Coachella Valley and High Desert. NextGen touches the lives of more than 60,000 members and another 20,000 non-members.