NENIC Membership Spotlight Past!

 

Pat Rubalcaba RN is the Associate Director, IS Clinical Systems at Partners Healthcare in Boston, MA.  In this role, she leads a diverse team focused on enterprise integration and clinical systems development.

 Her career at Partners Information Systems began in 1991, when she was hired by MGH Information Systems as a Clinical Analyst, where she workedon multiple IT initiatives. When Partners was formed, Pat joined the Enterprise Services Department, and began to lead a team responsible for creation of the Partners Clinical Data Repository. Since that time, her responsibilities have grown to include additional key integration assets; the Enterprise Patient Master Index (EMPI), and the Corporate Provider Master (CPM). In addition, she oversees the SOA Program, which established a widely used means of accessing patient data residing in the multiple clinical repositories.    

The Clinical Data Repository is a large-scale enterprise repository, developed internally, consisting of laboratory, pathology, and other clinical data, populated in real-time by HL7 interfaces from multiple laboratory and other source systems.Pat’s leadership in developing the CDR has given her an appreciation for the complexities of clinical data integration, and experience in solving related issues that arise.    

Pat’s interests also include Health Information Exchange, and its role in supporting continuity of patient care.She and her team developed the Partners gateway to connect to the MA HIway, and the related processes required to send and receive clinical data.

Pat is an RN, currently licensed in MA, and holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Northeastern University.

 

Sandra McPherson DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS started her journey to CNIO of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Connecticut when she was offered the opportunity to build and update the supply inventory database for the new 

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OR electronic health record at William W. Backus Hospital. Dr. McPherson found that she had a keen interest in this type of work. Soon after, she transitioned to a full time role in Informatics at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.  She then went on to participate in or lead at least 20 implementations in different care areas. She has experience with a number of vendors: McKesson Horizon Clinicals, Paragon, Meditech, Mosaiq, and Ibex. 

As CNIO, Sandra is responsible for clinical content, workflow, redesign, meaningful use, and quality measures. She works closely with the Director IT and Director of Business Applications.

Included among her achievements and leadership roles, Dr. McPherson was the Chair of the ANCC Content Expert Panel for the Nurse Informatics certification exam and is now the Vice Chair. She also chairs the Healthcare Informatics Committee for the Connecticut Hospital Association, has managed the sponsor recruitment for the NENIC Annual Symposium for the last 4 years, was selected NENIC Distinguished Leader 2014, and was elected to the Member at Large position on the 2015 NENIC Board.

Why are you a member of NENIC and why is it important to you? NENIC is important because it brings awareness  of  nationwide trends in Informatics to our local area.  Networking opportunities are abundant with the NENIC members.  Members have diverse backgrounds and work history, it is great to hear others informatics journeys.

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