Rod is a clinically and technically trained project management professional who has focused on self development and client results to advance healthcare through automation.
Rod's clinical foundation is grounded firmly in a BSN from Auburn University's School of Nursing. This helped Rod work as a bedside RN in Alabama and California during the nursing shortage. He was able to pass from one environment of care to another, giving good patient care under different conditions and in spite of varying facility-specific standards. Bedside experience ranged from subacute settings to psychiatric care and ICU care. This experience allows Rod to identify and handle discrete clinical data such as direct observations as well as higher-level care planning that is synthesized by clinicians from discrete data and professional training and experience.
Rod's technical foundation started as self-taught computer skills that were corrected, refined, and matured by the masters program in Computer Science at Cal State Fullerton. This allowed Rod to move out of healthcare briefly to work as a full-blown software engineer for Intel. In this role, Rod demonstrated mastery of multiple programming languages in varied technical settings and solved problems common to factories around the world. This firm foundation allows for a deep understanding of the underlying technology used in healthcare, regardless of the software in question. This is most often helpful when trying to meet clinical needs through automation. With a technical and clinical perspective, Rod inherently knows which components of care are best suited for automation.
As Rod grew in his career from a junior analyst to a senior analyst and more senior team member, he was increasingly in charge of efforts. The most valuable contributions for Rod were made increasingly in terms of project management. A formal study of project management, documentation of a long history of leading projects, and finally an exam helped Rod to move into the role of Program and Project leadership. These foundational project management skills are used every day and are typically the solution for foundering projects. Rod's biggest contributions to care have come from the management of Programs and Projects.
Rod is an independent contractor and can make sure that your investment in your project produces the most value by managing vendors and consultants without considering their respective internal hierarchy's needs. Bypassing the politics of many large organizations, Rod keeps your Program or Project focused only on success.
Rod has invested in more than a decade of higher education directly applicable to healthcare information technology projects. As new challenges arose, Rod consistently stepped into firm theoretical understanding before applying the theory.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The unique clinical and technical background has given Rod a perspective from the bedside to the boardroom, allowing him to articulate the particulars of patient care to leaders who may not share such foundations.
For the record, yes, Rod did create this website.
Rod has extensive experience serving all sizes of organizations and the full range of imaginable acuities within each organization. Rod's clients have ranged from stand alone hospitals to regional organizations of 30-50 hospitals, to the large national chains of more than 100 facilities of both non-profit and for profit organizations.
Rod's industry knowledge has been sought to structure project, programs, and by the Expert Institute as a general expert in the field.
Rod took a brief time away from healthcare to work as a software engineer. In this role it became clear to him that healthcare is the only industry for him. Calls in the middle of the night to prevent or correct patient safety issues are worthwhile pursuits; factories, even world class factories, are simply not life and death and are not nearly as motivating.
Rod knows that many thousands of patients will be impacted by every decision on a Project within a Program. Each decision is important, project efficiency keeps the organization's dollars at the bedside, and patient outcomes are a tangible impact on the lives of friends and family. These axioms are what Rod brought into his roles, not something that had to be learned.
Rod's general areas of preparation have led to significant development of groups of skills.