Q + A With Clyde Smith
Clyde Smith – Cerner/Integration Practice Director at MHHC
Clyde brings over 23 years of Healthcare IT experience to Morgan Hunter Healthcare and is currently the Practice Director for the Cerner and Integration practices. He took the time to answer a few questions about the future of Healthcare IT, how the Affordable Care Act will affect Healthcare IT and his pick to win the World Cup.
Why Morgan Hunter?
There were two or three things that brought me to Morgan Hunter Healthcare. One was Allen Kirkpatrick. I have worked with Allen at multiple companies for over 18 years. I truly enjoyed my previous work with him and relished the opportunity to continue working with him. Second, when I interviewed, I was very impressed by the fact that all of the Leadership that I met wanted the same things: MHHC to be respected by our clients, to be a great place to work for the Consultants, and to remain a respected name in the Healthcare IT Consulting industry. Third, I felt like they were open to positive change.
What are your main duties at Morgan Hunter Healthcare?
I am responsible for planning and executing all activities related to Personnel, Management, Business Development, and future growth opportunities for the existing Cerner practice and a developing Integration practice. In order to accomplish this, my primary focuses are building and maintaining positive relationships with our consultants and clients based on high quality work and results. In addition, I need to constantly be engaged in learning more about the industry so I can determine what trends and initiatives will be providing opportunities for us in the next few years and months.
How do you see the Healthcare IT industry changing/evolving over the next 3-5 years?
I think Meaningful Use and the Incentive dollars are driving the business right now. People are making changes at a rapid pace but maybe not with the greatest care. The next few years should demand a great deal of optimization of all of the new systems and processes put in place that have been done so quickly. I also think we will be challenged to find quality consultants once the large Government projects that are currently being discussed take form. I also believe we will see more people try to consolidate data for better decision making and better continuum of care.
In your opinion, what, if any, effects will the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare”, have on the Healthcare IT industry?
The Affordable Care Act will continue to pressure healthcare entities to practice more efficient medicine. That should mean more Affordable Care Organizations (ACO’s), more mergers/acquisitions, more data repositories, and more data analytics. It is my hope that this will translate into more opportunities for MHHC in the future.
Around the MHHC office you have a reputation as a “techie”. When did your passion for technology begin? Was there a moment that kick started your passion?
I have been a Techie since High School. I had a phenomenal Math teacher who assigned me some programming in school and loved it.
What T.V. shows are you watching?
With my work schedule, I really don’t watch a lot of television, but I tend to watch a few shows “On Demand” with my wife and daughter. My real passion is listening to and playing Contemporary Christian Music, Classic Rock, and some modern Country music.
Who’s your pick to win the World Cup?
I am not a Soccer Junkie, but I think the Netherlands have a great shot at it this time.