Q + A With Sheryl Easter (Isenbart)
Sheryl has over 26 years of Healthcare IT experience and is currently the MEDITECH / EPIC Practice Director for Morgan Hunter Healthcare. She took the time to answer a few questions about the future of Healthcare IT, how the Affordable Care Act will affect Healthcare IT and talk about her love for line dancing.
Why Morgan Hunter?
I have worked at various firms over the last 15 years as well as worked as an independent consultant but when I started working at Morgan Hunter in 2010, I was impressed with the teamwork and camaraderie within the practices as well as with our Sales & Recruiting teams. I finally had found a team in which each individual goals were recognized and an organization stood behind achieving those goals.
How might the Healthcare IT industry change in 5 years?
Healthcare IT will transition from legacy system that focus on internal data repositories to a more collaborative model that integrates electronic health records (EHRs) and personal health records (PHRs) to improve quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care when fully implemented.
As the Epic/MEDITECH Practice Director, what is the most rewarding aspect of your job and the most challenging?
The most rewarding aspect of my job as Epic/MEDITECH Practice Director are the Consultants. The consultants on the team are the most knowledgeable and most dedicated to the client’s that I have worked with. Each week I read status reports and find the amount of work put in on a weekly basis shows a high quality of dedication. It is rewarding to be part of each successful project as well as cherish the life events of the consultants (i.e. Birthday’s, Children, Grandkids, Vacations, Graduations, etc)
The most challenging is Time. There never seems to be enough time in a day to accomplish all goals. I find nights I work until 10pm and still have a list of to do’s that I meant to do!
In your opinion, what effects, if any, will the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) have on the Healthcare IT Industry?
You have to admit this is one topic that most have an opinion about whether it is positive or negative. I believe that “Obamacare” is currently the driving force of many projects. Healthcare IT has been tasked with the ability to support each of the measures in the most effective and cost effective method possible and it is a huge undertaking. “Obamacare” is driving all hospitals in the same IT direction whether they are proactive (ahead of the game) or reactive (being dragged along “kicking and screaming”).
Let’s imagine you actually had some free time. How would you spend it?
Typically I would be found country dancing at some local place or sitting in the stands at a rodeo. As a line dance instructor, the country music is in my blood and my feet don’t stop moving. I am a cowgirl at heart and attend every rodeo possible watching a few friends that are still on the circuit. Besides, who doesn’t laugh at or with the Rodeo Clown.
Morgan Hunter Healthcare is based in Kansas City. Have we convinced you to root for the Chiefs yet?
Now let me think how I can answer this one, NO! Sorry but I am a Bronco girl at heart. Colorado got its hooks in me when I moved there and I became a fan even before the Manning days. Please don’t tell my Dad though as he is a Kansas City boy and Chief’s have always been and will always be his team.
What is your favorite place you have ever traveled to?
Each place I have traveled to has its own beauty to be found. One of the top places was Cripple Creek, Colorado. This place holds a historical aspect of mining, a reunion place for veterans, and beautiful drive in the mountains. It is a town where you feel like you stepped back into time and expect to see an old western stage coach arrive, along with an occasional gun fight.