The Argonaut Project

The Argonaut Project is a great example of policy and technology solving real problems.
The project is also an example of private industry stepping in  to solve a problem. The lack of interoperability in health IT has become a major issue as the industry moves to more advanced stages of the Meaningful Use program and relies more on electronic data to coordinate care.

KCnext & the Kansas City Area Development Council Are Helping Tech Companies Make Their Mark




Johnson County Community College (JCCC), Health Information Systems, introduced Kaitlin Motley of KCnext and Kaiti Xouris of the Kansas City Area Development Council to approximately forty students and faculty this afternoon.  Their presentation included an overview of the workforce opportunities and recruitment trends in the Kansas City area.

Kansas City is considered to be in the midst of its “golden opportunity” to harness the momentum of the tech industry.  Its greatest asset is creative people, who do innovative things with outside the box companies.  Whether you are a specialized developer or a marketer with a tech interest, there is a need and a place for you.

One tip that you can do for finding a job or internship would be networking.  “There are tons of events going on all the time, where many companies go specifically to source talent,” said Kaitlin.  Another tip would be considering helping out a start-up company.  Kaiti stated, “Sometimes these opportunities are not paid; however, they can be great for building your portfolio.  Because start-ups are so strapped, you will often be able to wear many hats and get great experience that you might not in working for a larger corporation.”  JCCC student, Stephanie Sakoulas, mentioned she was pleasantly surprised to hear about the corporations that she didn’t even know were here in Kansas City and that the future of the IT market definitely looks on the rise.

This information session was the first this semester in a monthly speaker series hosted by the Health Information Systems department.  The next session will be on Wednesday, October 29 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Regnier Center (RC270) where Laura McCrary, Executive Director, of the Kansas Health Information Network Inc. will present.

Follow @KCnext and @ithinkKC on Twitter, as well as @JCCC_HCIS for up to date information and current topics.

You may also contact Kaitlin Motley: and Kaiti Xouris: if you have any questions.


Top 25 Employers in Kansas City


Health Information Systems is a growing career pathway, and that is especially evident in Kansas City.  The Kansas City Business Journal did a ranking of the top 25 employers in town, and 10 out of the 25 listed are Health or IT companies.  You can read more here.

Check out these organizations in your job search for Health IT positions:

HCA Midwest Health System



St. Luke’s Health System

Truman Medical Center

University of Kansas Hospital

Children’s Mercy Hospital

KU Medical Center

Carondelet Health


What is a Medical Futurist?

According to medical futurist, Bertalan Mesko, a medical futurist ‘brings disruptive technologies to medicine and healthcare and we are on board for an exploding series of changes in healthcare’.

His infographic characterizes these changes into four categories:

  • Prevent/Prepare
  • Data Input/Diagnostics
  • Therapy/Follow-up
  • Outcomes/Consequences


These innovations will affect patients or healthcare providers or a combination of both to some degree.  To read more about these trends, visit:


Healthcare Professionals are Tweeting!



If you have hesitated to use Twitter in the past, now is the time!  Using Twitter is a great way to interact with healthcare professionals, read industry news, see job postings and discuss current events.  Check out the Top 50 Healthcare Influencers to follow on Twitter.

Every day, more than 75,000 doctors, nurses, pharmacists and consultants post 152,000 tweets a day.  Healthcare professionals have posted 208 million tweets since the site’s 2006 launch.  To read the entire article from, click here!

Other great Twitter handles to follow:


Big Data…it’s kinda Big

Word Cloud "Big Data"

Expect to see more and more on the topic of Big Data in the future. I’m not at all surprised to see Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, talk about this either.

For all practical purposes in healthcare, we have been storing huge chunks of data (and these chunks are only getting larger) for a long time now. The next logical step is to actually analyze it and see what the data has to tell us! In the last year I have seen classes spring up geared towards Big Data and new technologies specific to analyzing it. We’ve only just begun!

Expect to see health systems use this data in the future to better target given populations who may be at risk, and in some cases not even know it. Analyzing data holds great power in enabling us to add emphasis to preventative care and wellness.

Dave Lingerfelt, Assistant Professor/Chair,  Health Information Systems

Your Microchip is ready now…


Many of us would not think twice about putting a chip inside of our pet to help ensure their safety in the event they were lost. But how would you feel about having one inside of you? How would you feel about a chip that could track where you’ve been, what you’ve done and even carry information about your medical record and your bank account?

This technology might be closer than what you might think. Check out this Microchip video to learn more!


Dave Lingerfelt, Assistant Professor/Chair,  Health Information Systems