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More About Don


Consulting Philosophy


I believe in clearly defining the goals and scope of the services and then delivering on them. I want to partner with your organization while it makes sense, but I do not want to “live” in your organization forever like some consultants.


Technology Function Philosophy


The technology function in an organization consists of two sub-functions that I call ”Keeping the lights on” (operational) and “Moving the business ahead” (strategic). While the operational component is necessary to survive, both components are necessary to grow an organization. My services focus on the strategic component, while taking the operational component into account.


Technology Philosophy


The specific technology chosen rarely matters; people and processes are much more important. Being involved in choosing the technology **is** important to people, so a solid selection process is critical to success.


Business Philosophy


Successful business is built on relationships and trust. I am here to help you—sometimes just to answer a quick question you may have, or provide a referral to someone with an expertise outside of my area, or to provide you with useful information. Not everything I do has a price tag attached to it.


Work-Life Philosophy


Do good work. Enjoy doing it. Play when possible. Enjoy life. Find balance. I believe in working hard and producing great results, but I don’t believe in burning people out.

Don in the Community

Public Speaking

Don is an experienced public speaker at the international (HIMSS AsiaPAC 2014), national (HIMSS, National HIPAA Summit 2005, etc) and local levels, and enjoys sharing knowledge as well as learning from others.


Community Leadership


  • Commencement Keynote Speaker, University of Washington Masters of Information Systems Graduation, Jun 2014.

  • Washington State Healthcare Authority ARRA/HITECH Task Force, Member, 2009.

  • College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), Member, March 2008 to 2014.

  • University of Washington Masters of Information Systems (MSIS) Advisory Board, March 2013 to Present. Co-Chair October 2017 to October 2021.

  • University of Washington Master of Health Informatics and Health Information Management (MHIHIM) Program Advisory Board, June 2013 to January 2019.

  • Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Member of various local chapters, September 1999 to 2015.

  • Community Health Information Technology Alliance (CHITA), Board Member, December 2006 to October 2010. Board Chair October 2010 to October 2011.

  • NPower Seattle/501 Commons CIO Advisory Council, Member, June 2009 to December 2013.

  • American Medical Group Association (AMGA), CIO Leadership Council, Member, July 2006 to June 2008.

  • South Florida CIO Council, Member, April 2002 to February 2004.

  • University of Miami School of Business Mentor Program, Mentor, October 2002 to May 2004.

  • Miami Children’s Corporate Golf Invitational Committee, Member; October 2000 to April 2004.

  • Child Health Corporation of America, April 1999 to April 2004, CIO Forum Member, CIO Steering Committee Member.


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