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FCW : October 30, 2013
30 October 30, 2013 FCW.COM Rising Stars "I ve always been attracted to civil service.... Project manage- ment, nancial analysis and con- tract writing or technical writing [were] particularly attractive to me, and it had this kind of under- lying overall purpose and goals that I was supporting," she said. As an intern in 2012, Kott Kouril took over contractual manage- ment of the Farm Service Agen- cy s Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems initiative. Chris Hamm, deputy director of FEDSIM, said MIDAS is the largest and most complex integration of SAP s enterprise resource planning software suite ever attempted in the federal government. Kott Kouril said that even though she essentially fell into IT, she sees herself continuing in the eld --- ideally with an organiza- tion that promotes sustainability or perhaps the Peace Corps. "You can take most IT skills and move to any kind of project, program, organization, company," Kott Kouril said, "and use or mod- ify those skills that you re learning in an IT environment." --- Reid Davenport Victor T. Lazzaro As the government accelerates the shift to electronic health records (EHRs), data is a valuable byprod- uct of that effort. Victor Lazzaro s job as chief of performance and data analytics at the Department of Health and Human Services Of ce of the National Coordina- tor for Health IT involves nding ways to present and visualize data about the adoption of EHRs for the Health IT Dashboard. His work has helped policymak- ers, the medical community and businesses understand how medi- cal of ces nationwide are imple- menting new technology. "Industry is paying attention to us, and they re accessing our data because there is opportunity here," Lazzaro said. His of ce tracks data on more than 400,000 medical provid- ers nationwide. The dashboard presents information on trends in EHR adoption by region, medical specialty, demographics and more, but the data is anonymized to pro- tect patients privacy. "I believe that the credibility of the data scientist identity is in understanding nuance in each stage of the production process, from idea generation to procure- ment [and] all the way through analysis and visualization," Laz- zaro said. Government of cials hope that by tracking information in the emerging EHR market, some com- mon standards will emerge that will allow the health care industry to adopt ef cient, interoperable systems that can securely share patient records. Ef cient records management could help reduce costs by preventing duplicate procedures or examinations and could help guard against negative outcomes such as dangerous drug interactions. Lazzaro joined HHS in 2004 as a Presidential Management Fellow. Since then, he has had a number of jobs at the sprawling agency, including a stint at the Of ce of Inspector General. As part of the department s response to Hurri- cane Katrina, he helped establish a family call center to locate miss- ing people, worked on a system to direct pledges of support to non- pro t organizations and contrib- uted to the after-action report on the department s overall response to the disaster. He said it is an exciting time to be working at HHS, especially given ONC s responsibility for implementing policy and monitor- ing the progress of $2 billion in grants to build a secure health IT infrastructure. --- Adam Mazmanian Michael G. Meskill Amazon. Hewlett-Packard. Lock- heed Martin. The Agriculture Department. Which of those does not belong? Actually, they all do because they are all government-compliant cloud service providers. USDA s entry into the ranks of cloud vendors happened because of people like Michael Meskill. The USDA network architect was instrumental in creating a proof of concept that convinced the department s IT leaders to build a cloud-hosting platform for other agencies. The National Informa- tion Technology Center s cloud
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