Dan Friedrich, CISSP – Director
Dan Friedrich is the Executive Director of the Center for Advancement of Health Information Technology (CAHIT) at Dakota State University. Dan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with more than 30 years of experience in information assurance and adult technical instruction. Prior positions include Director of Technology Support Services at DSU, Data Network Administrator for the College of Engineering at SDSU, and Data Systems Instructor for the US Navy. Dan regularly speaks at Dakota State University offerings as well as at conferences as a privacy/security expert. Dan is based in Madison, SD and is widely regarded as an expert in network privacy and security issues.
- Community Healthcare Association of the Dakotas conference
- South Dakota eHealth Summit
- Office of the National Coordinator Regional Extension Center Kick-off Meeting
- Joint Utility Training School
Kevin Atkins, CAHIMS – Engagement Manager
In addition to his duties to deliver direct technical assistance to providers, as Engagement Manager, Kevin is responsible for coordinating and managing the multiple single services and individual small or large interconnected projects. His assessment and outcome-based responsibilities at HealthPOINT draw from his successful experience in IT and as an implementation expert. Including both clinical and IT industries, Kevin has even participated in multiple site EHR implementations. Most recently, Kevin served as the General Operations Manager for South Dakota Urban Indian Health where he earned national distinction for his efforts to implement three sites in less than one year. Kevin is based in the Pierre, SD area and has the ability to break down a complex topic like an implementation into a common-sense approach.
- Information technology
- Business operations
- Clinic management
- School education programs
- Law enforcement conferences
Tara Gill, MSAS, CHSP – Clinical IT Lead
Tara’s role as a Clinical IT Lead puts special emphasis on her ability to motivate, build morale, manage change and focus on the people involved in a project. As an experienced health administrator in long-term care, Tara has over 13 years of experience in the mental health industry with a Master’s degree in long term care administration. Tara has worked in many areas including staff development, admissions, reception, and with the CNA floor staff. Tara has experience developing and customizing trainings that involve complete culture change, change management and customer service. To compliment her change expertise, she also chaired many employee recognition and incentive/morale initiatives. Tara is based in the Yankton, SD area and provides the skill set many organizations desire to enhance employee morale and communication efforts.
- Change management
- Morale improvement and motivation
- National Volunteers Week
- Human Services Center
- Crisis Prevention Institute