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 – HealthPOINT Project Manager, Compass PTN Quality Advisor
Tara is based in Yankton, SD and has a BA in Communications and an MA in Healthcare Administration with a specialization in long-term care. She worked 13 years at the South Dakota Human Services Center in many areas including admissions, volunteer services and staff development. She provided training for staff in nonviolence crisis intervention and dementia education. In 2010 she started her position as Clinical IT Specialist Lead for HealthPOINT and providing assistance to clinics and hospital with electronic health record implantation, Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, and HIPAA security risk analysis and remediation. In 2016 she was promoted as HealthPOINT Project Manager for the Compass PTN Project. She develops quality project plans and provides guidance with workflow redesign, data collecting and reporting, and change management for practices to be successful with the Quality Payment Program.
Daniel Halverson – Quality Improvement Advisor
Dan comes to CAHIT/HealthPOINT with over 30 years experience in partnership development, strategic planning and continuous improvement. He has worked with family owned and closely held operations as well as Fortune 500 companies doing client development, business planning and product/service development. Dan is an experienced coach in working with leadership teams in assisting them in both long term and tactical operational planning. Dan is a native of Bismarck, ND, and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Management. He also has certifications in Lean Enterprise from the University of Alabama at Huntsville as well as the National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) in Washington DC.
Colette Hesla RN, MBA – Quality Improvement Advisor
Before joining HealthPOINT, Colette was the Clinical Quality Specialist at CHAD, the PCA for North & South Dakota, providing training and technical assistance to Federally Qualified Health Centers. Colette has also served as coordinator of the South Dakota Diabetes Prevention & Control program where she led diabetes-related public health program development and surveillance. She has also worked as a Registered Nurse in long-term care, home health, and inpatient care. Colette has an AA and a BSN in Nursing and a MBA specializing in health service administration. Based in Pierre, Colette actively assists practices with their Quality Payment Program MIPS efforts.