September 17 is National IT Professionals Day, celebrating our IT coworkers who configure solutions, provide desktop support and assist us with many forms of technology when we’re at our wits’ end. Get to know some of the CMH IT team a little better.
By Sarah Bello, Marketing & Communications Specialist
A lifelong Astorian, Jenna Tarabochia has spent most of her professional career working at the hospital where she was born. Having just bought her first house in Long Beach, Washington, the IT clinical analyst doesn’t plan to leave the area anytime soon.
Over a decade ago, Tarabochia was first hired on as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at CMH. She’d always been interested in health care and helping people, so it was a natural fit, she says. When the clinical analyst position became available a few years ago, she saw it as an opportunity to try something new. Although she misses working one-on-one with patients, she knows her work still makes a difference for them.
“I work with the nurses so they can do patient care more efficiently,” she says. “In the end, it’s helping them and the patients.”
As a clinical analyst, she provides support to caregivers in acute care and the Emergency Department, spending a lot of time working in Cerner, the electronic health record (EHR). She improves provider and nursing workflows, integrates medical systems, builds orders and reviews the effectiveness and efficiency of existing information systems.
Some solutions she’s been a part of creating have been particularly satisfying.
“Optimization is pretty interesting,” she says. “I sit with the provider and nursing staff and see what they don’t like about a system and how we can make it better. We work together to see what changes can and can’t be made.”
In a recent project, Tarabochia helped improve the Endo Imaging setup. In the past, caregivers would save images to a thumb drive and upload them manually into a patient’s chart. With her solution, the images automatically send from the image capture device to a data mediator, where Cerner can pull them and add them to the chart.
Tarabochia enjoys the continuous learning aspect of her job and streamlining processes to make CMH more efficient for everyone. When she isn’t busy working, she likes to spend time with her family and dogs, go to the beach, travel, dance and sing.
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