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This is the Capstone Project Page for Peter Gi
lbert.


Over twenty years after I graduated with my BS in Computer Science from Oakland University, I started the Masters in Medical Informatics program at Northwestern University in the fall of 2007. In June 2010, I completed the program.

I have been involved in Healthcare Information Technology for more than twenty years. I spent over fifteen years building systems for the Occupational Health and Safety Department at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. I spent two years working as the Technical Publications Manager for Health Level Seven. It was there that I was introduced to the concepts of Informatics and Interoperability. I also had the opportunity to work with Informaticists from around the world. I then worked for two and a half years at Trinity Health building clinical interfaces. I then worked for one and a half years for the Altarum Institute as an Informatics Analyst building public health interfaces and planning for a regional Health Information Exchange. I worked for over a year as an Interface Analyst by the Wayne State University Physician Group in Detroit, Michigan. I am currently a Healthcare Solution Architect for Covisint.

In general, I enjoy writing and learned quite a bit while writing papers for the program. I have been a technical writer and editor, so I volunteered to assemble and edit most of the group papers that I participated in. I also give a good, concise presentation and enjoyed my opportunities to do so during the course. 

One thing that struck me throughout the program, is that the "Quality Revolution" that I experienced in manufacturing never managed to penetrate health care. The use of metrics to measure how you are doing is rarely encountered. Trinity used quality metrics, but that seems to be unusual. Hopefully, as more of us with experience in quality measurement find work in health care, this will change. I learned the focus on quality during my time at Ford. 

My work at Ford also convinced me of the value of adopting "best practices" across the enterprise. This was a key part of what we did. The adoption of best practices in Occupational Health and Safety was key. We implemented OHS as part of Ford's Best Practice Replication System. 

I occasionally blog about things related to Informatics at http://geekgoalie.blogspot.com/

My Professional Contact page can be found on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/peter-gilbert/7/44a/a9b