Deborah Kohn

Dak Systems Consulting

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Deborah Kohn - Principal, Dak Systems Consulting

The principal of Dak Systems Consulting, Deborah Kohn, has over thirty years of healthcare provider organization management and information technology experience. This includes several years in hospital management, in systems design and marketing with one of the nation's leading suppliers of healthcare information systems, and in information technology advisory and strategy consulting.

Since founding Dak in 1985, Ms. Kohn has earned a national reputation for her expertise in strategically architecting value-added technologies for Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) systems, such as document management technology, diagnostic image management technology, voice / text / speech technologies, Internet technologies, and other healthcare information technology applications. She has published numerous articles on healthcare delivery and information systems. She is a sought-after speaker on EHR and RCM systems. In addition, Ms. Kohn is considered one of the nation’s Legal Electronic Health Record experts.

Ms Kohn received undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and a graduate degree from UCLA in Health Services and Hospital Administration.

Ms. Kohn is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA),  where additionally she is a Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist – Clinician / Practitioner Consultant (CHTS-CP). She is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She is certified in healthcare information systems (a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems - CPHIMS) and a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). She is a Certified Information Professional (CIP) and an active member of the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM).

In 1995 Ms. Kohn received AHIMA's prestigious CPR Advancement Award for her efforts in promoting and implementing component technologies of Computer-based Patient Record systems. In 2007 Deborah received AHIMA's prestigious eHIM Triumph Award for her efforts in "pushing the envelope" in the transition to electronic health information management and advancing the "state-of-the-art" through her work. In 2011, Ms. Kohn received the California Health Information Association's (CHIA) highest Distinguished Member Award for her "impeccable credentials and long list of achievements advocating for HIT adoption." At AIIM Ms. Kohn was a member of the Emerging Technology Advisory Group (EmTAG) and is a recipient of AIIM's Master and Laureate of Information Technology designations, recognizing achievement in the area of document management.

Currently Deborah serves as a Senior Editorial Associate on the editorial advisory board of Healthcare Information Technology Strategies Newsletter, and she served on the editorial advisory board of Healthcare Intranet Report.

Deborah has served on numerous HIT committees, such as AIIM / ASTM's PDF Healthcare Committee and HIMSS’ ICD-10 Task Force, where she served as Chair of the Executive Communication Sub-Group. From 2007 – 2008, Deborah served on the State of California's Privacy and Security Advisory Board (CalPSAB) as a member of CalPSAB's Security and Education Committees. From 2004 – 2005, Deborah served as a "resource" to CalRHIO, the former umbrella organization that brought together common governance, operational process, technology, and financing elements required for forming and sustaining RHIOs / HIEs in California. From 1998 – 2001, Deborah served on the State of California's Committee to Advance Patient Safety, Privacy and Care.

General Information

Deborah has over 30 years of direct experience with departmental and enterprise-wide healthcare information systems. She has evaluated and assisted in the planning of well over 200 healthcare information systems. As such, she is an expert in the full range of project requirements for acquiring, implementing, and maintaining healthcare information technologies.

Deborah is thoroughly knowledgeable in the capabilities offered by the information technology solution vendors for the healthcare industry. This ensures that project undertakings are practical, properly timed, reasonable in scope, and attainable. In addition, Deborah has the passion and patience to support successful healthcare information technology initiatives. Her ability to collaborate and teach as well as her well-developed leadership skills provide strong project foundations for her clients.

She was the founder of both the national patient medical record and patient financial record Document Imaging Users Groups. These groups promote the exchange of implementation information among users of Electronic Document Management Systems in healthcare organizations.

Deborah has been quoted in numerous articles and publications.

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