Hugh Lambert TribalHub & Tribal-ISAC Member112 IT Director, Cherokee Indian Hospital
Hugh Lambert is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. In college he studied Business Administration and had a career in hospitality, and for a few years managed a restaurant in St. Thomas. Losing interest in the restaurant field he then became an industrial electrician and a commercial fishing captain. While running a small electrical contracting business in the mid ‘80s he was hired by a computer company to install network cables in a business. I’ve been in IT ever since. I quickly became a Novel Netware engineer (Netware 2.1 CNE) and then service manager. Moving home to the reservation I was recruited to be the tribe’s system administrator and help desk manager. During all of this I had been a volunteer firefighter and a certified EMT. I considered increasing my EMT-I certification to EMT-P but decided to stay in IT. My EMT training helped me to care for my terminally ill wife in 2008 and then to better manage myself when I underwent a craniotomy to remove a malignant brain tumor in 2010. Part of my recovery was being selected to be one of the first group of six EBCI members to join the Cherokee Nation on the 1,000 mile cross country bike ride called Remember the Removal (RTR).
In 2015 I was hired to be the Executive Director of Information Technology at Cherokee Indian Hospital. The previous director had mismanaged the department which led to a staff mutiny and his termination. I reorganized the department along more “humane” lines. In six years we have grown from a staff of five to fifteen. In the course of six years we have moved our data center three times (typically a once in a career event). We built a new 75K square foot new hospital and have subsequently added a 60K mental health facility. We also have taken over almost all of the tribe’s health departments including a 100 bed nursing home. We were early aggressive adopters of Telehealth starting in late 2015. We are also the first tribal “Managed Care” entity (MCO). I am now the CIO of both the hospital and the Managed Care organization.
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Hello! We have been approached by Arctic IT to do some consulting/engineering work for us. Has anyone had some experience with them they could share with me as a reference for their work? I will be discreet of course.
May I ask how many folk use "hosted" Exchange as opposed to "on-prem"? I'm working my way towards asking what technology you use for email ancryption. We are "on-prem" and use FortiMail. I'm getting flack from our state's DHHS because they find downloaded encrypted emails inconvenient to respond to.
Thanks in advance!
With the growing number of COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant, and consistent with current understanding of the disease trajectory, CDC is releasing updated guidance for isolation and quarantine for healthcare workers, decreasing their isolation time after infection with COVID-19. Additionally, CDC is releasing an update to guidance for contingency and crisis management in the setting of significant healthcare worker shortages. These updates provide healthcare facilities with the strategies to limit the effects of staff shortages caused by COVID-19 on patient care and note that:
Healthcare workers with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic can return to work after 7 days with a negative test, and that isolation time can be cut further if there are staffing shortages.
Healthcare workers who have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including a booster, do not need to quarantine at home following high-risk exposures.
These guidelines apply only to the healthcare workforce and may be revised to continue to protect both healthcare workers and patients as additional information on the Omicron variant becomes available to inform recommended actions. Additional information will be published as guidance on CDC’s website soon and shared with healthcare organizations and provider groups.
Looks like we have a little longer to go with this "doogaloo".
Here is the Washington Post article: