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Throughout the course of his professional and academic career Michael Palacios has developed expertise in Health Information Technology, Academic Information Technology, System Administration, Technology Project Coordination and Healthcare Systems Management. Michael is currently a Sr. Systems Analyst at Physicians for Healthy Hospitals where he is responsible for providing project management, strategic planning, and serves as a technical subject matter expert with the goal of aligning innovation and technology with the organizations mission, vision and strategy; as well as, to leverage advanced technologies to enhance patient experience and improve clinical care. In addition, Michael serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Executive Master of Health Administration program at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Palacios has over 17 years of experience with Indian Health Services, not-for-profit, FQHC, and for-profit healthcare delivery systems. During this time Michael has been responsible for the development, design, implementation, administration, management, adoption, and deployment of multiple Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) technologies; as well as, numerous other clinical applications, health information systems, and technologies. In addition, Michael has participated in various levels of data extraction, reporting, and submission; as well as, multi-site equipment management, clinical applications coordination, telemedicine implementation, telecommunications and networking services, site-management, and has served as a technology consultant between executive and clinical professionals. Michael has developed quality improvement studies necessary for successful facility accreditation, and has developed various security protocols for HIPAA compliance. Michael has also served as an Information Technology professional in the academic industry as a Systems Analyst, Technology Coordinator for Mt. San Jacinto College where he was responsible for term and annual state MIS data extract and submission which was necessary for compliance reporting and maximizing annual apportionment funding which resulted in approximately $50 million in district operations funding. Michael completed his Masters of Health Administration from the University of Southern California where he immediately returned in the capacity of Adjunct Instructor.