Meet Our Member: Michelle McGuire, CPHIMS

Senior Project Manager
Kansas Health Information Network

Michelle McGuire, CPHIMS has a degree in computer processing and 18 years of experience in the health information industry. She has experience in managing deployment of solutions for clients changing business flow to electronic medical records. McGuire has authored articles on sales and marketing, billing, and preparing for ICD-10 changes In addition, she now:

  • Serves as senior project manager for Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) managing multiple projects for bringing hospitals and clinics into the health exchange;
  • Heads the KHIN patient portal project MyKsHealth eRecords; and
  • Is the HIE liaison on the Kansas chapter of HIMSS (KSHIMSS) board of directors.

HIMSS: How did you become involved with HIMSS?
McGuire: I am very lucky to work for Dr. Laura McCrary, KHIN’s executive director. Laura makes it a point to challenge everyone that works for her to stay on top of the field of health information management, telling me, “If you are going to be in this field you have to be part of HIMSS. “ She has encouraged me to join national committees and the board of the Kansas HIMSS chapter. The exposure to national IT issues is invaluable.

HIMSS: What has been the most rewarding aspect of your involvement with HIMSS?
McGuire: The most rewarding aspects of my involvement with HIMSS has been professional development opportunities and a vantage point to look at health IT from a national level. I was blown away at my first HIMSS Annual Conference by the level of education offered since HIMSS clearly defined what topics people want to know more about.

Each year I try to do one thing to enrich my knowledge that is noteworthy enough to be on a resume. In 2013, I sat for the CPHIMSS certification. In 2014, I became a HIMSS senior member, and in 2015, I will qualify to apply for HIMSS fellow. I attended the Chapter Leader Exchange conference in Cleveland, Ohio in September 2014 where I learned about many HIMSS initiatives. My favorite is the professional training HIMSS provides for returning veterans.

HIMSS: Which HIMSS committees, either nationally or at the local chapter, have you been involved in and how has your role as project manager been influenced by them?
McGuire: I am on CPHIMS committee. This committee writes the questions that will be on upcoming CPHIMS certification exams. When I took the CPHIMS certification test I had no idea how much work goes on behind the scenes to select questions. Each question on the exam is vetted by a team of experts in the field. Each wrong answer has to hold its own weight and be close enough to correct to be chosen a certain percentage of the time. HIMSS puts an incredible amount of work into insuring the relevance of each question for an international audience and is backed by a respected reference.

As the HIE liaison on the board of directors for the Kansas HIMSS chapter, I provide updates to the group on current and future HIE activities on both local and national levels. My participation provides an excellent opportunity to network with health IT professionals across the state. 

HIMSS: What are some of the best practices you’ve discovered, as a CPHIMS certified senior project manager?
McGuire: I have to say in Kansas I have been so blessed that we all work together well. From Kansas Department of Health and Environment to Kansas Hospital Association to Kansas Medical Society , hospitals and clinics, everyone plays like they are part of a team with the best interest of the patient in mind.


Michelle McGuire, CPHIMS, is a panelist for The Meaningful Use Paradigm: Connecting Providers, Engaging Patients and Transforming Healthcare event in Wichita, Kan. on March 5. Register now. She will also be presenting with Dr. McCrary on patient portal experiences in “The Portal Balancing Act: Meeting Patient and Provider Needs,” at HIMSS15 in Chicago, Ill. Register for the conference, April 12-16, at McCormick Place. Find Michelle McGuire on LinkedIn