Beth Gall - Member Profile

Beth Gall has had a career in healthcare IT since 2007. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in psychology, minor in business and was lucky enough to fall into the world of health IT consulting recruiting and sales. Beth works remotely full-time for FENEX Healthcare Consulting and outside of work, she keeps busy chasing around her two sets of twins.

Beth volunteers for the Greater Kansas City HIMSS Chapter, assisting with programming and communications, and is on the Independence School District Foundation board, helping to enhance educational opportunities for students in the school district.

Beth and her husband, Zac, live in a historic home in Independence, MO – home of Harry S. Truman – where they are within walking distance to the kids' elementary school as well as various friends and family members in the neighborhood. She is told daily that she has her hands full – a lot of times she literally does and has gotten great at waving with her feet. She credits her sanity to her extremely supportive husband, family, friends/community and employer.

What got you interested in a career in healthcare and in particular, health information and technology?

I have been interested in healthcare since I worked in my dad’s dental office in high school. Being a dentist wasn’t for me, but I love working in a field where you are helping and caring for others. Working in a Healthcare related field was a goal of mine and the IT part ended up being a huge bonus! To me, Healthcare IT is comprised of people who are behind the curtain putting an enormous amount of blood, sweat, and tears into creating technology that we use every day. These are the people I have come to know and have really enjoyed working with over the years.

What have been your top three motivating factors from the start of your career to now? Have they changed? If so, how?

At the beginning of my career, my motivation was to be an independent adult who didn’t have to rely on my parents for financial assistance. My motivation now is all about being a positive role model for my children. I am lucky enough to have a mother who is a role model for me to this day. She is an excellent example of what someone can do both as a mother and contributor to the workforce. It’s empowering to see her succeed and makes me want to be the same type of role model for my kids.

How do you stay motivated? How do you motivate others?

I LOVE the feeling you get with a win. It’s addicting! Although it takes a ton of hard work, I know that I will never regret working hard… but I will always regret being lazy. Motivating others is hard to do, but being a mom of two sets of twins, I introduce myself to anyone I can because they might need to think of me when they feel crazy (that’s my line). I’m convinced my husband and I have been blessed with two sets of twins so that we can make other people feel better about their own situations. It’s funny to say, but tell me you aren’t thinking of how lucky you are right now.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it? What is the current challenge you look forward to conquering?

Balancing work and family – it’s a constant challenge, but I go by my dad’s advice on how to eat an elephant… one bite at a time. It’s funny how often that thought crosses my mind. I’m also practicing saying the word “no” more often. It’s so hard to do, but necessary.

What stepping-stones have led to where you are and what advice do you have for others looking to follow a similar path?

Network, network, network! You never know what doors may open.

Who or what inspires you?

The thought that we all have the same 24 hours in a day is something I think about often… my 24hrs looks different than most, but at least this thought helps me strive to use my time wisely.

Who was your first mentor, and what is the best advice they gave to you?

Kyle Tilley. He has shown me that working hard and doing the right thing is key in any scenario.

What is the one piece of practical advice you wish you’d been given when you started your career?

It’s OK to be yourself. Regardless of how you present yourself, people are either going to like you or not. At least being genuine is less effort.

What is your favorite app?

Teladoc! Telemedicine is something no parent should live without.

How has HIMSS helped you write your own health information and technology story?

When I first got into this business the Greater Kansas City HIMSS chapter was a place for me to learn about new buzzwords/tools/concepts so that I could be knowledgeable in my conversations with clients and HIT candidates. This remains the same today, except now that I’ve been a member for 10+ years I have made some great friends along the way. HIMSS does a great job at bringing so many various backgrounds together.

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