Posted: March 14, 2017

At Influence Health, our blog contributors are our subject matter experts, including Jeff Allegrezza. Jeff is the Senior Vice President of Infrastructure and Security. Here are 7 questions to get to know him better.

1. What's your day-to-day like?

My day usually starts with an update to activities on my Pomodoro sheet. I try to use the Pomodoro Technique, invented by Francesco Cirillo, to structure my daily activities. Using the technique, you work on a short timer (20 minutes in my case), with breaks after each iteration. It helps cut distractions. Incidentally, Pomodoro is Italian for tomato, and Mr. Cirillo uses a tomato shaped kitchen timer for his own practice of the technique.

2. What’s the one lesson you’ve learned in this business that’s stuck with you?

The biggest lesson I've learned is that Healthcare isn't just a job. In the end, each individual patient, person, or consumer...deserves situation-specific treatment, respect, and compassion.

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3. What's the one thing you wish our clients knew about Influence health?

I wish our clients knew about the generosity of our staff. I've been impressed with the extents that the staff will go to to help each other, both professionally and personally.

4. What's the next big thing you are working on?

Influence Health has placed a big emphasis on security and adherence to IT standards. The next big thing for my team is a comprehensive security framework designed to bring the best of several industries to Influence Health's security practices, so we're learning from the government, from the energy sector, from telecom...wherever we see opportunities to improve.

5. What irks you the most about healthcare today?

Complexity irks me. I think it likely irks every technical person working in our industry as evidenced by the new FHIR standards being developed by HL7. Intentional simplicity should be the end goal of all software and technology.

6. What matters the most to you as a healthcare consumer?

What matters to me the most is to get the most effective, timely, and compassionate care possible for my family. If my healthcare provider can identify a potential problem or remind me to come in for my annual physical, he or she may have prevented a future event. The best acute events are ones that don't actually happen.

7. What's your biggest health vice:

Probably the consumption of snacks when I'm stressed out :)

Want to learn more about healthcare internet security? Read Jeff's post, 3 Security Questions to Ask Your Website Vendor.