Melinda is currently the VP of Applications for Baylor Health Care System, in Dallas, TX.

With over 30 years of healthcare experience, she has spent most of those developing and implementing products supporting the Electronic Health Record concept.  This includes the area of clinical decision support where she gained significant experience in the processes and value surrounding care quality.  Accomplishments of note over the course of her career include:

implementation of a full clinical system at a 500-bed hospital in the mid-70’s. This       was one of the first automated patient records and served as a demonstration site         for the efforts of many other organizations
development and implementation of one of the first electronic medical records            for the Department of Defense
development and implementations of clinical rules packages, in conjunction with          Intermountain Health Care, a recognized leader in the usage of clinical rules to            promote patient safety
concentration on the process and change management required for effective                implementation of information technology that enables clinicians to collaborate in        the delivery of safer and more efficient care.

She has lectured at many well-known healthcare IT events including Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), Towards An Electronic Patient Record (TEPR), and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In addition, she spoke at the International Congress in Nursing Informatics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Medical Informatics Europe conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Melinda currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Her interests include the Girls and Boys Club, the Habitat for Humanity, and The Humane Society of the United States.

Melinda Y. Costins