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A former hospital administrator with a passion for improving healthcare!

Biography

Christina Thielst is a hospital administrator, consultant, educator and author who has experienced the evolution of healthcare over the last 35 years. Her passion has always been to improve the delivery of healthcare, so patients could get the best care possible. She did this by addressing administrative, operational, clinical and governance systems and identifying effective strategies and solutions to the challenges faced in a shifting healthcare environment.

Christina's expertise in the field of health information technology and exchange began in 2003 when when she worked with Dr. David Brailer and local leaders to move the Santa Barbara County Care Data Exchange from a loose collaborative to a formal organizational structure as a 501(c)3 corporation. Since then she has reflected upon her firsthand experience with the challenges and barriers to effective communication and collaboration and this has helped shape her vision for health information, telehealth and social media technologies. She is recognized as a passionate subject-matter expert on strategies for applying meaningful technical solutions to improve and advance the healthcare delivery system.

Since 2005, she has been using her voice by blogging at Christina's Considerations -- which was added to the National Library of Medicine's Archive and Collection of Public Health and Medicine Blogs in 2013. Christina has also written three books and numerous articles, prepared courses to educate fellow administrators, spoken to audiences who find value in her perspectives and participated in several professional workgroups. These contributions to the development of her profession and peers have earned her the "Spirit of HIMSS" award (2007) and ACHE Distinguished Service Award (2009, 2012). In 2011, she was named a Top Social Media Voice for the HIT Industry by Health Data Management magazine.

Christina received a Bachelors degree in Social Science/Management from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Health Administration from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has additional training from Boston College in Workplace Effectiveness and is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer. She is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of Health Care Executives of Southern California.

Christina Beach Thielst is also certified by the State of California as a small woman-owned business.

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The patient experience, health information technology, social media, mobile health, healthy children and families, raising Arbequina olives, Louisiana and my family.