IT re­porter Joseph Conn re­tir­ing from Mod­ern Health­care

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Mod­ern Health­care con­grat­u­lates long­time re­porter Joseph Conn on his re­tire­ment at the end of this month, cap­ping a nearly 38-year ca­reer in jour­nal­ism.

Joe has been Mod­ern Health­care’s in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy writer for the past 13 years, also cov­er­ing pri­vacy and se­cu­rity is­sues, among oth­ers. He’s been the one our read­ers could rely on to help them dis­till the com­plex­i­ties of in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, ap­pli­ca­tion pro­gram­ming in­ter­faces and HIPAA—and un­der­stand the acronyms in­volved in the health IT space.

He was also ahead of the curve in ex­plain­ing the crit­i­cal role of elec­tronic health records, now ubiq­ui­tous in health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions, and was deeply knowl­edge­able about the trail­blaz­ing role of the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment’s EHR sys­tem, which was de­vel­oped in-house decades ago.

Be­fore join­ing Mod­ern Health­care, Joe served for more than two years as edi­tor of Mod­ern Physi­cian, a Mod­ern Health­care sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion that fo­cused on the busi­ness side of med­i­cal prac­tice and is­sues fac­ing physi­cian-ex­ec­u­tives.

Joe also worked for nearly 20 years at the Gary (Ind.) PostTri­bune, cov­er­ing a num­ber of beats in­clud­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment, la­bor re­la­tions and the North­west In­di­ana steel in­dus­try.

Thank you Joe for the years of ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion to your craft, al­ways keep­ing the reader in mind.

Conn

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