HealthlinkNY Adds First Interface Engineer to Its Ranks

May 11th, 2016 - Meet Dan Walker, HealthlinkNY’s very first Interface Engineer. His job is to support HealthlinkNY’s commitment to an excellent user experience.

“Providers can’t always express what they need from technology. It’s up to IT people to understand what they want and figure out the technology to do it,” explains Daniel Walker, who joined HealthlinkNY in April as an Interface Engineer, a new position created to add more fire power to the organization’s in-house expertise. Dan says his job isn’t easy — “it’s not everybody’s cup of tea,” but adds, “I really believe the RHIO is the way of the future. What we are trying to accomplish is really important and I’m proud to be part of it.”

Although he’s only 33 years old, Walker is already an HIT veteran. For more than 10 years, he worked at United Health Services (UHS) as both an information analyst and a system analyst. He was part of the UHS team working with HealthlinkNY. “At UHS, I helped move data to HealthlinkNY. Now I see how it is being used,” he says. “It’s nice to see things in a different perspective, looking at data use on a larger scale and how the data impacts everyone.”

With Walker’s arrival, HealthlinkNY will be able to do more of the design and development of applications and interfaces, a core component that allows data to be exchanged on the HIE. As someone who has performed hands-on work in a clinical setting, Walker is accustomed to customizing solutions based on workflow and business requirements. “Dan has a strong technical background in system integration, analysis and design, as well as an in-depth understanding of both the clinical and financial aspects of health care,” says Christina Galanis, president and CEO of HealthlinkNY.

Walker received his B.A. in Information Science from SUNY Oswego in 2005. He is working in HealthlinkNY’s Binghamton office, not far from where he lives in Maine, New York.