We talk and listen to our key customers – oncologists, physicians and front-line staff - to build integrated solutions that touch nearly every aspect of cancer care. This allows them focus on their most important customer, the patient.
As Chief Information Officer, Wes Scruggs leads Aptium Healthcare IT Consulting's team in developing oncology-specific technology solutions that deliver better information to client hospitals and enhance patient care.
Wes joined Aptium Oncology in 1997 in time to tackle the Y2K and process re-engineering job designed by KPMG and Aptium management. Within a few months, his team upgraded the IT infrastructure to provide stable and cost effective platforms for all administrative, clinical and business office operations within the cancer care network.
Promoted from Vice President of Information Technology to CIO in 1999, Wes has developed a highly skilled IT department and centralized support organization that recently helped develop an EMR designed to map to the complex needs of cancer centers. Scruggs is a CHIME and HIMSS member and is active in healthcare CIO forums and organizations. He has presented extensively on EMR selection and implementation. Prior to Aptium, Wes served as Vice President of Corporate Systems at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Director of IT Operations for HealthNet. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine University.
Suzanne Bledsoe joined Aptium Oncology in 1994 to lead the IT function at the Aptium-affiliated Comprehensive Cancer Center at Desert Regional Medical Center. In 1998, Bledsoe joined the corporate IT team, developing strategic interface design for process re-engineering, systems standardization and integration.
Promoted to Director of Integration and Clinical Systems in 2001, Suzanne was involved in the system design and architecture required by new cancer center openings or transitions. Recognized for her technical savvy and project management skills, Suzanne also supported existing business partners who transition to new systems. In 2005, Suzanne was promoted to Vice President Information Technology and played a key leadership role in the recent successful development and implementation of oncology EMR at one of Aptium's cancer centers.
Suzanne brings critical expertise and experience to her position, leading large-scale strategic projects that include overseeing complex system architecture and integration with the host hospital systems and cancer center systems.
Nicole Valdez is a seasoned healthcare technology manager with extensive broad-based experience in corporate, non-profit, and venture-funded start-up environments. Her expertise in project management, software implementation, training strategy development, clinical adoption, current-state assessment and process redesign have contributed significantly to the success of the clients and organizations she has served.
Prior to Aptium Oncology, Nicole coordinated multiple successful go-lives across the country for a nutrition and food service application, and managed the development of comprehensive customer training programs. In her current role as a key member of Aptium Oncology’s EMR Consulting Team, Nicole provides consultation and project management expertise for the implementation, design, and configuration of healthcare technology solutions for ambulatory and oncology centers.
Nicole received her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University and her Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles with an emphasis in Public Health Nutrition.
Lydia Rodriguez began her career as a Medical Secretary at the oncology department of Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1994. In this position, Lydia continually challenged herself to develop processes and leverage technology to streamline workflows in a high-volume work environment.
In 1998, Lydia's project management leadership, operational expertise and skills in system implementation, configuration, and maintenance led to a spot in Aptium Oncology's Information Technology team. Over the course of a year, Lydia assisted in the implementation of Siemens Invision Registration, Scheduling and Order Entry across seven cancer centers in the Aptium network.
Lydia's 18-year relationship with Aptium culminated in her current role as Director for Patient Management Applications. Today her expertise includes Invision, HDX, AnyQueue, Navicare, Schedule Maximizer, EMUE, and SoftMed. Lydia brings extensive experience in leading cross-functional teams to plan, coordinate and analyze IT technical and developmental requests. She consults with executive-level users to determine project requirements, then manages the design, development and implementation of business applications for the oncology space.
Mickie Cason-Boehm, BS, RPH is a senior clinical analyst who combines clinical experience with information technology expertise to add tangible value to clients' IT initiatives. An oncology pharmacist with extensive ambulatory oncology experience, Mickie started with Aptium Oncology as Director of Pharmacy Services at an Aptium Oncology-affiliated cancer center before transitioning to her current position. As a clinical analyst, Mickie is involved in all phases of developing and implementing Aptium Healthcare IT Consulting's oncology-specific Electronic Medical Record, including system design, configuration, testing and implementation. Her experience in both clinical and technology arenas provides her the critical skills required by new process and/or service implementation and training.
Mickie earned her Bachelor of Science from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Donna brings extensive experience in building robust, scalable systems that help healthcare organizations improve processes and cut costs. She launched her career in healthcare as a practical nurse, managing private physician office clinical operations, before transitioning to the IT space. As a systems analyst, she specialized in the implementation and ongoing support of multi-entity Signature and Invision databases.
Joining Aptium Oncology in 1998, Donna took on the job of building integrated systems of databases and technical outpatient billing on a Siemens platform. In her current role as Director of Revenue Applications, she is responsible for providing support for a multi-database environment, with a focus on customer service and process improvement. Donna has played a key role in the successful implementation, expansion and management of IT systems designed to ensure accurate and complete billing and collections at Aptium Oncology-affiliated cancer centers.
Donna is a current member of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society).