Sheila Banyai, HIT Pro – TS
Greater Houston Area, including Katy, Pearland, Pasadena, Richmond
Sheila Banyai is a Security Consultant for the Center for Quality Health IT Improvement (CQHII). In this position, she assists providers in navigating the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Alternative Payment Model (APM). Both are tracks through the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP). She is also the Security Risk Analysis lead for CQHII. Sheila holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems Engineering from University of Houston Clear Lake. She is certified in Technical/Software Support Staff Health Information Technology Professional by American Health Information Management Association. She earned the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Security Essentials (GSEC) through SANS Information Security Training. Sheila has more than 20 years of network/communication experience attained through working with the U.S. Navy, several NASA Contractors, and ExxonMobil.
Alexa Poole, HIT & HIE Pro
Greater Houston Area, including Port Author/Beaumont, Nederland, Orange, Conroe
Alexa Poole is a Quality Improvement Advisor for the Center for Quality Health IT Improvement. In this role, she consults providers in effectively employing a diverse set of electronic health records (EHRs) to better their quality of care, thereby increasing revenue and meeting pay-for-performance program requirements. As a health IT consultant, she engages small, rural, and community health center in EHR optimization by identifying needs, project planning, and implementing clinical decision support tools specifically to improve patient outcomes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and a Health Information Technology Management and Exchange Specialist Certification from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining this team, Alexa worked for eClinicalworks as a software training specialist, training physicians and clinical staff on EHR functions via one-on-one coaching and classroom instruction. She has over 10 years of experience in the Health IT.
Tracy Swoboda, RHIA, is currently serving as an active, remote, Quality Improvement Advisor II, focusing on quality improvement, data analysis, reporting for state and federal incentive programs, EHR optimization, and achievement of grant-funded quality and health information technology projects. Tracy obtained an Associate Applied Science degree in Medical Record Technology from Wharton County Jr. College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management from UTMB Galveston. After her college education, Tracy has worked as a Health Information Director and performed various duties throughout her career, including healthcare accreditation coordination, medical credentialing services, healthcare risk management, healthcare performance improvement initiatives, and inpatient medical coding for Acute Care and Critical Access Hospitals, a nursing home, and rural health clinics.
Diana Ruiz is a Quality Improvement Advisor II for the Center for Quality Health IT Improvement and she will work with local small, rural, and FQHC clinical practices to improve practice workflows, patient care, and patient safety through the optimized use of electronic health records and clinical information systems. She first began her career in the plasma industry in 2010 as a Processing Technician working in the laboratory, and moved up to the Quality department four years later. She had many roles within the plasma centers, with Quality Specialist/Coordinator as her main title. Her background includes internal auditing, regulatory compliance and development.