Cynthia Barton is a registered nurse with more than 35 years of experience in nursing, information technology, and nursing informatics. She was a member of the team that developed and maintained Eligible Hospital electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) for CMS’s EHR Incentive Program-Meaningful Use Stage 2 at Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ). She worked closely with organizations including Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
At Lantana, Cynthia conducts research and analysis, and ensures projects align with clients’ expectations. Her responsibilities include encoding quality measures in Health Level Seven (HL7) standard format and developing standards-based solutions from client requirements. Her primary goal is to optimize healthcare delivery through efficient and effective information management.
Q & A
I can’t live without:
What was your first job?
From the age of 8 or so I’d do any chore around the house to earn money including cleaning and organizing kitchen drawers, polishing silver, ironing. My first real job was as a Pharmacy tech and clerk in a drug store.
My favorite quote is:
“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had” –Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, 1926-2004
Downtime: how do you relax?
If I lived near the ocean, I’d spend every day walking the beach. Now I just dream about it and surround myself with reminders of the ocean. I relax by loving my dog, doing agility (obstacle courses) with my dog. I also enjoy photography. Before digital, I did it professionally. Now I’m learning how to shoot with a digital camera. I miss film.