National Center for Healthcare Informatics - Our Story


NurseUnprecedented change is occurring in all aspects of the health care industry. These changes are having significant impact upon health organizations of every shape and size, but are particularly troublesome for rural health care facilities and providers. It was this unprecedented change and the impact on rural health care that gave rise to the National Center for Health Care Informatics. The idea for the national center was a collaboration between two local visionaries, Mr. Pat Dudley (President) and Mr. Ray Rogers (CEO).

Mr. Rogers holds degrees in both Petroleum Engineering and Technical Communications. Prior to assuming his position at the National Center for Health Care Informatics, Mr. Rogers  served as the Director of College Relations and Marketing for Montana Tech of the University of Montana for eight years. Mr. Dudley holds a degree in Microbiology and is currently certified as a Registered Medical Technologist and prior to assuming his role at NCHCI, Mr. Dudley was employed as the Director of Human Resources at St. James Healthcare. It was with an idea for not only better healthcare for Montana but Nationwide that these two came together and formed the dream of the National Center for Health Care Informatics.

In 2001 that dream became reality, through a federal appropriation of $400,000 received by St. James Healthcare and Montana Tech the National Center for Health Care Informatics was established. Offices were built on Montana Tech's campus and a state of the art AGN (Access Grid Node) lab was created giving the center the resources to move forward. In addition a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Informatics was created at Montana Tech, the first of its kind in the country.

Since its creation the national has been striving to achieve its primary objectives of:

  • Providing a national reference and network center that can serve 90% of the health care professionals practicing in the area of health care information technology in the Untied States.
  • Providing a business incubator to encourage and foster the development of new and innovative solutions to existing and future health care information challenges.
  • Providing a continuing education resource to individuals practicing in many areas of health care, but specifically focused on health information technology and health care informatics.
  • Solicit and administer regional and national grants to develop new and innovative technologies and methodologies for practical application within the health care informatics field.
  • Serve as a catalyst for the development of new partnerships designed to solve complex health care information management issues while advancing economic development activities.
















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