The Responsibilities That Interface Professionals Navigate in Healthcare

September 22, 2023
Kevin Stevenson


The healthcare industry grapples with an overload of information, patient safety concerns, and an increasingly digital landscape. This fact makes professionals who can bridge the gaps between various healthcare disciplines a precious commodity. In fact, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a lot of healthcare organizations and workers believe that it is becoming a critical aspect of their operations. Enter the interface professionals, or experts who straddle the worlds of healthcare, management, and technology. 

How do these interface professionals navigate the complex, interconnected systems of healthcare? And what does it take to excel in multiple domains at once? 

The latest episode of “I Don’t Care with Kevin Stevenson” aimed to answer those pressing questions with distinguished guest, Dr. Mark Schnitzer. Dr. Schnitzer is an embodiment of what an interface professional should be. On the show host Kevin Stevenson explored Dr. Schnitzer’s storied career as a neurosurgeon, healthcare executive, and now a coach and consultant in healthcare quality and informatics.

Some other points that Stevenson and Dr. Schnitzer’s discussion included:

  • The transition from electrical engineering to medical school and the subsequent choice of neurosurgery as a specialization.
  • Dr. Schnitzer’s experience in healthcare systems in different cultural settings, notably Southern California, Hawaii, and Abu Dhabi.
  • His unique approach to healthcare informatics, quality assurance, and patient safety.

Dr. Mark Schnitzer is board-certified in healthcare quality and management. He has an impressive academic background, with a B.S. and Master’s in Electrical Engineering, followed by a stint at Texas A&M Med School and a neurosurgery residency at Johns Hopkins. He has served as a medical director of two large healthcare organizations and currently works as a coach and consultant.

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