#IAmGalen: Nate Bessa, Technical Consultant

#IAmGalen: Nate Bessa, Technical Consultant


NateBessaWhat brought you to Galen?

While studying computer science at Northeastern University, I developed a curiosity for working in the healthcare industry that has since carried me here today. That interest grew when I began working as an undergrad at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. I started to learn and see for myself how the technological innovations of the near future could immensely improve health outcomes and reduce skyrocketing costs. When it came time to decide where I wanted to begin my professional career, Galen offered me the chance to live that passion. I work with a team successfully building out impactful technologies for healthcare organizations all across the country. How could I say no to that?

What does your day-to-day job involve?

Thanks to the wide variety of clients we have here at Galen, I get to be involved in many different kinds of projects as a consultant on the Technical Services team. On any given day, I may be writing code to analyze large data sets from clinical databases and answer different data-driven questions. I could also be supporting integration efforts meant to promote data interoperability between hospitals and third parties through interface tools such as Mirth Connect. Ultimately, my specialty is in custom programming where I write and support software applications desired by our clients.

Can you discuss some of the innovative work done with the Medfusion integration?

Medfusion is one of the biggest brands in the patient portal space, offering an online environment that enables patients and providers to communicate and share valuable information. Just as I was joining Galen back in the summer of 2014, Medfusion came to us in search of way to improve the integration of their portal with the Allscripts Professional EHR.

As a part of this effort, our team developed a solution that tightly and securely ships data between the Medfusion system and organizations using the Allscripts electronic health record. To get there, we studied the two systems’ data models, wrote ETL (extract, transform, and load) code in the Microsoft programming languages, developed a scalable and centralized interface system to transmit data between the platforms, and set up a support relationship to ensure that all clients under this integration have near perfect uptime. Two years later, we continue to value our ongoing partnership with Medfusion.

Our culture is pretty unique – what’s your favorite aspect of it?

I enjoy most the lively and fun atmosphere we have here. Everyone at Galen always carries a positive attitude and enjoys the company of each other. Even though we are split up between three offices and those working from home, the feeling we get when we see our coworkers from outside our office is like meeting up again with an old friend. This is possible thanks to efforts and investments from Galen leadership to bring people together in ways such as our annual company trip or holiday parties, which are always unforgettable.

What’s one thing that not a lot of people know about Galen that they should?

We have a great location in downtown Boston with some really smart people – come work with us!

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