Many CloudWave employees have spent their careers in healthcare IT.
As the Vice President of Marketing, Christine Mellyn has been making CloudWave look good for over a decade. She has also seen firsthand how the healthcare IT industry has slowly transitioned from paper to technology over the course of her 30-year career.
A business major, Christine worked her way through college in the late1980s as a Unit Transcriber at Norwood Hospital in Massachusetts where her mother worked at the time.
“Everything was written on paper, with carbonless forms for things like doctor’s orders. I was a float and worked on every unit in the hospital at one time or another,” she explained. “I would have to decipher the physician’s handwriting (a skill I got particularly good at) and communicate and document each order for the various caregivers and departments (pharmacy, nursing, PT, etc.) and order tests (lab, radiology, etc.) using paper, the phone, and ‘sneakernet’. I wish we counted steps back then,” she laughed.
When the hospital implemented MEDITECH, Christine remembers they were still heavily reliant on paper documentation.
“I took a break from my business career in the early nineties when my daughters were very young and I returned to Norwood per diem to the same job, but to a whole different world. Everything was computerized, and paper was secondary.”
To begin her career, Christine joined Children’s Medical Ventures, a small medical device startup that made innovative products for premature infants based on designs submitted by parents.
“I got a chance to do everything from customer service, inbound sales, trade shows, and marketing.”
Christine’s later joined BIS Strategic Decisions, a UK-based company that provided research and advisory services for various technology areas. Ultimately purchased by Gideon Gartner (of the Gartner Group), Christine managed the Knowledge Center, a team of front-line research analysts that fielded calls from service subscribers, in addition to maintaining the internal library of resources and research tools.
In 2007 Christine became a Product Manager at JJWild where she productized their technical consulting services. Staying through the acquisition by Perot, and eventually Dell, she managed the core technologies for MEDITECH. Working closely with the internal team, the MEDITECH Development team and technology vendors throughout the testing and certification process, Christine also helped bring MSite to the market.
“Working at JJWild was exciting to me because I was able to bring together my knowledge of healthcare and technology,” she said.
In 2011, a core group left Dell’s MEDITECH Solutions Group to develop a new set of cloud offerings specifically for MEDITECH. In 2012, Christine joined what was then Park Place International, where she fused together her experience in business, healthcare, and technology to focus solely on marketing these new cloud offerings.
CloudWave debuted at HIMSS 2016 with a brand-new booth, signage, and collateral after Christine shepherded the company through a re-branding effort which included a new website.
“It was a momentous task that really brought the team together and solidified our commitment to cloud,” she explained. “I love seeing how our team has executed on the vision to become the best cloud provider in healthcare and am grateful for all of the relationships I’ve built along the way.”