Melvin Ostlie

VP Information Technology

Melvin Ostlie serves as Vice President of Information Technology for CHC Consulting. In this role, he works closely with the Senior Vice President of Information Technology on IT assessments, strategic planning, and project management for CHC at several hospitals, including long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs).

Mel has managed a variety of IT projects at several facilities, including Memorial Health System of East Texas, Lufkin, Texas, and Gunnison Valley Health, Gunnison, Colorado. Recently, he was project manager and facilitator for IT conversion at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Winnsboro, Texas. Mel collaborates with the CHC IT team on meaningful use projects, helping to build IT oversight programs for CHC’s owned hospitals. With his background as hospital CIO, he has held hospital Interim CIO assignments and served in that capacity at Central Florida Health Alliance, a multi-hospital facility based in Leesburg, Florida.

Before joining CHC, Mel spent two years consulting for hospitals – including critical access hospitals – on information technology solutions and meaningful use projects, when meaningful use was in its infancy. Previously, he was CIO for six years at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman, Texas. Before joining Wilson N. Jones, Mel worked for 18 years in information technology roles for the Baylor Health Care System. His last assignment with Baylor was Director of IT for Baylor Medical Center at Irving.

Mel received a certificate in programming and system analysis from Coleman College, San Diego, and completed business coursework at Amber University.


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One line-item expense in every hospital budget regardless of facility size or location is telecommunications. Why do rural hospitals tend to pay more for telecom services than their urban counterparts? Carriers are able to charge for the expense of installing and maintaining communications to rural areas. Fortunately, reduced rates for broadband and telecom services are available to rural providers through the Rural Healthcare Telecommunications (RHC) Program, a federal program supporting universal service and access throughout the country. It includes two subprograms, the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program and the Telecommunications...



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