Peter Groen - Webmaster
Mr. Groen worked for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for over 30 years. During his federal career, he occupied a number of senior Information Technology (IT) management positions within VA Headquarters and in the field. He has served as the Director of the Health Information & Technology Sharing (HITS) Program, the Director of the Medical Information Security Service, Director of VHA Telecommunications Services, the Deputy Associate CIO for the Veterans Health Administration, as well as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the VA Medical Centers in Atlanta and Columbia S.C. He served as the national project manager for the VA Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) as well as the VA Internet and VHA Intranet Redesign projects. Prior to working for the VA, Mr. Groen served in the U.S. Navy for six years. He was a supervisor of the Combat Information Center aboard the guided missile destroyer, U.S.S. Sellers DDG-11, during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Groen obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Clemson University and a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from The Pennsylvania State University. He served five years as an adjunct faculty instructor at the University of South Carolina. He subsequently served as an adjunct faculty member of the Computer & Information Sciences Department at Shepherd University in West Virginia. He helped found the Shepherd University Research Corporation (SURC) and served as its Associate Director for almost 5 years. Mr. Groen has written numerous articles and co-authored several books over the years with a focus on information technology in health care. He is regularly invited to speak at professional conferences across the country. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN) and iConecto.com and served as the principle investigator for the Medicaid Transformation Grant (MTG) eHealth initiatives for the State of West Virginia. He also helped found Open Health News (OHN) and served as one of their senior editors for several years.
Mr. Groen now lives by beautiful Lake Marion in Summerton, S.C., where he continues to write, guest lecture, and consult - primarily in the areas of management and health information technology. He serves as the primary webmaster supporting the various Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI) Technology portals accessible from this web site. He currently serves as the editor of the Summerton SC: Weekly News Roundup and has recently started the 'Artists Aflame' online family art gallery.
For decades, many of us fought to advance the development and use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Thankfully, 'open' solutions are no longer seen as an oddity. They are now being used by more than 80% of organizations around the world and the movement continues to grow and gain strength. In essence, 'the war is over'. - Peter Groen
Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI)