Deborah A. Houston, MSN, Oral History Interview, July 27, 2012
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Major Topics Covered:
- Nursing management at MD Anderson
- Career change from nursing to information systems
- Information systems as a service provider; information systems for team care delivery
- Electronic medical records
- MD Anderson culture
Chapter 08: Recognizing Nurses and Nursing: The Brown Foundation Outstanding Nurse Oncologist Award
Chapter 09: Information Systems at MD Anderson
Chapter 10: A Reality Check for Information Systems: Building Systems for Teams
Chapter 11: Medical Records and System Design for Faster Work and Better Patient Care
Chapter 12: Information Systems as a Service Provider
Chapter 13: Perspectives on Changes at MD Anderson Culture and Contributions to the Institution
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Houston, Deborah A. MSN and Rosolowksi, Tacey A. PhD, "Deborah A. Houston, MSN, Oral History Interview, July 27, 2012" (2012). Interview Sessions. 151.
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About the Interview
About the Interview Subject:
Deborah A. Houston (b. 1950, Honolulu, Hawaii) joined MD Anderson as a staff nurse in 1972. Between 1986 and 1995 she served as Director of Nursing and in 1995 assumed the role of Center Administrative Director for Hematology (until ’97). From 1986 to 2008 she was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing. In 1982, Ms. Houston was the first nurse to receive the Brown Foundation Outstanding Nurse Oncologist Award.
Ms. Houston shifted career paths in 1997, when she became Coordinator of Clinical Systems –Patient Care Information Systems. Her administrative roles in Information Systems expanded to Director, Enterprise Applications, Management Info Systems (’99 – ’05), then Director of Perioperative and Critical Care Informatics (’06 – ’09), then to her present role of Director of Information Systems Clinical Operations and Projects (’05 – present). She has written numerous articles on oncology nursing and on the role that Information Technology can serve in patient care.