In June AFCEA Hawaii welcomed Mrs. Ruth A. Youngs Lew, Executive Director for Communications and Information Systems and Chief Information Officer for Commander of Command Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT). Mrs Youngs Lew provided an overview of COMPACFLT’s Communication and Information Systems major functions as the United States continues the Pivot to the Pacific. The discussion covered major efficiencies obtained via Data Center Consolidation, Enterprise Licenses and incorporation of Unified Capabilities (e.g. VTC, VOIP, VOSIP, Collaboration).
Other topics of discussion was a review of Cyber Security (Identify, Protect Detect, React, Restore). Removal of Unsupported software eradication management, workforce training, risk management framework transitions, bandwidth requirement, transition off serial circuits and transition to Mission Partner Environment (MPE). Mrs Youngs Lew also presented on COMPACFLT N6 Key Fleet Needs with primary focus on Speed to Capability with regards to technology and processes. Improve Readiness via reduction of complexity and improving transparency of system network operations.
We were pleased to also recognize this month’s well-deserving awardees:
Executive of the Month: Steve Robertson, Hawaii Pacific Health
Steve’s areas of responsibility include Information Technology, Telecommunications, Information Security, Patient Accounting, Patient Access, Medical Records, Revenue Integrity, and Project Management. He previously served as the senior executive responsible for HPH’s accountable care strategy, helping to operationalize Hawai‘i Health Partners. He has been with Hawai‘i Pacific Health and Kapi‘olani Health since 1998.
Prior to HPH, Steve served in multiple leadership positions supporting programs for General Electric Aerospace and the US Navy Pacific Submarine Force. He also served as a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer during the Cold War and was deployed in special operations missions in the Pacific.
Steve earned a M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida.
He is a State licensed Electrical Engineer and a qualified US Navy Nuclear Engineer. He is also a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Mr. Robertson holds director positions with the CIO Council of Hawai‘i (past Chair), Hawai‘i Health Information Exchange (past President), Hawai‘i Health Information Corporation, and Kahala Nui (Vice Chair). Previous board positions include the Waianae Restoration Advisory Board, Pacific Medical Collections, the Hawai‘i Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (past Treasurer) and the Boys and Girls Club of Hawai‘i.