This month as we continue to meet the people behind the technology, we sat down with Scott Lenz, Senior Manager of Healthcare Alliances at NetApp. Scott, a career-veteran of the healthcare IT industry, is excited by how NetApp is helping hospitals and health systems leverage technology for better patient outcomes. See what Scott has to say about why he’s proud to be part of the NetApp team and learn a little something about him that you won’t find on his LinkedIn profile.

LenzGovDataDownload (GDD): Scott, thanks for sitting down with us! Can you tell us about your role at NetApp?

Scott Lenz (SL): It’s a pleasure to talk with you! I’ve been a part of the NetApp healthcare vertical team since 2010. In my current role I lead our alliance with Epic Systems, which is one of the largest providers for Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) software for hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities. I’m responsible for the overall alignment between NetApp and Epic and work with customers to architect innovative solutions to meet Epic’s stringent requirements.

GDD: Can you tell us about your experience prior to joining NetApp and how it prepared you for your career with NetApp?

SL: I’ve spent my entire career in the healthcare IT industry. Before joining NetApp, I worked in healthcare IT with Thomson Micromedex and Streamline Health. I also was Healthcare Industry Solutions Director at Gartner. I like that I’ve seen the healthcare IT industry from the clinical applications and clinical workflow side and I bring that perspective to my work with customers at NetApp.

GDD: What do you find most rewarding about your role?

SL: I find the greatest reward in the partnerships we build with our customers and partners. My team’s goal is to serve as a trusted advisor for our customers in evolving their IT infrastructure, not just sell them something and move on to the next project. I also find it rewarding to help design solutions that enable healthcare organizations to spend less on IT so that precious funds can be redirected towards patient care. Over the last few years I’ve spent a bit of time in the hospital as a patient and it’s readily apparent that the quality of bedside care is highly dependent on the IT infrastructure. To know that the work we do with, and for, our customers has a tangible impact at times when patients need really responsive care is very rewarding.

GDD: Can you tell us something about you that we can’t learn from your LinkedIn profile?

SL: I’m a huge fan of skiing – water skiing in the summer and downhill in the winter. I grew up on skis and made sure to introduce my children to skiing when they were younger. I’m really glad that I did that, because even though my children have both left the nest, they will always spend time with mom and dad at the lake or on the slopes. Family and a fresh perspective at 10,000 feet is what the good life is all about.

If you would like to meet with Scott and discuss your Epic EHR infrastructure challenges you can request a meeting with him at HIMSS 2016.