Michael D. Thornton, Sr.
Michael D. Thornton, Sr., M.S., PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner of Visionary Consulting Partners, LLC and the principal consultant offering information technology, program management and organizational development services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Tennessee State University and a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. He is a retired career military officer and private sector corporate executive with over 31 years of experience.
The range and depth of his expertise is the product of his managerial, administrative and consulting experience ranging from administrative health care services and information technology project management to organizational development and the management of human capital. He is professionally certified by both the Project Management Institute and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He has extensive experience with a wide range of information technology activities, including applications development, systems and network integration, innovation diffusion, marketing, customer support, and personnel management. He provided support for the DoD Electronic Health Record initiative since its inception, beginning with the best of breed prototype selection for what is now known as AHLTA.
While employed by Axiom Resource Management, Inc., as Program Manger/Vice President, he built the DoD Military Health System Healthcare Requirements and Informatics Strategic Business Unit, to provide oversight of contracts supporting the Defense Health Information Management System Office (DHIMS) and Defense Health Services System Office (DHSS). When assigned to the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, he led a team of information technology professionals to develop and implement short and long-term information technology plans that included infrastructure renovation, operating system overhaul, applications replacement, and end-to-end training, providing critical support for the Air Force medical information technology mission. He served as the executive with management authority for DoD's worldwide blood management system and as a subject matter expert to the Food and Drug Administration for system compliance with prescribing directives of the FDA and Code of Federal Regulations. In addition, he was lead subject matter expert and consultant to the Director, Defense Information Systems Agency, on the integration of health care IT requirements into the Global Command and Control System and the Global Combat Support System, and was the Chief Information Officer for the 60th Medical Group, responsible for the comprehensive overhaul of the entire technology infrastructure of the medical center and the installation of DoD’s first Electronic Health Record.
He has provided health information technology solutions, project management leadership, and administrative support to government agencies, healthcare delivery systems, and private sector corporations including:
- United States Army Nuclear and Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Agency
- Axiom Resource Management, Inc.
- Electronic Data Systems Corporation
- USAF, Office of the Surgeon General
- Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)