Dennis Dyer, Dustin Farris & Heather Westberg

Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Director of IT & Health Representatives, IT Coordinator & Scanning Coordinator

What areas does your IT team provide services and support to?
We have a team of 30 dedicated individuals that oversee IT for the entire tribe, the non-gaming tribal enterprises owned by the tribe, the gaming commission as well as an expansive division of tribal health. We have over 2200 employees to support throughout multiple sites and divisions.
What can you tell us about your health division specifically?
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services provides high quality, evidence-based, culturally-suitable medical and dental care, public health services, and behavioral health and substance abuse counseling, services are available to members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and members of other federally recognized American Indian tribes and nations and Alaskan Natives. We operate two clinics where patients can receive high quality care as well as pharmacy and radiology services. In addition, our main campus provides dental services, public health and a community health outreach. We recently opened a new West Administration Building that houses contract health and business office departments. The tribe also operates a wellness center for tribal members and employees, which includes a new state-of-the-art fitness center, track and pool and has some great programs such as a youth after school program, healthy heart program and a diabetic initiative. We also provide a Title VI program which provides lunches to our tribal elders. All health services have been approved by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care(AAAHC).
What are some of your key IT projects within the health division?
We run RPMS- electronic health records and are in the process of remodeling our dental clinic expanding from five rooms to 12. It’s currently our biggest project and main focus right now- we will be moving to electronic dental records with the expansion. Our pharmacy is all electronic with a mail order option that is great for tribal elders that need delivery services. We are running VISTA imaging to improve efficiency, security and provide better access to information between multiple sites. Results with that have been favorable.
What initiatives are you working on that affect other tribal organizations and communities?
We are active in solidifying our tribe as well as other tribal Nation’s role in FirstNet, a nationwide initiative providing emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed network dedicated to public safety. It’s setup to increase collaboration to help emergency responders save more lives, solve more crimes and keep our communities safer. I am a part of the Oklahoma Native American Technology Council, a group of tribal representatives forming a unified voice for tribes to State and Federal governments on topics such as FirstNet. Our tribe has already invested in equipment and secured grant funding for projects such as installing cell towers and new equipment in our public safety vehicles in preparation for our part in FirstNet. In addition to being a part of the Oklahoma council, we are always looking for more ways to connect with other tribal organizations within the State and across the U.S.