Halo Highlight: Shawn Imel
“Halo Highlight” is a series of interviews showcasing our unique and talented team members. This week, we sat down with Clinical Technology Architect Shawn Imel to learn more about his role, what makes him proud to work at Halo, and what he wanted to be when he grew up.
Tell us a little bit about your role.
I am primarily responsible for the planning of integrations and technology that will serve our clinical end users. This includes working as a subject matter expert in the sales cycle, working side by side with our customers through implementation and testing, and defining support models. I enjoy the role because it allows me to work with every department in the company while giving me plenty of face-to-face time with our customers.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
Halo is really on the forefront of real-time healthcare communication, and the integrations we provide for our customers haven’t been offered before on a single platform. Prior to coming to Halo, I spent five years working for the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, where I led a community initiative driven by our member hospitals to grow the Health Information Exchange, both in the number of providers connected and in the technology and services we offered.
How did you first hear about Halo?
I had been working in the healthcare industry for five or six years, so I was familiar with the landscape. I heard about Halo through colleagues, and the company’s been on my radar for the past year and a half.
What makes you proud to work at Halo?
I feel like Halo’s done a great job of acquiring individuals with eclectic backgrounds who work cohesively to take big problems in healthcare. It sounds cliched and cheesy, but I’m proud to work at Halo mainly because of the people I work with. Everyone’s smart, talented, and really at the top of their field.
How would you describe the company culture?
It’s fast-paced. We have lots of autonomy, and I love that everyone trusts each other to get their work done. We have a lot of fun – especially in our department, but I’m biased.
What might other Halo employees be surprised to know about you?
I started at Halo in December 2018, so probably a lot! I love tattoos. I also love music and have been playing drums since I was a little kid. If I’m not spending time with my wife or kids, I’m playing music.
What’s your go-to drink from the coffee machine?
I’ve never used the coffee machine here. I’m not afraid to admit that I have a Starbucks addiction.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Yosemite. It’s a pretty achievable goal, but I haven’t done it yet. I’d do the Half Dome hike and camp out there for about a week. I love being outdoors and having a chance to take it all in – the mountains, huge trees, endless trails – would be amazing. That being said, I’d prefer to be in an air-conditioned cabin within driving distance to the hiking trails as opposed to traditional camping.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was younger, I wanted to be a trashman or garbage collector. They got to ride on the back of big trucks and seemed like the coolest people in the world! I also wanted to be a nurse, but I’m not good with blood or needles, so I had to eliminate that career path as an option.
What’s on your music playlist?
Currently listening to Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, and Bad Books. I’m also a huge podcast fan and have probably listened to every true crimes podcast out there.
What would your autobiography be called?
I have a dry sense of humor, so probably something self-deprecating. Ideally, I’d like it to be similar to Michael Scott’s Somehow I Manage.