Jenny Smith works as project manager for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. Previously, as Program Manager of Health Information Exchange for the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, she led the health information exchange (HIE) initiatives within the organization. She and her staff direct and coordinate the planning and implementation of Louisiana’s statewide HIE, LaHIE.
Prior to joining the Quality Forum, Smith served as Section Chief for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Medicaid Management Information Systems Section and managed daily operations to ensure timely and accurate Medicaid reimbursement to providers. While with DHH, she also managed an HIE prototype project for the state.
Smith’s professional career includes extensive work experience in project management and IT quality assurance. A significant portion of her career was spent in the state of Tennessee’s Office for Information Resources providing Pm and QA leadership to other state agencies including the Department of Children’s Services and the State’s Medicaid agency, TennCare.
Smith earned a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Decision Sciences from Louisiana State University.