Written by The Business Journal Staff
Brian W. Horton, CEO
Innovative I.T., Inc.
What we do: We are a business I.T. consulting firm that services customers throughout California. Our services include strategic I.T. planning, outsourced help desk services, medical I.T. services (i.e. EMR, ICD-10 readiness, HIPAA, etc.), and disaster recovery planning.
Education: Once out of high school, I took several technology related courses at Fresno City College. Early on I realized that course content and relevant job knowledge were decades apart. From there, I pursued several industry certifications including Cisco, Microsoft, and HP.
Family: This fall I will be married ten years to my wonderful wife Brenda. Our little girl, Abby, will be four this week.
Your company has been in expansion mode. Can you tell us about that, Brian?
While various verticals have steadily grown over the past three years, the medical industry has produced a tremendous demand for technology services. With current regulations requiring that all medical providers use a qualified EMR (Electronic Medical Records) system, the need for experienced health I.T. firms is rapidly growing. We recognized this demand and positioned ourselves as the local health I.T. leader within the industry.
What are the opportunities and challenges that face Innovative I.T., Brian?
With the health I.T. market still developing, government regulations still finding their footing, and the uncertainty of health care reform implications, the challenge is to stay ahead of the curve. Our customers look to us for expertise and relevancy. We need to ensure that on all levels we’re continually expanding our resources to meet the ever-changing landscape of health I.T.
What should health consumers know about Electronic Medical Records, Brian?
Be patient! Your physician and their support staff are going to need time to adjust. Almost every process that takes place within a medical office is going to change. Once your physician is using an EMR system, be sure to ask for a digital copy of your medical records. This should be made freely available.
What is it like being a technology company in the Central Valley, Brian?
Rewarding. The business needs of the Central Valley are diverse and unique. We’re a tight knit community and relationships are key to building a successful business. My experience has been that if you invest in the relationship, the business will be there.
What was the best advice you ever received, Brian?
Surround yourself with people who can challenge and inspire you. Whether your business partners or your employees, success in business comes from those around you.
What are your roots in the Central Valley, Brian?
I was born and raised in Fresno and eventually settled down in Clovis. I attended high school and college locally. I’m proud to raise my family in the Valley and support local business.
What was your first job and what did you learn from it, Brian?
My first job was working at McDonalds at the age of 15. The new job excitement wore off in about five minutes. From that point forward, I understood that success is not something to be taken for granted. If you want to achieve, you need to be willing to work hard for it.
What do you enjoy doing on your time off, Brian?
Whenever I have free time, I enjoy spending time with family. We try and visit the Central Coast whenever we can. I also enjoy wood working and working in my backyard on various projects.