2021 Excellence in Healthcare Honoree: Stephen McLaughlin

Meet Stephen McLaughlin, CTO & CIO at MNA Healthcare, LLC

Steve McLaughlin is an entrepreneur with experience in founding, growing, and selling companies. Steve’s an MIT-trained expert in mobile, cloud, software development, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. As a founder and CIO of Ft. Lauderdale’s MNA Healthcare, Steve’s currently working to advance new technologies for the healthcare staffing industry.

Favorite Quote: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

Fun Fact: The iPhone is hundreds of millions of times faster than the Apollo era spacecraft computers.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? Many times, when working with new technology, I’ve had to create tools that did not yet exist.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? When my first daughter was delivered by one of our company’s traveling nurses.

How is the healthcare industry important to you personally? I am the proud father of six healthy children – enough said.

How did the pandemic disrupt your specific role in the healthcare industry, and how did you adapt? Being of service to our front-line workers meant improving our agility and responsiveness to our caregivers – the ability to interpret their challenges to bring about measurable activities and outcomes to increase our service, and ultimately, impact positively on patient care.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Always be studying and learning, especially from the smartest people you meet.

What do you love most about working in healthcare? I have always possessed a passion for information technology. I have found that when technology meets healthcare that I find true reward. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to provide help to those in need, to have the purpose to serve others and save/preserve life.

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