Christopher Kunney, Background
Christopher Kunney's family was one of the first in his neighborhood to get an Atari when he was growing up. His parents encouraged science and adoption of new technology from a young age. Christopher learned to value education and perseverance from his family. His grandmother was a college graduate and a teacher. His father not only held a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, but was a teacher and entrepreneur. Christopher says that the sheer determination his father and grandmother showed in hard times laid the path for him to become who he is. He attended Fort Valley State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Mathematics and then went on to earn an Executive Master of Science in Management of Technology degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Failure—One of Life's Greatest Teachers
After he had graduated and held a few different positions, Christopher decided to buy a web development business in the late 1990s. The company did so well that Christopher decided to quit his job. Unfortunately, about 6 months later, the tech bubble burst, leaving him with a failed business and no income. Falling back on his roots, he decided to try adjunct teaching, where he discovered a passion for education. He remembers teaching his students about emerging markets and taking advantage of trends in technology and business. He went home and asked himself why he wasn't taking advantage of trends he saw in healthcare and technology. He applied for a position at a healthcare company and became the Chief Information Officer within five years. Through that experience, Christopher learned to ask himself two questions when taking a risk: “What's the worst that can happen?” and “Can I survive it?” He says the answer is almost always, “Yes, I can survive it and I'll learn from it.”
Infinite Options Technology Consulting, The Ronin Samurai of Healthcare Technology
One of the risks that Christopher took which paid off was becoming part of Infinite Options Technology Consulting. Christopher likes to think of the Infinite Options team as the Ronin Samurai of Healthcare Technology. Ronin Samurai had no master, but had passion and worked within a set of standards to accomplish good. Infinite Options team members also have passion and work within core values to help make healthcare companies successful.
Cybersecurity Breaches: One of the Biggest Threats for Healthcare Providers
In Christopher's experience, he has determined that one of the biggest (if not the biggest) threats in the healthcare industry is cybersecurity breaches. He said that unfortunately, providers tend to take the “head in the sand” approach to cybersecurity, which opens huge gaps in the virtual wall around patient data. According to Christopher, “Most [healthcare service providers] have experienced a breach and don't know it yet.” Doctors, nurses, and other providers are focused on their core mission of helping patients and delivering good healthcare, plus this level of reliance on technology to deliver that care is relatively new, so people are not used to thinking about how to protect the data. Infinite Options educates healthcare service providers about possible points of breaches, like stolen/lost flash drives, laptops left unsecured in cars, sharing computer passwords, and texting or emailing patient information without proper encryption. The company also tries to close the 'gaps in the wall' by recommending services, software, and practices that maintain security.
Entrepreneurship requires commitment. It is not for the faint or lighthearted, but once you go down that path, it is very difficult to go back. It is a rewarding and liberating but difficult position to be in. Christopher says that at Infinite Options, they live by the saying, “You eat what you kill” meaning you have the ability to control your own destiny. You get to reap the rewards of your own effort.
Christopher Kunney's Legacy
Christopher hopes to leave a legacy of service. He is servant-minded, like his grandmother and father. He has served medical missions to Africa, served as a charter school chair, taught inner city kids about tech jobs, and went on a trade mission to Central America to mentor people in technology companies, as well as those working in countries' ministries of health. He looks forward to the service he can yet render in similar capacities.
Three Truths to Live By
1. Nothing is more important than family. Maximize your time with them and don't take them for granted.
2. Failure is not a bad thing. It strengthens and teaches you. Failure is not a permanent condition.
3. Find a hobby or a passion in life. His hobby is drawing and painting. His passion is giving. “Nothing gives him more satisfaction than giving.”
Christopher Kunney, Bio
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