Kenneth Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, RCSI, FAAN, is a nurse entrepreneur, inventor, scholar, and 30-year veteran of the healthcare industry. He is a member of the Theta Epsilon Chapter and a founding principal at TurnPath, LLC, a healthcare technology innovation incubator.
His service in the healthcare industry began as a transporter in the radiology department at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami at the age of 16. He held various nursing assistant positions while becoming a firefighter-paramedic. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in nursing, he practiced emergency nursing. A concentration in informatics in his master’s studies led him into management consulting, in particular, healthcare information systems selection and implementation.
Dr. Dion founded Decision Critical, Inc. in 1999 while simultaneously beginning his doctoral studies. Decision Critical, Inc., a cloud-based information systems company, was dedicated to meeting the education, compliance, and competency development needs of healthcare organizations. During his tenure, he was awarded a patent for the Critical Portfolio™, an ePortfolio application. Additionally, he was awarded a patent for Critical Staffer™, a reverse staffing system. In 2012, Decision Critical, Inc., was acquired by HealthStream, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSTM) where he served as vice president and chief of nursing informatics prior to founding TurnPath, LLC.