Below is an article originally written by Drew Schaar at PowerToFly Partner CoverMyMeds, and published on November 26, 2019. Go to CoverMyMeds' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
FORTUNE along with global consulting firm Great Place to Work® has named CoverMyMeds #16 on their list of 2019 50 Best Workplaces for Parents.
To determine the Best Workplaces for Parents list, Great Place to Work® compared parents' and non-parents' responses representing more than 4.6 million employees at Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations.
CoverMyMeds is proud to support our working parents and offers all employees a variety of individualized benefits and perks, including paid parental leave, paid medical benefits and flexible scheduling to achieve a true work/life balance.
Our culture is defined by our team and the work we do to help patients get the medications they need to live healthy lives. We know that to attract and retain the best and brightest people, we need to maintain a healthy, positive work environment that provides equal opportunities inclusive to everyone on our team.
In addition to being recognized as one of the Best Workplaces for Parents, CoverMyMeds was recently named #14 on FORTUNE's list of 2019 100 Best Workplaces for Women. We are honored to receive these accolades and are thrilled to celebrate the many ways our employees continue to share open and honest feedback that rates CoverMyMeds as their best place to work and grow.
Interested in joining our team? Explore our open positions on our careers page.
Below is an article originally written by Jenny Rogers at PowerToFly Partner CoverMyMeds, and published on November 7, 2019. Go to CoverMyMeds' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
As CoverMyMeds grows, we're constantly looking for people with a passion for solving big problems and helping others.
Engineering Manager Jan Milosh is one of these people. Read on to learn how she made a late-career leap into development, her thoughts on CoverMyMeds' growth and more.
CoverMyMeds: You've been with CoverMyMeds for almost five years. As we've grown, what's changed?
Jan Milosh: It feels like we've grown up as we've grown. In the development space, we've built better tooling and processes. I've seen many improvements in onboarding, and I'm part of a team that's working to make it even better. Because we have agile practices in place, and because the people on the ground help make the decisions, we end up with a better product. It's more bottom-up than top-down here, and I think that's a big part of our success.
CMM: How did you first hear about CoverMyMeds?
JM: I first heard about CoverMyMeds at Ruby Brigade. Every month someone would announce that CoverMyMeds was hiring. (Editor's note: We still are!) I got to meet many CoverMyMeds developers there — it's a very friendly and social group. I was impressed by many of the talks given by CoverMyMeds devs, and I enjoyed hanging out with them at the Rusty Bucket afterwards.
CMM: You started working in development later in your career. Can you tell us more about that journey?
JM: I have a degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University. Out of college, I worked as a research scientist at Battelle. After working for eight years, my first daughter was born, I decided to stay home with her, and then I had another daughter three years later. During that time, we started an engineering consulting business (plus we had rental properties), so I was then self-employed and able to work at home while raising my daughters. While home with the kids, I did a lot of reading about health and nutrition and eventually decided to go back to school to be a physical therapist assistant. After graduation I worked at Morrow County Hospital.
CMM: And where did development work come in?
JM: I hadn't been at the hospital for very long before I heard rumors that they would be closing the department I was working in and, after about a year, that did happen. No one was laid-off, but several of us became floaters. I figured it was time to think about going back to engineering and gave up my full-time job as a physical therapist assistant and went back to work in the family engineering business. The development work started when I built a website for the business, then found I was more interested in that than engineering. I learned enough to start building custom websites for a few clients, then eventually found a front-end developer job at a small company. After a year, it was time to do something different, and it was a happy coincidence that a couple of CoverMyMeds test engineers announced, at a Girl Develop It meetup, that they were looking for a test engineer.
CMM: You joined CoverMyMeds as a test engineer, and now you're an engineering manager — walk us through that transition.
JM: I started as a test engineer, then after about two years transitioned to developer. I had been wanting to change roles, but wasn't sure how to make the switch. My manager encouraged me to just start picking up dev tickets. Eventually, he changed my title to match. In CoverMyMeds' pharmacy business unit, we're all responsible for testing now. This June, I transitioned to engineering manager for my team, and have seven direct reports.
CMM: What's that been like?
JM: I feel like the skills I've accumulated throughout my many careers and in my various roles — as a parent, as the owner of a small business, working with patients in a health care setting — they've all helped prepare me for this type of leadership. I'm very focused on mentoring and my goal is to help each of my team be their best and have what they need to get there. Four of my team members are either remote or in the Cleveland office, so we occasionally have remote-friendly social activities for team bonding. This makes our work more efficient and enjoyable because we know each other better.
CMM: You began your career in a traditionally male-dominated field, and now you're working in an area that has a similar reputation. Has that been your experience?
JM: I was the first woman engineer in my department at Battelle, but was fortunate to have several good mentors. Back then, it was intimidating, being a young woman fresh out of school. It's still challenging being a woman in a male-dominated field, but CoverMyMeds did hire me and help me grow. I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had here and now work to provide opportunities for others. Overall, I felt that this was a welcoming environment. People here are amazing; they're so smart. I feel we've been willing to take chances on people, and it's paid off every time.
CMM: As we continue to grow, what are your hopes for the company?
JM: I think it's important for us to find even more ways to support our pipeline for all kinds of diversity. And we have a huge opportunity to be a force for good in this community, to build the STEM skills of the kids in Columbus. I'm excited to see how we'll continue that work.
CMM: Why are you proud to call CoverMyMeds "home"?
JM: I have to emphasize how much I've learned from my coworkers here. I love the people that I work with, and I am amazed by how self-motivating everyone is. No one needs to be told to do a good job. No one needs to be told to show up and do the work — they want to do it. It's hard to imagine working in another setting now. I lucked out, really, when I took the chance on a job here.
Featured: Lachandra Baker
Below is an article originally written by Jessica Behrendsen at PowerToFly Partner CoverMyMeds, and published on November 12, 2018. Go to CoverMyMeds' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
It's no secret how deeply we value our culture at CoverMyMeds. It's always top of mind when searching for new talent to bring into the mix, and the best way to ensure that valued culture remains unchanged is to find the right "keeper." Enter – Lachandra "La" Baker.
La was brought on as our senior manager of internal communications, and from day one has been a critical member of the team. La brings a contagious enthusiasm to CoverMyMeds and a working-knowledge of what is needed to grow a company in meaningful ways – through an "employee-first" mentality. Not to mention she does it all with a lot of heart, and a lot of laughter.
We sat down with La to find out what drew her to CoverMyMeds, and pick up some advice for other women in health care IT (HIT).
CoverMyMeds: Hi, La! I think I speak for everyone that has been able to work with you thus far in your CoverMyMeds career, we're so glad you're here!
La Baker: Thank you! That really means a lot to me! I love being here and collaborating with such amazing people. It truly gives me energy!
CoverMyMeds: Let's start by talking about your background before you found your way to us. What was your path?
La Baker: I have spent nearly 15 years in health care! Most recently at Cardinal Health and a few years at Mount Carmel Health System. Health care is one of those industries that will always be critical to people's lives. When people are in their most vulnerable moments, they want to have care that is comforting, meaningful and effective.
Seeing that care up close is remarkable and life-changing. Prior to my life in health care, I worked in the hospitality industry. I see similarities in both industries and I have loved the things I have been able to accomplish in both.
CoverMyMeds: That is one of the great things about working for an HIT company, to know you're building products that can improve the lives of patients, who also happen to be our friends, family and loved ones. That being said, what ultimately drew you to CoverMyMeds?
La Baker: I am a service-minded person. I love being able to make a difference in people's lives. Hearing CoverMyMeds' mission of helping patients and seeing how passionate people are about their work, it was something I definitely wanted to be a part of. My sister has been in IT for the better part of 20 years and health care IT for the majority of that. I always remember hearing her stories of how she helped monitors work in the NICU that detected and regulated the heartbeat of newborn infants or troubleshooting electronic health record interfaces to ensure those newborn records properly transferred. I realized there are so many pathways that HIT can take and it's all very interesting.
I never understood the prior authorization process until my husband was diagnosed with cancer. There were several rounds of chemotherapy and specialized medicines that he was prescribed. Knowing that a company like CoverMyMeds was helping us in the background to get our medications faster is heartwarming and admirable. I am very proud to work with such an incredible organization with such dedicated and caring people.
CoverMyMeds: In your role here, you work directly with employees across the organization. What are some of the best things about being in that unique position?
La Baker: The best part of my job is talking to all of the employees and finding out why they consider CoverMyMeds the Best Place to Work. We truly hire the best and brightest. I am in awe with how smart and talented our workforce is and how much they care about the patients we serve. I am also struck by how much our leadership team really puts the employees at the center of every one of their decisions. In addition to having a mission that we can really get behind, and make strides toward every day, we also get some of the very best perks and benefits I have ever experienced. It is truly a pleasure to come to work every single day.
CoverMyMeds: What advice do you have for young women who might be thinking about a career in HIT? Any lessons learned to pass on to the next generation of innovative, thoughtful women?
La Baker: Do your research on what's happening in the industry and be confident in the knowledge and experience that you bring to the table. Find a company where you can truly bring 100 percent of yourself to work every day. I worked for a company where the leaders tried to change me to be more like them. When I would not conform, they did not promote me. Since I've been at CoverMyMeds, I have been respected, supported and valued for being myself. It is very important for companies to celebrate diversity and encourage inclusion in leadership. It's exciting and extremely rewarding to work for a company that understands this and actively works toward it.
I would also tell them to keep learning. The health care world is changing daily. If we can have more of our employees bringing innovative ideas to the table, the more we can continue being leaders in the industry. Great ideas can come from anywhere in the company and none of us should be on the sidelines. We all have to be active participants in our success.