By Olivia Ritter, Communications Intern
This spring, The Health Collaborative has on-boarded its largest team of interns yet! We recently brought Jack Komrska on to join the Informatics team through mid-August.
We sat down with Jack for a quick interview to find out what motivates him and learn more about his world.
Q: Hello Jack, and welcome! What is your role at THC for the summer?
A: I am the Informatics intern supporting customer help cases for the integration team and writing software for the company.
Q: Tell us about an activity or project you’re working on, or involved in currently.
A: I am currently working on an HL7 parser. [For the non-technical: Parsing is the process of breaking a data block into smaller chunks by following a set of rules, so that it can be more easily interpreted, managed, or transmitted. HL7 is a messaging standard used in the healthcare industry to exchange data between systems. Source 1, Source 2]
Q: What’s your favorite stress-relieving activity outside of the office, and why?
A: Hanging out with my friends.
Q: Where is your favorite vacation spot?
A: Traverse City, Michigan because I used to spend my summers there. (My middle name is Traverse!)
Q: If you could be in a movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?
A: The Bourne Identity, Jason Bourne. Who wouldn’t want an exciting life like that!
Q: What would your perfect meal entail?
A: I’m very picky but I like pulled pork sandwiches and macaroni.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Married, 2-3 kids, and living somewhere in the Midwest because everyone’s nice.
Q: If you could, what time period would you visit in history?
A: 60’s because of the music… and so I could see the Beatles live!
Q: If you were stuck on an island and could choose one person to be stuck with who would it be? Why?
A: Bear Grylls, host of a survival show.
Q: What is your favorite Netflix or Hulu show?
A: The Punisher
Q: If you could drink one drink other than water for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Chocolate milk
Q: What was your favorite outdoor activity as a child?
A: Ghost in the graveyard – a classic.
Q: Did you play any sports in high school or college?
A: I ran cross country and track. Running can be meditative.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Married, 2-3 kids, and living somewhere in the Midwest because everyone’s nice.
Q: So far what is your favorite part about your job?
A: The people!
Q: Where are you enrolled in school and are you in any extracurriculars?
A: University of Cincinnati. I’m in a fraternity: Beta Theta Pi. The Beta Nu Chapter at UC was founded in 1840, and I’m proud to be part of that tradition.