This year Susan Stern from Quality IT Partners attended the ANI-HFMA Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada the week of June 26, 2016. Healthcare finance professionals from around the country participated in more than 90 expert-led sessions and networked with their peers. On average there were 5000 who attended the conference. Of particular interest was the session on the new risk bearing models and proposed inpatient Medicare payment system. Revenue Cycle Management will be impacted as more health system and hospital contracts involve 90 day episode care payments. Accurate reimbursement will be driven by clinical documentation improvement strategies and automation. Another interesting session was on the impact of switching electronic medical records systems and the impact on revenue cycle management and patient satisfaction. Overall the conference was well received and insightful on how the upcoming affordable care act regulations will push more hospital services into the outpatient setting.
Quality sponsored our first Affinity Open Forum meeting on June 16. We had nine people in attendance, representing six different facilities. As the QuadraMed Listserve closes down, our forum gatherings will re-open the door for the Affinity user community with the continued opportunity to stay close in touch, share experiences, and help one another. Our Affinity Forum is intended to bring us closer together and provide opportunities for discussion, networking, and sharing tips on Affinity and related topics. This first call provided a very informative discussion. Our next meeting is planned for September 15, and we will be discussing M15 – the good, the bad, and (hopefully not), the ugly.
If you are interested in attending, please email us at CONTACTUS@QITP.COM
Quality IT Partners Expands Its Specialty Services For Hospitals, Health Systems and Clinically Integrated Networks
Quality IT Partners (Quality) has announced the expansion of its specialty services for hospitals, health systems, and clinically integrated networks. This year Quality has increased it’s emphasis on building partnerships with hospitals, health systems, and clinically integrated networks. Healthcare organizations are competing to be the dominant health systems in their regions. In addition, healthcare is still regionally based with each healthcare organization looking to remain financially healthy while still being above the competition. Healthcare financial stability is a significant concern in changing marketplaces. Dependable and quick turnarounds are required to keep on track of IT, financial, and clinical projects.
Through a variety of special service offerings, Quality is providing consulting services to assist organizations in all areas of their operations and IT support, including the following:
Denial Management and Revenue Cycle Optimization – the increase in denials by payers has been alarming. Quality offers special services to provide expertise in this area to evaluate your process and eliminate underpayments and denials. You may think you’re doing everything possible to submit clean, accurate claims to payers, yet denials still persist. If you do not know where you stand with your denial rates, you can’t reduce the problem. Quality assists its clients managing their denials within the complexity of their organization. From denial assessment to prevention, Quality’s team of expert consultants provides solutions to achieve rapid revenue cycle adjudication and positive cash flow improvements. We work with your team to implement best practices for sustaining results.
Documentation Optimization that Reflects Current Treatment Efforts for Medical Necessity – too often, hospital organizations have been locked into traditional ways of performing documentation. Quality expert clinical and IT staff can assist you in enhancing your current process to automate in areas including admission action plans for patients and caregivers. Discharge planning and care management departments are often focused on traditional utilization review when the underlying problem is implementing best practices within 24 hours of an admission. Let Quality offer you the opportunity to improve DRG admission reviews and length of stays while engaging your physician leadership in better ways to handle observation and in-patient admission stays. New methods of documenting admission and discharge summaries often make a substantial difference to your bottom line and improve discharge planning results.
Population Health Management – hospitals are taking on more risk, and an evaluation of your current population health strategy can prevent adverse outcomes while building on your expertise to manage chronic conditions. We have a clinical team to evaluate and offer you a return on investment plan to optimize your resources and improve clinical outcomes. Financial planning is critical to implementation of a population health management program that improves outpatient services and reduces unnecessary readmissions. If you are moving to commercial or Medicare ACO risk contracting, you must be able to validate quality outcomes not just cost savings. Let Quality offer you clinical expertise to assess, plan, evaluate, and monitor your population health management strategy.
Clinical Integration Analysis – Quality offers accreditation readiness evaluation of your clinically integrated network. Our experts can offer a systematic review and gap analysis of your clinically integrated network based on national URAC Clinical Integration Standards. If you are interested in reducing your antitrust risk, Quality will work with you to prepare for URAC Clinical Integration Accreditation.
Evaluating Telehealth and Telemedicine Services – Many hospitals, health systems, and clinically integrated networks are closely considering and implementing telemedicine and telehealth technologies. Telehealth by definition is the remote delivery of health services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. This includes a wide array of clinical services using internet, wireless, satellite, and telephone media. As a healthcare organization you may be at the crossroads of building or buying telehealth and telemedicine services or software. Telehealth and telemedicine services are still in their infancy as viable medical outreach methods to patients and show great promise. However, a thorough assessment and comparison of what is currently available and suitable to your organization, including the reputation of the vendors you are considering, is vital to a successful program implementation. According to the American Telemedicine Association there are about 200 telemedicine networks, with 3500 service sites in the U.S. Let Quality assist in evaluating the services you need based on nationally recognized criteria.
Clinical Information Analysis / Project Management - we have highly experienced clinicians and consultants to assist in new and ongoing system projects you are supporting. Our consultants have expertise in such areas as Cerner, Epic, QuadraMed, Midas+, Siemens, Allscripts and McKesson.. No matter the size of your organization - or the variety of care services you provide, Quality’s consultants have the clinical experience, workflow expertise, and application knowledge to assist you in achieving the results you are looking to gain from your applications.
Susan Stern, MHA, RN, CCM with over 25 years of experience in healthcare and consultative services. She is an Executive Director with Quality IT Partners, and specializes in assessing the needs of hospital, healthcare systems and clinically integrated networks. To learn more, please contact Susan at 816-905-3260 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a free initial consultation or proposal.
Now that everyone has had an opportunity to catch their breath after ICD-10, it's time to move forward with the latest Affinity updates from QuadraMed. Version M15 was released for general availability back on April 24, 2015, followed by the M15SP1 on January 21, 2016.
Quality IT Partners (Quality) has a team of renowned specialists, including our latest addition Joe Testa, with over 25 years' experience implementing Affinity and providing maintenance services to QuadraMed users nationwide. We have in-depth knowledge and experience to assist your staff with every aspect of your system upgrade.
Quality provides unlimited services for Affinity support, including the following sampling of offerings:
Release note review - our specialists will provide you with a spreadsheet review of all release notes relative to this upgrade that can be used for review with staff, testing, documentation, audit, and other key functions.
System Management services, including the following:
Load release to Product
Make release to Support
Load release to Live
Assistance with the creation of testing scenarios, and oversight of functional and integrated testing
Assistance with documentation of new functionality
Assistance with required set-up/build identified in the release notes
Training for end users
Assistance with system and process optimization.
Advanced Affinity services made simple.
Susan Stern joins Quality IT Partners
Quality IT Partners (Quality) is pleased to announce that Susan Stern has recently joined their Sales Team as Executive Director of Sales
Susan has over 25 years in health care administration and quality improvement, my diversified experiences in managed care operations and staff model medical practices give me expertise in understanding the clients need to set themselves above the competition through nationally recognized accreditation, achievement and performance outcome measures.
Nancy Upton joins Quality IT Partners
Quality IT Partners (Quality) is pleased to announce that Nancy Upton has recently joined their Sales Team as Executive Director of Sales
Nancy has over 20 years of experience in Business-to-Business sales working in the Staffing Industry. The past several years she has worked with Healthcare Organizations providing Epic, Cerner and Meditech candidates. In addition, she has a very strong network of candidates with Epic, Cerner and Meditech skills. She is an accomplished professional in all aspects of the sales process including revenue generation, business relationship development, contract negotiations, closing, post sales account services, market analysis, training and team leadership skills.
Cerner Health Conference 2015
Once again, Quality’s Cerner Practice Team attended this year's Cerner Health Conference, held in Kansas City, MO from October 11th-14th, 2015. The Cerner Health Conference brings together health care professionals from around the globe to experience targeted client presentations, networking opportunities, and the award-winning Solutions Gallery to explore the latest products and solutions from Cerner and their partners. This year's theme, Connecting What Matters, focused on connecting information across the care continuum, pairing populations with intelligent solutions and resources while supporting care and business teams across the globe. Neal Patterson, Cerner chairman and CEO, addressed more than 14,000 professionals, clients, and associates during his keynote and was joined most notably by guest, Dr. Karen DeSalvo from the US Department of Health and Human Services. DeSalvo and Patterson spoke candidly about the new interoperability roadmap and moving to a set of nationally recognized standards, with the need for data to move seamlessly. The Cerner Health Conference is an annual meeting of the minds that showcases what we have collectively achieved and pushes us towards tomorrow's vision. Quality is committed to their partnership with Cerner and building a healthier future together.
Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation 20th Annual Golf Classic
On July 13th, Quality IT Partners participated in the Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation 20th Annual Golf Classic in Wisconsin. Quality IT Partners is a proud sponsor of the Rogers Foundation, which supports children, teens and adults fighting mental illness. The Foundation raises funds to increase access to medical professionals at Rogers Memorial Hospital and to enhance the hospital's treatment programs.
Joseph Testa joins Quality IT Partners
Employee Announcement June 19, 2015
MOUNT AIRY, Maryland - Quality IT Partners (Quality) is pleased to announce that Joe Testa has recently joined their Revenue Cycle Solutions Practice as a Senior Consultant.
Joe is a key addition to Quality's Revenue Cycle Solutions Practice. He is initially focusing on and assisting their QuadraMed clients with business office process improvement, revenue cycle optimization and Affinity software related tasks.
Joe comes to Quality with over thirty-five years' of experience in the healthcare industry. He has extensive experience in acute care hospital environments as well as revenue cycle consulting/implementation/support and development of healthcare information systems. He has implemented over 20 revenue cycle systems as well as consulted on numerous implementation projects.
Joe has held such roles as Hospital Accountant, Business Office Manager/Director of Revenue Cycle and Controller/Chief Financial Officer. He has an expert understanding of the industry to help hospitals improve their cash flow and overall revenue cycle processes to include patient access/registration and HIM/coding. Joe is also highly experienced in creating best practices for assisting with client reviews, against industry benchmarks, including process improvements.
2015 Cerner NARUG (North Atlantic Regional User Group) Conference
Quality recently attended the Cerner NARUG (North Atlantic Regional User Group) conference in Baltimore, MD. The conference centered on knowledge-sharing and networking and offered many key workflow and educational opportunities. The event gave our team the opportunity to connect with Cerner associates and our Cerner clients/colleagues, as well as share and learn through the educational sessions.
One highlight of the meeting was a site visit to Sinai Hospital, part of LifeBridge Health. Our team was part of the overall hospital tour which included walkthroughs of the Central Registration, Emergency Department, Cancer Center, Pediatric Oncology, Radiology Department, and Maternity areas highlighting their use of Cerner products and functionality.
The RUG (regional Cerner user group) community provides a venue to share and learn about enterprise-wide topics such as architecture, technology, and new Cerner initiatives. This meeting in particular is geographically aligned with where we have our corporate office in Mount Airy, MD.
2015 HFMA Leadership Training Conference (LTC)
Quality recently attended the 2015 Leadership Training Conference at the San Antonio Marriott River Center, in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees from all 50 states and Puerto Rico came together to focus on strategic planning for their local Chapters, featuring real case studies and recent successes from their peers. There were multiple leadership labs to include: Overviews of Chapter Accounting Processes, the Financial Reporting Requirements, Chapter budgets, Treasurer Fiduciary Responsibilities and a highly valuable Idea Exchange session.
Quality IT Partners Awarded Cerner Training Contract for Rogers Memorial Hospital
Quality IT Partners, Inc. (Quality) has been awarded a multi-facility electronic health record (EHR) training contract by Rogers Memorial Hospital to assist in meeting learning goals and delivering an effective training program for their Cerner Millennium® implementation. Terri Schultz, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer of Rogers Memorial Hospital commented, “Quality has been leading our Cerner education initiative and we are very pleased with the level of service they have provided. We are looking forward to having Quality further assist us with the implementation of our EHR.” J. Mark Debnam, Quality CEO, added, "We are delighted with the partnership Rogers Memorial Hospital has established with us and look forward to further assisting them with this important initiative.”
About Quality IT Partners
Quality is a hands-on, technology-driven consulting company. We assist healthcare organizations with complete end-to-end systems planning, acquisition, customization, implementation and maintenance including technical and operational support. We specialize in assisting clients in transitioning from dated, expensive legacy technologies to modern, cost-effective solutions using leading-edge implementation practices. Our implementation professionals are experienced clinicians and financial consultants and have experience with all major HIS vendors. We view each assignment as an opportunity to transfer our knowledge and experiences to our client's staff. For more information, visit www.qitp.com.
Wisconsin-based Rogers Behavioral Health System is a private, not-for-profit system nationally recognized for its specialized psychiatry and addiction services. Anchored by Rogers Memorial Hospital, Rogers offers multiple levels of evidence-based treatment for adults, children and adolescents with depression and mood disorders, eating disorders, addiction, obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder in multiple locations. For more information, visit www.rogershospital.org.
Cerner Health Conference 2014
Quality’s Cerner Practice Team attended the Cerner Health Conference 2014, held in Kansas City, MO from November 2nd through 5th. Cerner Health Conference is Cerner’s annual, industry-leading healthcare event and was attended by nearly 11,000 people this year. The theme, Together We Anticipate, Innovate, and Accelerate, was evidentfrom the first general session which was concluded by returning speaker Wendy Sue Swanson, who excited the audience by sharing the many tools available to the community that will help everyone become more in tune with their own health record.
Speeches throughout the conference focused on innovation and the direction that healthcare is taking us. Among them was a heart-warming Keynote address led by Cerner CEO, Neal Patterson, whose personal account of insufficient rural healthcare has led to Cerner’s Early Sepsis Alert Program which aids clinicians in quickly identifying the signs of Sepsis and significantly decreasing mortality.
Filled with relevant education, a vast array of networking opportunities and the award-winning Solutions Gallery, the conference was an excellent opportunity for the team to connect with present and past clients, as well as create new relationships.
Quality's 2014 Annual Offsite - Pasadena, California
The Quality team just returned from another successful annual offsite that was held in sunny Pasadena, California. We all enjoyed our "star-studded" trip to the West Coast where we all were "California Dreamin'" while spending some Quality time with our co-workers! Our once-a-year visits always provide us time to learn from each other, catch up and relax. This year, like every other year, we made some dazzling memories!
2014 Inc. 5000 Honoree List
We are delighted to announce that Quality IT Partners has been named a 2014 Inc. 5000 honoree for the fourth consecutive year. Inc. 5000 continues to welcome the fastest growing companies in America into a very exclusive club, for over 33 years.
Thank you to everyone at Quality for contributing to this great achievement!
Quality proudly sponsored a hole in the 8th Annual Four County Lions Club Golf Fundraiser, scheduled for June in Mt Airy, MD.
This great group is very involved with eyeglass recycling for those less fortunate who need eye wear, as well as raising money for ICARE (International Cancer Alliance for Research and Education) and spending time with Wounded Warriers from Walter Reed.
Becker’s Hospital Review has named Quality IT Partners as one of the top 150 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. This esteemed list features provider organizations, including hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory surgery centers. It also includes non-provider organizations, electronic health record providers, and information technology services providers.
Organizations on this list provide excellent work environments and outstanding benefits to their employees. The selections were based on an editorial review process in which a Becker’s Hospital Review team conducted research, considered nominations, and evaluated organizations based on their benefits, workplace culture, professional development opportunities, and previous recognition for workplace excellence.
In October 2013, Quality IT Partners was selected by SmartCEO as an award winner in the Future50 Awards program! The Future50 program recognizes 50 of the fastest-growing companies in The Greater Baltimore region. Quality is honored to be named one of 2014's esteemed Future 50 award winners!
Please take a moment to view Mark Debnam, CEO of Quality IT Partners, interview video:
HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition
Quality attended the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. The conference was attended by close to 38,000 healthcare professionals and 1,200 exhibitors. It focused on patient safety, care quality, access and affordability.
Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini opened the conference by focusing on the connected patient which set the stage for the entire conference. Throughout the week long event, focus was on the individual and their responsibility for their own healthcare. From patient education, to patient portals, to incentive programs, consumer engagement is and will be the focus of our healthcare providers in the coming years. Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton drew a large crowd and focused her speech on evidence based policy decisions and closing keynote speaker Erik Weihenmayer led the audience to tears with his emotional journey into blindness and how he has overcome his disability to be the first blind man to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Mr. Weihenmayer now is board vice president of No Barrriers, USA, a nonprofit organization that works with disabled persons to overcome obstacles in their lives through their adventure programs.
Education sessions held during the conference focused on:
14th Annual An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends Ice Show and Gala
The event raises funds for The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) and its programs including the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, Chemocare.com and research projects through the Cleveland Clinic.
Quality IT Partners' (Quality) corporate philanthropy sponsorship program, One Patient One World, continues to look for ways to improve the overall healthcare and patient experience. This program is designed to assist in forging new relationships between organizations and patients.
On November 2nd, Quality was honored to meet its newly sponsored patient, Ms. Charmella Prince. Quality invited Ms. Prince and a guest to join us as our guests at the 14th Annual Scott Hamilton CARES Ice Show and Gala. We wanted to provide Charmella with an evening to remember.
Quality's 2013 Annual Offsite - Charleston, South Carolina
The Quality team just returned from another successful annual offsite that was held in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. We all enjoyed Charleston's historic charm, beautiful architecture and southern food, as we came together for some brainstorming, bonding and relaxation.
2014 SmartCEO Future 50 Award Winner
We are pleased to announce that Quality IT Partners has been selected as an award winner in the Future 50 Awards program! The Future 50 program recognizes 50 of the fastest-growing companies in The Greater Baltimore region. Quality is honored to be named one of 2014's esteemed Future 50 award winners!
Annual QuadraMed User Group Conference
Quality recently attended the annual QuadraMed User Group Conference in Washington D.C. This was the first User Group Meeting since QuadraMed was acquired by Toronto based Constellation Software and its wholly-owned subsidiary N. Harris Computer Corporation (Harris). Quality leadership met with Harris executives, as well as previous executive QuadraMed management still in place after the acquisition, to discuss the future direction of the QuadraMed suite of products and how Quality can continue provide support to QuadraMed and its client base. In addition, Quality met with many of its QuadraMed clients and hosted a client dinner on Monday evening.
2013 Inc. 5000 Honoree List
We are delighted to announce that Quality IT Partners has been named a 2013 Inc. 5000 honoree and has made this exclusive list for the third time. For 32 years Inc. 5000 has welcomed the fastest growing companies in America into a very exclusive club. According to Inc., it was harder to get into this year than ever in its history. We are so proud of everyone at Quality for contributing to this great achievement!
HIMSS Convention 2013 in New Orleans
I was fortunate to have been asked to attend the 2013 HIMSS Convention and represent Quality IT Partners. There were close to 40,000 attendees this year, with 1245 vendors. The convention center is one mile long, and invariably, I would choose sessions back to back one end of the hall from another. They allowed 15 minutes between sessions, so perhaps I walked off some of the good New Orleans food I sampled. The majority of the Sessions centered on Meaningful Use. I obtained good information and have shared with Carol Wheeler, our Cerner team lead. There was a wonderful exhibit, Interoperability Showcase. This exhibit had quite a few vendors within, demonstrating the “sharing of a patient’s electronic health record”. This was my first HIMSS, as being an NICU nurse, I would attend the AWHONN conventions, when time permitted. It was a great experience, and I am very thankful to Quality Leadership, to allow me to attend.
The biggest news at HIMSS, was when five of the large players in Electronic Health Records announced that there has been a creation of a “Commonwell Alliance”. The founders are Cerner, Athenahealth, RelayHealth, AllScripts, Greenway and McKesson. In the news, Epic states they were not asked to participate. Below are the principles, as stated on the CommonWell web page.
The CommonWell Health Alliance will be designed to be an independent not-for-profit trade association organization open to all health information technology vendors devoted to the simple vision that a patient’s data should be available to patients and providers regardless of where care occurs. Additionally, provider access to this data must be built-in to EHR technologies at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of healthcare providers and the patients they serve.
Mission - What the CommonWell Health Alliance Plans to Deliver
The CommonWell Health Alliance plans to promote and certify a national infrastructure with common standards and policies and will ensure that products that display the CommonWell Health Alliance seal have been certified to work on the national infrastructure. Among the early core components of the national infrastructure, CommonWell Health Alliance will define and promote the following core services and standards:
Patient Linking and Matching - Provide a way for vendors to identify patients as they move from setting to setting, in a robust and seamless industry-wide data environment.
Patient Access and Consent Management - Foster a HIPAA-compliant, patient-controlled means to simplify the management of consents and authorizations for data sharing.
Record Locator Service and Directed Query - Enable providers to match the locations of a patient’s previous health care encounters, no matter where the encounter occurred, and gain access to that data in an industry standard way
Purpose - Why Build a National Infrastructure and Services?
CommonWell’s purpose will be to solve the longstanding industry problem of interoperability.
Together with other industry members, we will pursue the simple vision that a patient’s data should be available in a secure, trusted manner to the patient and the patient’s care providers regardless of where care occurs. We will seek to improve care quality and foster innovation by creating an open, vendor-neutral platform to break down the technological and process barriers that currently inhibit effective health care data exchange.
Our current health care delivery system lacks an easy, affordable way to allow the frictionless movement of patient-centered data across all settings of care and among all health care IT systems. The technology landscape is fragmented and builds significant barriers to creating a single, unified view of the patient for the entire healthcare team and managing patient consent at scale.
We believe that this problem of interoperability is best solved by forming an industry consortium to adopt common standards and protocols to provide sustainable, cost-effective, trusted access to patient data. We further believe this capability should be available across vendors and delivered “out of the box” to our clients and end users, relying on a national infrastructure to implement the services in a consistent and reliable way to ensure their ubiquity.
Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." At Quality the spirit of giving and corporate philanthropy is part of our DNA. This type of generosity promotes a sense of pride in our workplace. Not only during the holidays, but throughout the year we are committed to community outreach initiatives, supporting medical research foundations and touching the lives of healthcare patients.
What an awesome way to end the year……
Who says you can't have fun at work?We wouldn't have it any other way here at Quality IT Partners! Our team just returned from our annual offsite that was held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We enjoyed some sunshine, bonding, rest and relaxation with our team members and their families.
This year Quality invited quests to be seated at a table that featured representatives from both the Cleveland Clinic and executives from the Quality team. Quality's guest of honor was a cancer patient at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, along with her husband. Many gala attendees inspired by her courageous story and journey, met with her - including gala host Scott Hamilton. This years gala also included special guests such as Wynonna Judd and all 12 US Olympic Figure Skating Gold Medalists.
Quality considers this patient and her family as members of its extended company family and plans to continue to expand its outreach initiatives to further embrace the patient community for which it cares so deeply.
The Annual Hillman Cancer Center Gala supports research and the next phase of growth and discovery at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center (UPCI). In addition, sponsored partnerships help support outstanding scientists and clinicians housed at the Hillman Cancer Center who stand on the front lines as we continue to battle this disease. This annual event serves as the cornerstone of the new advances in cancer research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
We are honored to announce that Quality has been named a 2012 Inc. 5000 honoree. We are so proud of everyone at Quality for contributing to this great achievement to be named as one of the fastest growing private companies in America.
Who says you can't have fun at work?
We wouldn't have it any other way here at Quality IT Partners! This year, we are taking our team and their families to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for some bonding, rest and relaxation. Paradise in December... here we come!
Quality IT Partners, Inc. is a proud sponsor of the Toni Turchi Foundation. We welcome you to visit Toni's new website and join her in support of finding a prevention for breast cancer. www.toniturchifoundation.org
HIMSS 12 Conference
Donna Eversole represented Quality at the annual HIMSS 2012 Conference this year from February 20-24 in Las Vegas.
This year’s conference offered an abundance of options to everyone in attendance. Some attended for education sessions, networking, job hunting, business-to-business meetings, updates on new, policies, products and services, vendor meetings and demonstrations, interoperability advances, or finding resources for employment openings.
Keynote speakers offered policy updates, stories of innovation, and interesting research on centurions and a cross-cultural longevity formula.
There were special sessions for Healthcare Systems Improvement, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and RTLS (Real Time Location Systems), CIO's, Federal Healthcare IT, Health IT Ventures and Strategic Partners, Ambulatory professionals, HIT X.0 with glimpses of the future, Leaders and Innovators, Physician executives, HIT and Financial Technologies, Global Executives, Leadership and Development.
Regional networking meetings and special interest group meetings allowed folks time to share information and contacts for common interests and regional areas.
There were over 300 vendors with exhibits, including the largest interoperability demonstration ever. Many new vendors and new product exhibitions were present to promote and demonstrate their products.
The Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements were released for review and comments during the conference.
Quality is committed to community outreach initiatives and touching the lives of healthcare patients. Throughout 2011, Quality has provided significant financial and participative support for such organizations as The Habitat for Humanity, The American Heart Association, Special Olympics, The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, The American Cancer Society, The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and local schools and food banks.
This year Quality invited guests to be seated at a table that featured representatives from both the Cleveland Clinic and executives from the Quality team. Quality’s guest of honor was a cancer patient currently receiving treatment at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. Joining this patient was her husband and 10 year old son. Many gala attendees inspired by her courageous story and journey, met with her - including gala host and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton. This year’s gala also included special musical guest Sheryl Crow.
Quality considers this patient and her family as members of its extended company family and plans to expand its outreach initiatives to further embrace the patient community for which it cares so deeply.
The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (CARES) was founded in 1999 as a partnership between Scott Hamilton, Olympic ice-skating champion and cancer survivor, and the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute where Scott was treated. It was created to promote cancer awareness while raising significant funds for cancer research.
July 2011 HIStalk Interview With Mark Debnam, Founder and CEO, Quality IT Partners
Give me a brief overview of yourself and the company
I founded the company in 2000. My first partner, Marty Zola, he's our Chief Technology Officer, joined about three months later, followed in 2001 and in 2003 by our final two partners, who are with us still today Carol Wheeler and Donna Eversole.
We are very family-oriented company here. Were a small company, about 20-25 folks, and we specialize in healthcare IT. We cover just about everything out there. We have seven different application practice areas. We have eight management consulting-focused areas as well. We also do a lot of work in the hospital and medical office building architecture and construction work, in addition to infrastructure.
Quality IT Partners (Quality) is pleased to announce that it is leading the Meaningful Use analysis efforts for one of the largest multi-facility health systems in the country. While in the process of performing a detailed review of the Meaningful Use Final Rule and analysis of each of the Core, Menu Set and Clinical Measures, Quality is also assisting with identifying vendor gaps and standards needed for terminology. Meaningful Use attainment takes into account not only the ability to capture data, but submitting, organizing and monitoring data within the EHR. A few of the key areas of initial focus surround Problem List functionality, Emergency Department analysis and Quality Reporting tools.
Quality is pleased to announce the release of the White Paper “What Every Healthcare Organization Should Know about Deploying IT When Planning and Designing a New Healthcare Facility”. The paper is intended for healthcare organizations that are embarking on a major construction project and would like advice from senior managers who have worked through construction projects. The advice in this paper should help you to get your construction project off to a good start and to avoid the problems that are common to new healthcare facilities.
Quality IT Partners (Quality) recently won another IT Infrastructure new construction project with a major health system in the West. Quality’s IT Infrastructure Practice assists clients with deployment and configurations of IT infrastructure during healthcare facility construction. Quality applies a unique blend of clinical, healthcare operations, and technical infrastructure knowledge from planning to project completion. During the past year alone, Quality has managed or assisted eight deployment projects ranging from supporting community hospitals, specialty hospitals, medical office buildings, behavioral health facilities, and large academic medical centers. Quality implements key leading technologies to the success of new facilities including RFID, real-time tracking, wireless phones/badges, teleconferencing, wireless networks, distributed antenna systems, lights out data center operations, disaster recovery planning, green technologies, and security.
Says Mark Debnam, President and CEO of Quality IT Partners, “We are very pleased with the success and rapid growth of our healthcare IT facilities construction offering. Often during facility construction, key emerging technologies along with attention to clinical and administrative workflow are overlooked. Our IT Infrastructure Practice focuses on these critical elements and ensures a successful outcome with each engagement. We are enjoying its growth, and how well the Practice complements our highly successful Cerner, Epic and QuadraMed systems practices.”
Quality announces the addition of Midas+ and McKesson Paragon to its applications consulting services offerings which currently include Cerner, Epic, Siemens, QuadraMed, Eclipsys, and GE Centricity.
Quality announces that it has recently become a Gold Sponsor of HIStalk. Keeping up to date on healthcare news is key for all of us here at Quality, and we are very impressed with the content, contributions, and delivery of the information HIStalk provides. It is clear that a lot of time and effort is given to each HIStalk publication.