Recap of the Busy Conference Season

Throughout the past few months, Stoltenberg leadership has had the opportunity to attend several health IT conferences, including CHIME13 Fall Forum, Midwest HIMSS Conference, New York eHealth Digital Health Conference, and several smaller regional HIMSS events. During its appearances, Stoltenberg representatives exhibited, held focus groups, attended sessions and keynote speakers, and even presented their own take on topics like help desk services and smart data.


At the CHIME Fall Forum, “Surviving the economic downturn” stood out as a popular session, as it discussed applying data analytics to HIT department finances to take the emotion and stress out of budgeting. Another major highlight was words from Farzad Mostashari, just days after leaving his post as the National Coordinator for Health IT at the ONC. Mostashari shared some experiences of his time at the ONC, the impact of budget issues and the government shutdown on HIT, and thoughts on the timetable of Stage 2 meaningful use.

Fast-forward a few weeks later, Stoltenberg attended and exhibited at the Midwest HIMSS Conference. Hot topics of the conference included preventative care and mobile health, aiming to link wellness coaching with technology to impact lifestyle choices. Sessions showed how mobile health continues to link patients and healthcare providers with more capability of diagnosis, treatment, and education through methods of interactive patient apps in the form of mini games and more.

Finally, at the New York eHealth Collaborative Digital Health Conference, major interest points included the importance of interoperability standards on Health IT innovation, patient engagement and the value of empowering consumers, as well as the power of data. Within their keynotes, Chairman of Kaiser Permanente George Halvorson and National Director of Organizing for Action Jim Messina both discussed the power of data to transform the U.S. healthcare system. Halvorson specifically touched on how HIT and real-time data has dramatically improved quality of care and reduced costs at Kaiser.

Throughout each of these and future conferences, we’re thankful to gain industry insight and inspiration to impact our own thought leadership, as well as how we constantly push to best aid our client hospitals.

Recap of South Florida HIMSS Health Trade Fair


If you didn’t attend the South Florida HIMSS event last week, you missed an amazing CIO roundtable discussion with the opportunity to learn the latest trends from powerhouse CIOs like Miami Children’s SVP & CIO Ed Martinez. Martinez discussed how he’s helping to transform healthcare delivery to children all over the world through Telemedicine. He is working with a vendor that enables a patient to be examined via a device that looks like a hand. The device touches the patient and sends data back to the physician. Though it sounds like sci-fi, this is an incredible advancement in HIT. What are your thoughts?


Martinez believes that the CIO’s role of the future is part visionary, part business leader, and part CIO. His thoughts were expanded by Leslie Albright, CIO of Bethesda Health, Inc. Albright explained that in the past, IT came up with a business plan and submitted it to administration as a stand-alone plan. Then, it had little to do with direct patient care. Today however, the IT plan incorporates into the corporate strategy of the hospital, aligning IT’s strategy with the business strategy. Albright also stated she prefers to hire clinically savvy employees, who she can train to understand IT. This shows a paradigm shift as IT decisions become more clinically based as opposed to process based.

Also within the event, moderator, Mary Carroll Ford, senior VP & CIO of Lakeland Regional Medical Center, asked the panel, “What keeps you up at night?”  The roundtable panel responded with the topics of ICD-10, business intelligence, data warehousing, e-health, tele-health and construction. Panel members also all agreed that supporting medicine today is moving away from the traditional 9-5, Mon-Fri controlled world they all lived in for so long.  The new model is not about supporting the hardware anymore. Systems and servers are stable and rarely crash.  The new model has to include support, for not only after-hours, but also for new technology. Such new technology is being pushed as patients download apps, scan  barcodes on medicine as post visit records, and view test results on smart phones, tablets and iPads. In the past, IT used to be able to limit the devices used.  This is a new age, and anything goes to affect patient experience. And yet again, the South Florida HIMSS panel agreed that this all gathers to keep them up at night to figure out how to support it all.


Finally, as a note on Stoltenberg’s part in the event, the SCI crew served as a Silver Sponsor and Exhibitor of the South Florida event. Vice President Shane Pilcher also enlightened groups with the presentations “Big Data – Fact or Fiction” and “Help-Desk –A Help Desk That Really Helps.”

In all, the event provided a great venue for thought leadership exchange for South Florida healthcare IT industry participants, as well as a chance to reflect on the progress of the industry as a whole.

CHIME 2013 Recap

Our team had a wonderful time at 2013 CHIME CIO Boot Camp and CHIME Fall Forum in Scottsdale, AZ. We wanted to take a moment to share our memories from the events in the Westin Kierland Resort. Stoltenberg participated by sponsoring the CIO Boot Camp Closing Reception, hosting the first ever Women of CHIME Networking Event, and holding a Fall Forum Focus Group, while making time to attend sessions, meet with media, and attend networking events.


Congrats to our very deserving Stoltenberg Future Fund Scholarship recipient David Broyhill, CIO of Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, TX.


We had such great conversation and networking with the inspiring female leaders at the First Annual Women of CHIME Networking Event in Nellie Cashman’s.

From the Women of CHIME Event, CIO attendees thought of the following initiatives that need support in 2014:

-Continue gaining Millenials’ interest in healthcare IT
-Business analytics and intelligence
-Focus groups for women
-Board level representation
-STEM (science/tech/engineering/math) also get women involved early
-Use “cost of care” analytics
-Access the ERM and supply chain management to reduct case cost and improve outcome
-Have a female mentoring program
-Community service-women together for a common cause
-Primary coaches for female CIOs




We are very thankful for the support and attendance at our events and look forward to next year’s CHIME Fall Forum.

Thanks for your time!

A First-Time Attendee Recaps the HIMSS 2013 Conference




The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center held 1.1 million square feet of HIMSS13 excitement.

The following post highlights a Stoltenberg Consultant Development Program team member’s HIMSS experience:

From March 3-7, the HIMSS 2013 Conference and Exhibition, the largest healthcare IT gathering with as many as 34,000 attendees, was held in New Orleans, LA.  It was my first time attending HIMSS, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Upon walking into the convention hall, I was surprised of the size and complexity of the booths before my eyes, and I couldn’t even see every booth. The isles stretched beyond my view, with booths set up for live demos, in-booth speeches, ER/ICU rooms, booths with a complete bar set up within it, and even booths spanning so large it was like walking in a house with multiple levels. Our own booth was set up with a Geodesic dome which was completely unique compared to the other booths. Trying to view all of the booths in the time frame allowable for the first day was not even a remote possibility. The range of possibilities and vendors that can encompass the words “healthcare IT” was astounding for a first time attendee to experience. I could not believe that this many people were invested in healthcare IT. Just the sheer number of EHR vendors was astounding, who were there to help healthcare providers meet government standards.

Stoltenberg’s booth theme Building a Better HIT Community featured a Geodesic dome and 12-foot fabric tree.

While surveying some participants and exhibitors, one issue stood clear as a major discussion at HIMSS 2013 and as a major discussion for the upcoming year, Meaningful Use. There is such a high demand for healthcare IT personnel, it is important to get the word out that clients need assistance with meeting government requirements. Every day, several educational sessions were offered for the major issues being talked about today, including Meaningful Use, Health Information Exchange, and ICD-10. I was able to attend a few of these educational sessions.

The floor was busy all week with attendees visiting exhibitor presentations, educational sessions, and live demos.

I was able to share my incite to attendees on what it is to be a Junior Consultant and the opportunities that I am gaining versus what I would have a few years ago when news grads were not given the opportunity to become consultants. The responses I received about the program were all very positive, with most people surprised that there is such a program available. I was also able to explain the work I have done on the Stoltenberg Help Desk and how beneficial it is for our clients.

HIMSS was a great experience to network and meet people, expand educationally, and to see what is occurring in the industry. As a new grad with limited healthcare industry knowledge, it was amazing to hear about new innovations that many major vendors are creating. It would have been great to be able to see every booth, but in the three days, it is not realistically possible.  Just remember, if you are a first time attendee, it doesn’t matter what type of shoes you wear! In the future I feel as though the conference may need to be extended in order to allow participants the ability to experience more of the booths, especially if the convention is going to keep growing as the years go by. Overall as a first time attendee, HIMSS was an overwhelmingly great experience on many levels.

Stoltenberg team members conducted an industry survey from the show floor to gauge hot topics for 2013.