Looking Back on Big Data Effectiveness

With HIMSS15 right around the corner, it seems fitting to focus on one of the conference’s upcoming hot topics: The Future of… Big Data. In a survey published by InformationWeek, participants were asked about the effectiveness of their organizations in identifying critical data and using it to make decisions.


Big data, big trouble

Of those surveyed,  30 percent shared that their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions. This figure falls from 2013’s 42 percent. Additionally, 63 percent said they are only moderately effective, while 7 percent claim defeat in the big data journey.

Revisiting these results makes us wonder if the health IT industry will have similar apprehensions about big data at this year’s conference. Has the year span made enough of a dent in these issues to incite organizations to use big data and business intelligence toward informed clinical and business operations decision-making?

While we celebrate the buzz big data’s popularity provoked over the past year, we also note that organizations cannot blindly jump onto the big data bandwagon. Healthcare organizations should not simply collect data for the sake of collecting data. For true big data success, healthcare organizations need to work towards obtaining smart healthcare data. The differentiating factors of smart healthcare data are the types of data being collected, the volume of the data, and its validity. By establishing best practices in the data collection process for the right type and amount, organizations won’t be left with large quantities that cannot be analyzed well.

People + processes

Additionally, while key performance indicators, benchmarks, and dashboards help to indicate progress of data collection, BI initiatives and efficiency of organizations, true success cannot be met without organization-wide support and a strategic roadmap. Both clinical and financial end users must come together to engage with, understand, and support BI technology and processes. At the same time, these end users should be provided with information relevant to their roles and department goals to effectively alter staff performance. Executive leadership must also lead organization-wide buy-in by example and prepare BI processes to answer anticipated future “what if” questions. A BI solution is not a cookie-cutter solution. Hospitals must combine industry insights and experience to interpret the right data to transform both clinical and financial processes, supporting unique organizational goals and cultural change.

HIMSS15 blog carnival

This blog post was created to promote and join in on the #HIMSS15 Blog Carnival buzz, following the topic of “The future of big data.” For more information on the Blog Carnival, please contact: himss@shiftcomm.com. For more information on HIMSS15, please visit: Http://www.himssconference.org.

Thank you for your time, and we hope to see you at HIMSS15 in Chicago!

HIMSS15 Blog Carnival

Whether you’re attending HIMSS15 in Chicago or not, you and your organization can still join the HIMSS buzz in this year’s Third Annual #HIMSS15 Blog Carnival from April 6-10! The Blog Carnival will promote health IT hot topics one week before the actual HIMSS conference to provoke meaningful conversations.


HIMSS15’s five Social Media Ambassadors will serve as the carnival hosts. Each Social Media Ambassador will host one day of the carnival, offering his or her industry expertise and perspectives on the topic of the day.

The overall theme of the carnival will be “The Future of…,” with a specific focus for each day:

· Day 1: The Connected Healthcare System

· Day 2: Big Data

· Day 3: Security

· Day 4: Innovation

· Day 5: Patient Engagement

 Anyone from the health IT community is welcome to submit his or her blog posts by the March 20 deadline.

How to submit to the #HIMSS15 Blog Carnival

  • Create a blog post that fits the five subject areas specified above and theme of the Carnival.
  • Make posts non-promotional in content and focused on the designated topics.
  • Submit blog posts to himss@shiftcomm.com for review before March 20.
  • Clearly state in your email subject the theme topic you are have written about. Authors are welcome to write several posts for one or multiple topics.

Good luck with your posts!

A Big Thank You for Best in KLAS


Last Thursday, we were thrilled to announce that Stoltenberg Consulting strengthened its legacy of renowned healthcare IT consulting services by earning not one, but two 2014 Best in KLAS awards! (Wahoo!)

In the 2014 Best in KLAS: Software & Services report, KLAS Research awarded Stoltenberg 2014 Best in KLAS for both IT Outsourcing (Partial), which includes Stoltenberg’s legacy support and IT Help Desk Service Line, and Clinical Implementation Supportive with scores of 90.9 and 97.9 out of 100 respectively*.

These accolades would not be possible without your help. We are sincerely thankful for the honest, unbiased feedback our clients provided to KLAS Research, like the following:

“I feel like I can trust Stoltenberg Consulting as if they work for me directly.  I have really come to depend on them. They work around the clock to help our project stay on track and be successful. I am really appreciative of their dedication and follow up. In addition to working with them side by side every day, we also have a monthly tracking call so we can all see where we are and what needs to get taken care of. I find that call to be very productive and helpful.”

-IT Director, December 2014 **


Annual Best in KLAS reports independently monitor vendor performance through the active participation of healthcare executives, managers and clinicians representing over 4,500 hospitals and 2,500 clinics. For a complete view of commentaries related to these services, visit KLASresearch.com.

Thank you again to our clients for their continued support! We’re so pleased to be with you on your journey towards improved patient care and efficiency.

* “2014 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services,” January 2015. © 2015 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. www.KLASresearch.com.

** The above selected commentary may not represent the whole of provider sentiment related to this product or service. Visit http://KLASresearch.com for a complete view. Collected about IT Outsourcing (Partial), by KLAS in December 2014 © KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. http://www.KLASresearch.com.

First-Timer’s Look at Midwest HIMSS Fall Tech Conference

Mike Meyer and Christen Gregory represented SCI at the Midwest HIMSS event.
Stoltenberg team at the Midwest HIMSS event

The following post highlights our Strategic Accounts Manager’s first regional HIMSS event experience.

Last week I attended my first Midwest HIMSS conference in Chicago, Illinois-  the 2014 Midwest HIMSS Fall Technology Conference.  Being new to the company and to HIMSS conferences, it was a truly eye-opening and educational experience for me. It is neat to see a group of professionals come together from different states, companies and backgrounds all under one roof sharing the latest news and technologies in the healthcare world.  I enjoyed meeting people and networking as well as observing how other companies engaged with people as they came to booths.

Attendees and exhibitors network in the Promenade Ballroom at Midwest HIMSS.

The keynote speakers and breakout sessions were a wealth of knowledge. I was not only able to learn from the speeches but also the Q&A sessions at the end of each of them. Of all the breakout sessions, the session led by Laura McCrary of Kansas Health Information Network was my favorite.  Laura spoke on the future of health information exchange (HIE) and the initiatives the state of Kansas has taken to unite nearly all the hospitals and clinics in the state, so there is a quick, smooth transfer of information and ultimately improved patient care.

Morning sessions and keynote speakers pumped attendees up each day, getting them excited about health IT.
Morning sessions and keynote speakers pumped attendees up each day, getting them excited about health IT.

All in all, I took a lot away from the conference, and I hope to attend more of these conferences in the future and get more plugged into the HIMSS network!

The original House of Blues hosted the conference evening event. 

Making Magical Memories


It’s hard to believe that just one week ago the Stoltenberg team travelled from all over the country to celebrate the company’s success at the 2014 Stoltenberg Consulting Company Retreat at Disney!

Day 1:

Throughout Thursday afternoon and evening, our staff boarded Disney’s Magical Express from the Orlando International Airport to join together at Disney’s Yacht Club for the weekend. That night, attendees gathered at CEO Sheri Stoltenberg’s Disney Boardwalk Garden Suite for an informal reception to welcome one another with laughs and catching up.


Day 2:

Friday started with a full breakfast spread and Mickey’s waffle station in the Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center. Following breakfast, everyone transitioned over to a full morning of education sessions covering topics including vendor relations and SCI methodologies, business intelligence and data analytics, Stoltenberg’s Help Desk Service Line, the Consultant Development Program, recruiting needs, and marketing/ public relations efforts. Sessions included interactive elements and Q&A portions to better educate consultants and prepare them for the health IT industry’s movement for the next year.


Following an Italian spread for lunch, everyone divided into groups for a team building activity. Led by Disney Institute, the Stoltenberg crew competed in the Incredible Race scavenger hunt competition throughout Epcot, challenging teams with time management, strategic thinking, group communication, and decision making. The activity helped participants learn how to better recognize and utilize the strengths of others and prioritize upholding a supportive, trusting work environment.


After the Incredible Race, retreat attendees decked themselves out in festive costumes for the Stoltenberg costume contest and pictures followed by the special evening event- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom.


Day 3:

Day 3 opened with a full buffet breakfast in the Convention Center accompanied by the Stoltenberg Employee Appreciation Awards Ceremony. On top of costume contest awards, the ceremony recognized a total of 22 dedicated employees for their service over 5, 10, and 15 years with Stoltenberg Consulting. Congrats to all our deserving honorees!

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Following the award ceremony, attendees explored their Disney Parks of choice for the day, enjoying the souvenirs, rides, food, and sites, even experiencing Epcot’s 2014 Food & Wine Festival. Then, to close the Stoltenberg Disney experience, retreat-goers were whisked via private motor coaches to arrive at the surprise final event- reserved seating at Epcot’s elaborate Party for the Senses. The event was truly astounding with Cirque du Soleil performances, live music, and countless stations with live celebrity chefs and wine pairings. The event was a feast for all the senses, closing with Epcot’s fireworks show!

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Thanks to all Stoltenberg employees who joined us for the magical experience! We’re so happy to have been able to celebrate your hard work!

To see more pictures from #SCIDisney14, visit the Facebook photo album.

Tips to Conquer Career Fairs

After our team’s recent participation at the Ohio Northern University Fall Career Fair, we felt we’d share some tips for college students and young professionals preparing for the often-overwhelming career fair.

Career fairs are an incredible opportunity to test you interpersonal skills, as you present yourself as a marketable professional. While for many first-timers, career fairs act as practice for the real world, for many others, career fair interactions lead to actual interview and job offers. As a consulting firm, we are always looking for talented new hires, utilizing college career fairs to recruit for our Consultant Development Program. A great majority of our Consultant I’s had their first interactions with our team at collegiate career fairs, so never underestimate the significance of a career fair conversation!


We offer the following tips for career fair attendees:

Dress professionally, yet comfortably
Yes, as business professionals, we want to see you put together and polished. However, it’s distracting when an applicant is so uncomfortable in his or her attire that he or she pulls and tugs at clothing or staggers walking in heels. Make sure you try on your business attire before the career fair or interview to see what needs adjustments.

Never talk badly about others
This is a big one in my book. Yes, applicants can get comfortable in conversation discussing past internships or coursework, but never get so comfortable that you’re putting down others amidst discussion. Negativity can be contagious in the workplace, and no potential employer wants a hire who will bring others down, especially during stressful times. If discussing your strengths requires you talking badly about others, perhaps you need to reevaluate your strong suits.

Avoid resume fluff
Within seconds, a recruiter can differentiate fluff from relevant content on a resume, so why waste time? Space is precious on a resume, so fill it with worthwhile examples of your career-related experience with actionable results. Don’t list obvious expertise, like Microsoft Word. That should be a given for any business professional.

Research the company ahead of time
There’s always a bit of a let down when an applicant stop by a company’s booth, only to answer “not really” when asked if they know anything about the prospective company. Do your homework! Most college career fairs list what positions or majors companies are targeting, so look through that list, narrow down your options, and research them. By knowing nothing about a company, right off the bat, you should that you do not take initiative.

Make eye contact!
Sure, meeting a recruiter for the first time can be nerve-racking, but don’t let your nerves take over your body language. Hold strong, confident posture and maintain eye contact while both you and the recruiter speak. Career fairs cram hundreds of companies into one space for applicants, causing distractions. Don’t let the buzz around you steal your attention. Poor eye contact conveys disinterest and insincerity.

Follow up
At career fairs, employers often see countless job seekers in a short window of time, adding resume on top of resume to a pile. While we file all resumes and take notes on candidates, do yourself a favor and set yourself apart from others with a follow up. Whether it is a LinkedIn message and invite, email, or even better- a handwritten note, show us you’re truly interested. You’d be surprised how far a small act of kindness can take you.

Jacquelyn Smith’s March 2014 article for Business Insider shares some more helpful tips for young job seekers, as well. Check out http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-job-fairs-2014-3.

Good luck!

Highlights from Siemens Innovations ’14


Year after year, Siemens Innovations continues to be a great experience for the Stoltenberg Consulting team! This year’s event proved to be yet another productive and insightful opportunity for Stoltenberg and Siemens, as we further reinforced our partnership – an effective pairing of HIT solutions and expertise – in the journey towards an improved healthcare industry, for both patients and providers.


John Glaser, CEO, Siemens, gave a wonderful presentation during the opening session. With the groundbreaking news of Cerner acquiring the company only having been released a few days prior, the conference allowed Siemens to set the stage for the future and discuss what was to come. We are very excited to continue working with these organizations moving forward.


The party hosted by SCI was also a success! It was a great night of engaging and networking with our team members, partners and industry colleagues – all while having an old-fashioned good time.


It was an extremely memorable night, as many of the Innovations attendees joined us for the event and enjoyed having a little fun in between the busy days at the conference.

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We were incredibly happy with the party and the overall turnout. Thanks to everyone that attended our event and we hope you join us for similar nights in the future!


All in all, it was another successful Siemens Innovations. Hope to see you again next year!