At Stoltenberg Consulting, we’re excited to celebrate the growth of our unique health IT education initiative the Consultant Development Program. To date, 13 consultants have graduated from the program designed to provide hospitals with first-time certified consultants to alleviate the HIT staffing shortage plaguing the industry. The program continues to deliver cost-effective results to hospital customers with over 25 percent increase in cost savings on IT projects.
“I started this program with minimal experience, but by the end, I had gained certain insights in health IT I may have otherwise only learned through multiple years in the industry,” a recent program graduate said. “From formal vendor training for multiple certifications, to my time taking calls for a university healthcare system with the Stoltenberg Help Desk Service Line, the program greatly prepared me for working and genuinely helping end-users.”
Consultant Development Program graduates gained considerable experience through direct involvement in implementation and optimization projects in hospitals around the country, allowing them to establish expertise in clinical, ambulatory, document management and financial areas. Overall, the Consultant I’s spent more than 2,000 hours in training for projects, nearly 9,000 hours on projects and over 15,000 hours serving the help desk service line from Stoltenberg, over the two-year program.
Previous graduates of the Consultant Development Program have become fully active team members, and in some cases, team leads on IT projects within hospitals across the country. Mentoring provided by senior consultants have allowed the Consultant I’s to far exceed expectations normally set for young HIT professionals.
The HIMSS14 convention from a first-time perspective is both a humbling and empowering experience. HIMSS 2014 was hosted in Orlando, Florida and closed out with over 38,000 attendees. Even more impressive, the list of exhibitors encompassed 1,233 booths throughout the exhibit hall. Highlights included keynote speakers Hillary Rodham Clinton and Erik Weihenmayer, and for a first time attendee, who is also relatively new to the industry, it was all motivating to be surrounded by power players of HIT throughout the week.
Building the Show Floor
The first day that I arrived, we were tasked with setting up the booth. The exhibit hall is much larger than I ever imagined. It was such an exciting time to see the show floor go from blank concrete to carpeted elaborate booths as far as the eye can see. Vendors utilized every square inch. The imagination of each vendor was truly unique, as there were exhibits ranging from ornate booths with a giant tree, a dance floor, programmed iPads and televisions, and even our very own geodesic dome. The next morning when the convention began, I was truly shocked.
The Show Floor Officially Opens
The sheer volume of people attending the conference is astounding. It was very interesting to engage with professionals from all across the nation, spanning all scopes of HIT. As a Stoltenberg junior consultant, I openly spoke with individuals about the Junior Consultant Program and Help Desk Service Line as staffing solutions.
This year, we used our signature Stoltenberg geodesic dome. Our very own CEO Sheri Stoltenberg shared that the driving force behind it was that it was a differentiator, and it very much so was. Not only was it a very different exhibit than most on the floor, but it was also the strongest free standing structure. I very much admired when Sheri stated that this represents our strength in the industry and our motivation to be different than our competitors. As you can imagine, during exhibitor hours, several conversations started just from the excitement of the dome.
What If For Health IT
For the HIMSS14 conference, our theme was What If…? Exploring the Future of Health IT One Question at a Time. We encouraged attendees and members of the industry to tweet, write down, or just ask any question that they felt would make an impact on the future of the healthcare IT industry. It was very interesting to hear what participants had to share. My personal favorite What If? came from a CHIME member asking, “What if we could engage younger generations to get involved in #HIT?” As a young professional, I would like to see more people my age pursuing careers in HIT, as well as being advocates for improved patient care. This campaign really drove home the fact that this industry is so very dynamic and ever-changing. It gets me excited to think about the possibilities and what the future may hold for both HIT and Stoltenberg.
A New Personal Outlook on Health IT
HIMSS14 paved the way for new outlook on the industry for me. I am no longer focused only on what I personally am doing or what my company is doing, but where is the industry is headed in years to come. The big questions that kept occupying my thoughts as I walked through the exhibition hall were, “What does this all mean for patient care?” and “What will my job look like in 5, 10, or 15 years from now?” It is inspiring to let your mind wander in the capabilities of HIT, as there are no real limits to what we are capable of achieving. Simply being in the room with some of the most influential people of the industry was truly a privilege. My first HIMSS convention will forever leave a lasting impression.
Thank you for your time!
-Kaitlyn Graber, Junior Healthcare Systems Consultant at Stoltenberg Consulting
We are extremely proud to announce that Stoltenberg Consulting has been named Category Leader in Staff Augmentation two years in a row for the Best in KLAS Software and Services Report. Stoltenberg was also ranked among the top ten firms in the Clinical Implementation Supportive category for the company’s expertise in Cerner, Epic and Siemens services.
As Stoltenberg prepares for our HIMSS14 Conference appearance, we’d like to share with you our promotional campaign. Yesterday, we announced a new campaign designed to promote the company’s capabilities in HIT consulting. The What If For Health IT? campaign poses a series of questions that address ideal scenarios to solving IT problems that ultimately lead to increased productivity and financial performance, and improved care.
Stoltenberg Consulting created the What If? campaign with the hopes of engaging the industry to dare to ask how we can achieve HIT’s future.
Join us to ask What If by tweeting questions to #WhatIf4HIT.
Examples of questions are:
What if small changes had multi-million dollar savings?
What if you knew the departments causing A/R delays?
What if clinicians had information for decisions before needing it?
What if patient wait times could be tracked across the enterprise?
What if you knew the most cost effective way to deliver service?
Whatever your question, tweet with hashtag #WhatIf4HIT to help Stoltenberg or share the campaign release announcement on social media via LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
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.
Thanks for your time,
Paula Ehmer, Stoltenberg Consulting Inc. Director, Strategic Accounts
First of all, let me start by welcoming you to the Stoltenblog. Thank you for taking the time to explore our new venture in social media. As our first of many blog posts to come, I would like to take this opportunity to explain the vision behind both Stoltenberg Consulting and the Stoltenblog.
In 1995, I started Stoltenberg Consulting with over 30 years of experience in the HIT field, striving to uphold the motto to simplify healthcare technology. Since then, Stoltenberg has grown to be a leading healthcare IT consulting firm and Inc. 5000 company, serving over 200 healthcare organizations. With our expert team of IT consultants and years of strategic market insight, we strive to provide clients with new approaches to professional services. While we are truly dedicated to our clients and their individual needs, we also are focused on impacting the HIT industry as a whole. In our recent endeavors like our Junior Consulting Program or ACHIEVE Community Best Practice Model, we’ve demonstrated innovation and willingness to take risks toward building a better future for HIT.
Continuing with our passion to solve tomorrow’s health issues, we’ve started the HIT Stoltenblog. Through the Stoltenblog, we will share the first-hand expertise and opinions of our dedicated Stoltenberg leadership team. Through our weekly blog posts we aim to express our industry thought leadership, and provide mentorship to young HIT professionals, but also shed light onto the driven individuals that are part of the Stoltenberg team.
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