The Huntzinger Blog


Seeking Solutions: The Opioid Crisis

The CHIME Opioid Task Force is Identifying and Promoting Best Practices

By William Spooner, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO
Founding Advisor
Next Wave Health Advisors, a Huntzinger Company

While substance abuse has been a societal problem for generations, only in the last few decades has the problem become a crisis, largely precipitated through actions of the healthcare industry itself. A 1980 New England Journal of Medicine paper asserting that opiates are not inherently addictive led to aggressive industry efforts expanding their use in the treatment of pain. Patient pain scales were instituted, pain became viewed as the “fifth right,” and patient satisfaction surveys collected feedback on the provider’s treatment of pain.

Topics: Advisors' Advice

Tackling Challenges with Clinical Communications

Care Team Collaboration — Unified Communication

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  • Mobility
  • Smartphones in clinical areas
  • Clinical integration
  • Physician on-call scheduling

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Topics: Infographics

Consultant's Corner - Michael Sizemore

An Inside Look into the Lives of Huntzinger Consultants

I’m Huntzinger’s Senior Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) Specialist. My role is to coordinate our company’s efforts relative to ERP advisory, audit, assessment, and implementation services.

Time in IT
I have more than 20 years of IT experience, 12 of which have been in senior management roles. While I have broad experience in IT, for the past seven years I have focused almost exclusively on ERP system assessments, selections, and implementations, with emphasis on financials, human capital management, supply chain management and business intelligence functionality.

Topics: Consultant's Corner

Huntzinger Applauds Beebe Healthcare’s Recognition of its Teams for Quality and Safety

“Huntzinger applauds Beebe Healthcare for its relentless pursuit of healthcare quality and safety.” offered Huntzinger executive vice president and partner, William C. Reed.

“We are honored to partner with Beebe by providing supportive resources, such as Rhonda Beaudet, RN, who participated on the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Team, Reed added. "Congratulations to Rhonda, the entire Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Team, and Beebe Healthcare!”

Topics: Announcements

Consultant’s Corner – Rob Tashiro

An Inside Look into the Lives of Huntzinger Consultants


I’m a Client Executive. I stay involved with our clients on a day-to-day basis to help take care of their needs. The frequent interaction with clients keeps me sharp and I like bringing fresh ideas to them.

Time at Huntzinger
A little over eight years.

Topics: Consultant's Corner

Huntzinger Congratulates the Most Wired Recipients

As they continue their paths toward excellence, Huntzinger congratulates the organizations recognized in the 2018 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Survey results, which is managed by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Topics: Announcements

CHIME Honors Next Wave’s William Spooner with Legacy Award

Spooner is only the fifth CHIME member to receive a Legacy Award.

Next Wave’s William Spooner was honored with the Legacy Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The award recognizes Spooner’s many contributions to CHIME and the healthcare industry. Spooner received the award Oct. 31st during the 2018 CHIME Fall CIO Forum in San Diego.

Topics: Announcements

What Works - Patient Census Dashboard Drives Workflowand Documentation Improvements

UPMC Pinnacle Hanover and Hanover Medical Group

Background, Opportunities & Challenges
Founded in 1926, UPMC Pinnacle Hanover and Hanover Medical Group — along with the Hanover Apothecary and Hanover SurgiCenter — provide an extensive array of services throughout York and Adams Counties in Hanover, Littlestown, New Oxford, Gettysburg, Spring Grove, and McSherrystown. The not-for-profit UPMC Pinnacle Hanover has 93 licensed beds and offers a full range of care and treatment options. On September 1, 2017, Hanover Hospital and its network of outpatient services and physician offices (Hanover HealthCare PLUS) became a member of the UPMC Pinnacle family.

Topics: What Works Series

CIO Chat – Paula Anthony, Ph.D., Advisor at Next Wave Health Advisors

This is a guest post provided by Paula Anthony, Ph.D., Advisor at Next Wave Health Advisors, a Huntzinger company.

Paula Anthony, Ph.D.
Next Wave Health Advisors

Time in Healthcare
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than 30 years. In 1983, I started my career working for Amherst Associates in Tampa. Amherst was an early entrant into the decision support tech space and eventually was acquired by HBO & Company. I joined Ernst & Young’s Dallas-based healthcare technology practice in 1985, working in numerous markets for the next 10 years, and lastly, as the Senior Manager responsible for EY’s southwest practice. Jumping at the opportunity to be the first Vice President/CIO of ETMC Regional Healthcare System (now UT Health East Texas), I remained in that role until 2018 when I transitioned into an overall strategy and business development role. During my 23 years at ETMC, the health system grew from five to 15 hospitals with scores of clinics and other outpatient services covering almost 40,000 square miles of rural East Texas.

Topics: CIO Chat

Huntzinger and Next Wave Health Advisors Celebrate National Health IT Week

Huntzinger and Next Wave Health Advisors join our clients, and health IT professionals throughout the healthcare industry, in celebrating National Health IT Week. “In the more than a decade since National IT Health Week was founded, the importance of health IT to organizations has steadily increased” says William C. Reed, FCHIME, LFHIMSS, Huntzinger EVP and Partner. “IT ecosystems function at the very core of healthcare organizations, providing the technology platforms health professionals depend upon to deliver their excellent care. We salute health IT professionals during this week that recognizes them, along with organizations such as HIMSS and CHIME, who aid in their professional development.”

Topics: Announcements