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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).

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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.

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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.”

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New Book from Next Wave’s Lynn Vogel Provides an Inside Look into the Complexity of American Health Care

Lynn Vogel, PhD, an Advisor with Next Wave Health Advisors, a Huntzinger company, has authored a new book, titled “Who Knew? Inside the Complexity of American Health Care.” The book becomes available November 29th, and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Kudos to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children – Named One of the Top-Performing Children’s Hospitals

Huntzinger congratulates Dallas-based Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which is a recipient of the 2018 Excellence Award from NRC Health for the fourth consecutive year. The award was announced at the 24th Annual NRC Health Symposium held in San Diego in August.

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Consultant's Corner - Rex Conatser

An Inside Look into the Lives of Huntzinger Consultants


I’m a Senior Management Consultant.

Time at Huntzinger
I started with Huntzinger as a contractor in 2015. I became a Huntzinger employee in October 2016.

Time in Healthcare IT
I’ve been in healthcare for 30-plus years. I have an accounting background, so I started as a controller at a hospital that was part of the State of Arkansas Health and Human Services (HHS). At the time, it took us two to three weeks to close our monthly books using the financial system that they had. I wrote specs for the IT people and programmers to modify the financial system so that we could close the books in a fraction of that time. Once we put it into production, it fixed some issues with the accounting system for Arkansas HHS throughout the state. The person who was the head of Arkansas HHS at the time then placed me into the position to head IT — back in the day when there were green screens, green bar paper and mainframes.

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Huntzinger’s William Reed to Participate in Two Panel Discussions at Healthcare M&A Conference

William Reed, Huntzinger Executive Vice President and Partner, is participating in two panel discussions at the 11th Annual Investment and M&A Opportunities in Healthcare Conference, taking place June 5-6, 2018 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, Tenn.

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