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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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Beebe Healthcare, a Huntzinger Client, Wins Clinical Solution Award

Huntzinger congratulates Beebe Healthcare for winning the AAMI Foundation & Institute for Technology in Health Care’s Clinical Solution Award. The AAMI is the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

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Congratulations to Adena Health System – Winner of the 2018 Gallup Great Workplace Award.

Huntzinger is pleased to announce that its client, Adena Health System, has won the 2018 Gallup Great Workplace award. Only 39 companies worldwide received the award in 2018.

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Tech Blog: Public Cloud Strategies

Welcome to the Huntzinger Tech Blog. Our goal is to provide some insights and perspectives on various technical topics that CTOs, IT directors, and other healthcare IT professionals deal with from a technical infrastructure perspective.

By John Hendricks
Senior Management Consultant
Huntzinger Management Group

It’s been said that health systems won’t be in the data center business in five years. Interesting though, I’ve be hearing this for about five years now. Regardless, cloud computing certainly has a place in healthcare now and in the future. This blog post focuses on the public cloud computing market, namely comparing Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

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CIO Chat - Russell Branzell, CHIME

This is a guest post provided by Russell Branzell, CEO and President of CHIME. Huntzinger periodically invites its clients and partners to contribute to The Huntzinger Blog.


By Russell Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO
CEO and President
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

How long have you been in your position at CHIME?
About five years.

What do you see as the key challenges facing healthcare?
Certainly cybersecurity comes to mind. I don’t think we’ve ever faced such a challenge in healthcare that has the potential to cause so much destruction. Despite our knowledge of the threat — as we’ve seen breaches in other commercial sectors — healthcare has become a bigger target for hackers as they’ve learned the value of the information within medical records. As an industry, we weren’t prepared for this. As soon as an organization implements a new system, it’s already at risk, as someone is looking to hack it. A bad guy only has to find one loophole in the entire ecosystem, while we have to protect against all of the loopholes.

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Embracing Technology 2.0 – Preparing for the Future that is Now

Highlights from Huntzinger's CHIME Focus Group, March 6, 2018

By Nancy Ripari
Executive Vice President and Partner
Huntzinger Management Group

Spawned by federal regulations and funding, for the past several years, healthcare organizations have largely focused their IT efforts, and funding, on EMRs and Meaningful Use. More recently, attention and funding, has shifted to an emphasis on cybersecurity. While these issues are important, focus on them has been somewhat at the expense of the organizations' technical infrastructures. The vision for the future of the technical infrastructure was the topic of a focus group of nine CIOs, CTOs and healthcare IT leaders recently conducted at the CHIME 2018 Spring Forum.

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