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The Challenge: Improve Patient Outcomes While Lowering Costs and Increasing Revenues
Hospitals, outpatient surgery and infusion centers are under enormous pressure to reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve patient safety and satisfaction. Technology is supposed to help—but after investing millions of dollars in EHR, CPOE, Scheduling, and other IT systems, hospitals find that these systems do not “talk” to each other. The lack of IT interoperability can make workflow more complex and compromise operational performance and the quality of care.
OPTIMI$ERTM Clinical Workflow Technology Makes a Significant Difference
To address this challenge, we developed a clinical workflow software, OPTIMI$ER, that interfaces or “talks” to existing IT systems to streamline clinical processes, eliminate workflow “pain points”, and put clinicians, support staff, equipment, transportation, and patients in the right place at the right time. Specifically, our technology helps orchestrate clinical processes within the Perioperative Services (Pre-Anesthesia Testing, Day of Surgery Pre-op, OR Room Management, and Surgical Office Integration) and Oncology infusion Services.
OPTIMI$ER Is Like a Conductor – Facilitating How Caregivers Work Together with Improved Timeliness and Accuracy
By providing information exchange pathways and orchestrating workflow, OPTIMI$ER eliminates data entry duplication and improves the accuracy and timeliness of information exchange. Additionally, OPTIMI$ER can:
- “Push” and “pull” data to/from existing IT systems
- Send task alerts so critical process steps are not missed
- Provide automated FAX and text alert communication between physicians, nurses, support staff, and patients
- Prioritize what needs to be done & by whom according to customized process “rules”
- Feature status dashboards and task checklists that can be viewed for an individual patient as well as across a population of patients
The OPTIMI$ER Impact on Patient Outcomes, Staff Satisfaction and Financial Performance
Our clients see an average of $1 million incremental revenue from improved patient throughput, save $150K in lower operational costs, and achieve a return on investment in less than 2 months. Importantly, staff satisfaction is up 80%, and patients are cared for in a more timely and coordinated manner. [/imagesections]
Vicki G. Harrison, Chief Executive Officer
Vicki has more than 25 years of healthcare industry experience working with emerging technologies and solutions that enhance operational efficiencies for provider healthcare organizations. Vicki’s understanding of Business Process Management (BPM), Lean and Six Sigma principles has contributed to her vision for Optimium Health as a leading edge workflow technology provider for healthcare organizations. Her solutions for workflow and process improvement focus on the patient experience and increasing both patient and care giver satisfaction.
Vicki is tenured with companies such as GE Medical Systems, Siemens Medical Systems and Johnson and Johnson. She has a Master’s Degree from Radford University and is a member of Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Association of Nurse Executives, and Society for Health Systems.
Mark Stega, MD, Chief Operating Officer
Mark has been a thought leader in the health care industry for more than 25 years, introducing new and innovative ways of using information technology. As founder and chief executive officer of one of the first electronic medical records (EMR) companies, he has worked with healthcare executives in over 1,400 health systems. He successfully grew and then sold QMI to GE Medical Systems where he served as chief technical officer for Marquette Medical Systems, a division of GE Medical.
Mark earned his BS in Computer Science at the University of Maryland and completed his Doctor of Medicine Degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In addition, he is a graduate of the Dartmouth Amos Tuck School of Business Corporate Executive Leadership Program.
Heather L. Guild, Chief Marketing Officer
Having spent 22 years leading corporate brand strategy, communications, and innovation for Fortune 500 consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies, Heather is skilled at guiding new projects and improvements. Her experience includes work for Reckitt Benckiser, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Beiersdorf. Heather has an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management and a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College.
Alan I. Golombek, Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development
Alan has more than 35 years of experience in the hospital sector, including positions where he has worked at the corporate level within many of the largest integrated health care networks and group purchasing organizations in the United States and Canada. He has also worked directly with the Center of Medicare and Medicaid, Institute of Healthcare Improvement, American Hospital Association, and some of the largest hospital groups in the nation, including the Presbyterian Hospital System in New York City, the Trinity /CHE System in Livonia, Michigan, and The Bon Secours System in Baltimore.
The challenge Optimium Health delivers and supports a workflow guidance tool. The tool is composed of multiple servers performing such functions as document production, eFax generation, eMail generation, and on-demand report support. An additional component is the user interface which is used both by end users and system administrators. The user interface and the product …
Healthcare Technology Outlook recently selected OPTIMIUM Health, and specifically its feature product OPTIMI$ER, as one of the 2019 Top 10 technology solution providers for operating room management. Selection criteria included demonstrable patient outcome and staff satisfaction improvement as well as increased day-to-day operational efficiency and financial performance. OPTIMI$ER has a strong track record for delivering …
Healthcare Purchasing News recently interviewed OPTIMIUM Health (OHI) founders Vicki Harrison and Mark Stega, MD to discuss the innovative way in which their company has brought workflow technology into the surgical setting. Specifically, the publication’s article focuses on improved OR scheduling and turnover while highlighting the benefits OPTIMI$ER Perioperative modules for pre-anesthesia testing, day of …