Galen Healthcare Solutions


February 2017


Solving for Today.
Preparing for Tomorrow.

We are in the depths of winter here in Chicago with clouds, snow & cold. But things will warm up quickly. In a couple of short weeks, we will migrate south with about 40,000 like-minded individuals to attend the big healthcare IT confab in Orlando – HIMSS17. We invite you to stop by and say hello. We’ll be at Booth #4448.

In preparation for the event, our staff collaborated and crafted a HIMSS17 guide, offering tips to navigate the conference and providing a look at key sessions. Speaking of HIMSS sessions, one of our Lead Consultants, Max Stroud, HIMSS17 Social Media Ambassador, will be presenting with her sister in what will be a moving and compelling presentation: Don’t you know me? Interoperability: A Patient Narrative. Below is a brief abstract:

Two Sisters: One thriving with cancer, the other, a HealthIT consultant & social worker, join forces to document and explore a patient's relationship to her health data. They will explore a narrative that reaches across care in at least three states and a multitude of settings, from stage 4 to no evidence of disease.

Outside of readying for HIMSS, we’ve been working feverishly on development and aggregation of complimentary resources for our clients. In this Newsletter, we present our top 10 favorite health IT resources. These invaluable resources allow us to keep a pulse on the market, determine what content will be meaningful to create and present to our clients, and which services and solutions we should evaluate and potentially synthesize in anticipation of meeting our clients' needs.

On the webinar front, today at 1PM EST, several of our consultants will share best practices, insights, and lessons learned from the field, as they’ve managed and supported the mission-critical clinical applications that our clients rely on. Join us for the complimentary webinar: Application Management & Support Best Practices: Reducing Costs and Gaining Operational Efficiencies and Flexibility.

We are also thrilled to announce HealthSystemCIO has launched registration for a complimentary webinar we are sponsoring on 3/8 at 12PM EST: Exploring & Evaluating Healthcare Data Archival Methodologies & Strategies. Our Vice President of Product Development, Robert Downey, will be elaborating on a whitepaper he recently authored, explaining the various approaches to clinical data archival. Join us to gain a better understanding of marketplace options and an appreciation of the legal and compliance implications.

Our Newsletter also reports on:

  • Recognition of our employees continued growth and dedication to Galen and to our clients with recent promotion and certification announcements;
  • Continuation of the CHIME Interview series featuring Jeff Weil, CIO, District Medical Group, Daniel Morreale, CIO, Hunterdon Healthcare System, and Susan Carman, CIO, United Health Services;
  • Continuation of our data migration blog series, where we consider pediatric needs in data migrations.

I hope that you find this information helpful, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

Steve Brewer, Chief Executive Officer


Upcoming Events

[Healthcare Informatics Sponsored] Expert Panel: Seamless EHR Transition Through Data Migration

FEB 7:
Application Management & Support Best Practices: Reducing Costs and Gaining Operational Efficiencies and Flexibility

FEB 14:
Business Continuity Planning: Documentation During EMR Downtimes

FEB 19-23:
HIMSS 2017: Visit Booth 4448 for a chance to win an Apple Watch

MAR 1:
Data Migrations powered by GalenETL

MAR 8:
[HealthSystemCIO Sponsored] Healthcare Data Archival Strategy

MAR 15:
What to Expect When Migrating: A Walk Through a Clinical Data Migration


This Issue

Our Top 10 Favorite Health IT Resources

Many of us pride ourselves on being content creators, producing industry-leading resources. But how do we determine what will be meaningful to our audience? This requires research, looking at other health IT resources for ideas and information. Where is a good place to begin? Our Top 10 Favorite Health IT Resources.

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HIMSS17 Advice from a Social Media Ambassador

Attending the annual HIMSS conference can be incredibly rewarding – and also overwhelming. Attendance at the conference in recent years has topped 40,000 people, and the number of sessions, meetings, vendors, meetups and events is staggering. To get the most out of your HIMSS17 experience it is critically important to be well prepared.

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Prepare for HIMSS 2017

Introducing Galen’s Guide to HIMSS 2017 with tips for filtering out the important signals through the noise—looking at key sessions, navigating the conference, and making the most of your time in Orlando. Who better to provide advice than our consultants, who are tuned into the hot topics in health IT and the hot spots in Orlando.

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CHIME Fall Forum Interview Series

Our CHIME Fall Forum Interview Series on HealthIT&mHealth continues: Jeff Weil, CIO of District Medical Group, demonstrates his impressive work ethic; CIO Daniel Morreale, of Hunterdon Healthcare System, has his sights set on some major consolidation initiatives; and Susan Carman, CIO, United Health Services, talks overhauling their health IT strategic plan.

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Children Are Not Just Little Adults: Pediatric Needs in Data Migrations

As healthcare organizations migrate data from one EHR, the first piece of advice we often give is to standardize scope and migration strategy so each is consistent across the organization. Due to the need for tracking adolescent growth and health over time, pediatricians usually require more data to be migrated. Here are the three most important data elements to consider.

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Galen in the Spotlight 2017

As we start the new year we’d like to take a moment to recognize the employees that continue to grow and excel at Galen. We are not only proud to recognize our employees with their newest certifications, but also recognize those recently promoted. We look forward to the continued growth and dedication, to Galen and to our Clients, which these employees pursue on a daily basis. Congratulations to those in the Spotlight 2017!

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