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    Think, Act, Adapt with Urgency

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 23, 2017 9:10:14 AM

    “Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.” -Nolan Ryan

    You may not be a Hall of Fame baseball player, but applying Nolan Ryan’s knowledge about the importance of adapting can assist you in becoming an all-star in the health IT industry. Our maxim “Think, Act, Adapt with Urgency” is part of the daily routine for Nordic employees.

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    Topics: maxims

    Recipe for effective strategic healthcare IT consulting

    Posted by Josh Kalscheur on Mar 21, 2017 1:48:21 PM

    Nordic was recently recognized for having the single largest number of positive responses across all consulting firms in KLAS’ Healthcare Consulting: Who can help with current and future needs? This report compares feedback gathered from 176 providers on their opinions of success attributes and common struggles with their third-party partners. In this report, Nordic stands alone with the largest number of success attributes identified by the organizations we partner with. Hear from Josh Kalscheur, Nordic’s Advisory Services practice director, about what Nordic believes is the “secret” to providing effective strategic consulting.

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    Topics: KLAS, Advisory, strategic consulting

    3 tips for Epic interfaces from Senior Consultant Lee Coleman

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 14, 2017 3:42:33 PM

    Your EHR has a major impact across your organization. Integrating systems can understandably cause some apprehension among individuals who are concerned about how they'll be affected. Senior Consultant Lee Coleman has some simple but important advice to help you put the puzzle pieces together for a successful Epic integration.

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    Topics: Epic Interfaces

    [International Women’s Day] Four things everyone can do to #BeBoldForChange

    Posted by Samantha Tiller-Schenck on Mar 8, 2017 7:21:32 AM

    If you have the chance to walk around Nordic’s home office in Madison and stumble upon our marketing team, you’ll notice an “Everyday’s a Holiday” calendar hanging on our wall. Most mornings, the team gathers around the calendar to see what we plan to celebrate. When looking ahead to March, I noticed that “International Women’s Day” (IWD) wasn’t listed. I channeled my inner Sheryl Sandberg, asked why “Proof Reading Day” took precedence, and sought to understand more about IWD.  

    Tackling women’s issues is a big job. So, IWD recommends that we (men and women alike) focus on gender parity within our own spheres of influence. This year’s campaign, #BeBoldForChange, encourages us to find ways to cultivate an inclusive environment, challenge bias, promote gender-balanced leadership, and value the contributions of men and women equally in our day-to-day lives. (Photo below: Just some of our amazing Nordic women.)

    As women in a male-dominated field, there are small and large actions that will create an impact on our company’s cultures, our professional development, and personal growth:

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    Topics: culture

    Population Health: An old-school approach to handling requests of your IT team [podcast]

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 7, 2017 9:24:34 AM

    Have you ever sat down with your grandparents, or other "more seasoned" folk, and talked about the the good old days? If so, chances are they've mentioned how everybody today is "in such a hurry." And it's true. We are in a hurry. We're resource challenged without enough time to achieve the results that our stakeholders desire - if not demand.

    As we all rush to figure out population health and value-based care, IT departments can easily get into the trap of just "working down the list of requests." At least we're getting things done, right? 

    But the question is, "Are we getting the right things done?"

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    Topics: Epic Consulting, population health, Advisory, Agile

    #HIMSS17 fun, takeaways, giving [recap]

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 3, 2017 3:28:01 PM

    The one thing that makes all the hassles of event travel, hotels, crowds, buses, and overpriced convention food worth it is this: relationships. Nothing beats getting face-to-face with the people with whom you partner, work, or serve. That's why events are important and why we strive to make the most of our time while we're all together in the same geography. HIMSS17 was another great chance to do that. And for that, we are, once again, grateful. Read, watch, and experience some of the fun, the takeaways, and the giving that we were lucky to be a part of this year at HIMSS17. 

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    Topics: CHIME, population health, Affiliate Solutions, YearUp, Feed America, HIStalkapalooza, Project Hope, HIMSS17

    Keys to a successful requirements gathering process [#HIMSS17]

    Posted by Nordic on Feb 24, 2017 10:06:53 AM

    One of the most significant areas that can impact the end result of an EHR project is requirements gathering. In this video, Manager of Optimization Solutions Kelsey Bonney discusses requirements collection, which was the topic of a learning session she attended at HIMSS this week.

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    Topics: EHR, communication strategies, HIMSS17

    New frontiers in population health from #HIMSS17

    Posted by Nordic on Feb 23, 2017 12:03:22 PM


    Recent studies suggest a patient's social and physical environments may have the greatest impact on their health outcomes and overall wellness. Equipped with this knowledge, vendors and providers are now challenged with how to gather data regarding these social determinants from patients and then figure out how to incorporate them into their population health programs.

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    Topics: population health, HIMSS17

    #HIMSS17 CIOs discuss extending their EHR [CHIME Focus Group]

    Posted by Nordic on Feb 22, 2017 8:25:37 AM

    Extending your EHR, whether through Epic Community Connect or rolling out to a merged or acquired organization, is more than simply sharing technology. Earlier this week, Nordic Directors of Affiliate Solutions Andrea Schmeichel and Kate Grimm led a CHIME focus group to discuss challenges and best practices for extending your Epic EHR to heathcare partners.

    The CIOs in attendance shared their focus on having strong leadership to set the tone for a successful project. Watch this video to see their other concerns and how Nordic can help.

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    Topics: Affiliate Solutions, NordicLive, mergers and acquisitions, Epic Community Connect, HIMSS17

    What #HIMSS17 CIOs shared about provider efficiency [CHIME Focus Group]

    Posted by Nordic on Feb 21, 2017 8:08:21 AM

    How are your peers tackling the challenge of provider efficiency? That's what Nordic VP of Business Line Development Matt Schaefer set out to understand during the discussion he led at a CHIME focus group earlier this week at HIMSS17. As you might expect, putting technology in place does not mean that providers are automatically more efficient.

    What would your providers do if they had more time? The answers Matt heard might surprise you. 

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    Topics: NordicLive, HIMSS17, provider efficiency

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