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    Recap of expanded Community Giveback Week

    Posted by Nordic on May 24, 2017 9:53:34 AM

    "To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success," Henry Ford once said.

    We strive to embody that idea every day by helping our client partners improve their organizations and their patients' experiences. We also strive to give back to the communities that have contributed to our success. That sentiment could be found at the heart of Nordic's fifth annual Community Giveback Week, which took place last week. Highlighting the week were events across our hometown of Madison and six more regional sites across the country, three more than 2016.

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    Topics: culture, #NordicGivesBack, Community Giveback Week

    Nordic kicks off 2017 Community Giveback Week

    Posted by Nordic on May 16, 2017 11:41:01 AM

    With the amount of good fortune we’ve experienced at Nordic over the past seven years, we recognize the importance of giving back and investing in the future of the communities in which we live and work. With that in mind, Winnie Karanja, founder and executive director of Maydm, was a great choice to address the home office in Madison and kick off Nordic’s fifth annual Community Giveback Week.

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    Topics: culture, corporate social responsibility, #NordicGivesBack, Community Giveback Week

    Piedmont success story: A framework for quick-win, value-based care initiatives [3-min. video]

    Posted by Nordic on May 15, 2017 10:53:16 AM

    While the state drink of Wisconsin is officially milk, many adults would argue that it's actually the brandy old fashioned (warning: slight rabbit hole with the history in that link). Now, if we offered you a nice Wisconsin brandy old fashioned (after 5 p.m., of course) and asked you to divide it back into the five ingredients that make the drink, you’d probably look at us like we were crazy. But that’s what meeting quality measures is like when all your information is stored in an unstructured blob.

    The challenge? You need discrete data. (Think ingredients.) The next challenge? Making it natural for providers to record that data within the context of their normal workflows (i.e., while they’re mixing the drink). Working with Piedmont Healthcare, Nordic proved how an agile approach to meeting two particular quality measures not only worked for their short-term physician quality reporting system (PQRS) and electronic clinical quality measures (eCGM) needs, but could also be applied to almost any quality measure they choose to tackle next.

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    Topics: population health, Epic optimization, EHR optimization, value-based care, quality measures

    Committing to our communities, a Nordic consultant's viewpoint

    Posted by Manoj Budidha on May 10, 2017 10:54:45 AM

    As Nordic consultants, we share a common drive to help our customers deliver improved patient care through adoption of new technologies and processes. Beyond our work with customers, we also share a commitment to improving the communities where we work, live, and play. True to Nordics maxim, Be You,each of us may uniquely define how we impact our communities based on our own individual experiences, passions, and beliefs.

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    Topics: culture, #NordicGivesBack, Community Giveback Week

    How remote support can free you for more important go-live and upgrade tasks

    Posted by Nordic on Apr 25, 2017 9:23:29 AM

    You never see a race car driver pull over and change his or her own tires or fill up the gas tank. They have pit crews that are trained to support them. The crew monitors issues and fixes them with expert efficiency. The driver has enough things to worry about and an eye on the finish line.

    The same can be said of your team during a go-live or upgrade. There are constant increased support needs, but you want your team driving the car with the on-the-ground work, not changing tires.

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    Topics: go-live, upgrades, managed services, Epic upgrades

    [EHR security assessments] Your path to optimization

    Posted by June Stacey on Apr 7, 2017 12:52:05 PM

    When you started working in your current office, you probably didn’t need a key to every door in the building to do your job. You also probably didn’t need to go to the hardware store and create a custom key for every single door that you do need to enter. But for some healthcare organizations, their EHR security is similarly inefficient. With the help of Epic’s templates and a strong governance structure, you can remove a lot of the security hurdles that slow down your team. A security assessment is your first step.

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    Topics: Epic optimization, Epic security optimization, assessments

    Nordic is hitting the road

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 28, 2017 9:53:56 AM

    While Nordic calls Madison home, our team members are spread across the United States. In an effort to stay connected with you, the best and brightest in the industry, we’re packing our suitcases and hitting the road. Nordic’s meet-ups are a great time to network with other industry professionals, learn more about Nordic, and talk all things healthcare.

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    Topics: events, Candidates, #NordicRoadTrip

    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

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