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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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