Volume 3, Edition 1: Divurgent’s HIMSS Activities

Healthcare Hot Topics

Coordinating Care Across the Healthcare Continuum
Dr.Jeff Goldstein and Mary Sirois

Consumer-driven demands on healthcare coupled with the economic and political realities are resulting in a new definition of how best to provide healthcare in the United States. We also need to understand that there are multiple consumers to consider and that new delivery models are needed that can address the respective expectations and needs of these groups.

The complexity of the problems facing healthcare systems in meeting these evolving demands is a daunting challenge even for the most sophisticated and well-run organizations. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or similar organizational risk-sharing relationships are rapidly emerging as a preferred approach for garnering the support of patients, providers and payers for optimizing care. For ACOs to be completely effective, the depth of preparation and fully understanding the complexities surrounding the diversity of care that ACOs need to address must be understood and incorporated into the organization’s fabric for it to succeed.>>read more

The Trouble with Setting Your HIMSS Schedule
Shane Danaher, MBA

I blocked off two 2-hour segments this week to go through the HIMSS schedule and see where I’ll want to spend my time in between meetings. And by consequence of that, what trends I noticed are different than those of last year.

Not terribly surprising based on a recent Divurgent blog post on PHRs, patient engagement seems to besomething popping up more than in recent years. I’m interested to see the…>>read more

Divurgent News: We’re Heading to HIMSS 2013

Signature Drive at Booth #5948 to Raise $5,000 for the Children’s Hospital of NOLA

HIMSS ThermometerThis year during HIMSS, Divurgent will be hosting a “Signature Drive” at booth #5948 to help raise $5000 to donate to the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.

To reach our goal, we’ll need to collect 2,000 signatures to fill up the 5ft thermometer we’ll have at our booth (much smaller version appears to the left).

The Children’s Hospital is a 247-bed, not-for-profit medical center offering the most advanced pediatric care for children from birth to 21 years. With over 40 pediatric specialties and more than 400 physicians, it is the only full-service hospital exclusively for children in Louisiana and the Gulf South

Make sure to stop by our booth to help us contribute to this amazing hospital. Also, don’t forget to spread the word to all your HIMSS friends! All we need is your signature to reach our goal!

summHIT is Gaining Industry Recognition! Have You RSVP’d?

summHIT13_std.aiEverybody in the industry is buzzing about what is said to be the next biggest event to hit HIMSS….summHIT!

Appropriately themed “The Biggest Balcony Party”, summHIT will be held on just that…the biggest balcony on Bourbon Street. We’ll be cosponsoring the event with our friends from Expris, starting at 8pm on Sunday, March 3rd, at The Swamp on Bourbon.

If you haven’t yet RSVP’d, do so now. Space is limited and the event is filling up quickly! Click here to RSVP.

Not attending HIMSS, but want to join the party? Stay connected to the Divurgent social sites as we’ll be posting the latest happening in real-time!

Welcome to Divurgent

Erin Gordon
Divurgent welcomes Erin Gordon to Accounting Team! Erin graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration double majoring in Finance and Management. She has 6 years of bookkeeping/accounting experience.

Bob Hajek
Bob Hajek is Vice President of Client Services for the North Central region. In this role, he is responsible for understanding our clients’ strategic vision and developing effective service solutions that align their IT investments with business strategy.

During his 20+ years in healthcare and IT software consulting, Bob has delivered professional services spanning EMR, ERP & SCM software, hardware, networks, and process redesign. Prior to joining Divurgent, Bob held strategic IT positions with Humanscale Healthcare, Stanley Healthcare Solutions, and Infor (Supply Chain Management group). His experience also includes equity positions in an inventory process systems company, and an executive search firm where he was successful helping health systems build strong leadership teams in finance, clinical operations and information management. Bob received his BBA degree from Loyola University of Chicago

Cheryl Neapolitan
Cheryl brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience focused on business development, sales, marketing, and management to her role as Divurgent’s Client Services Vice President, West Coast Region.

She is adept at solution selling and integrating customer need and change within healthcare organizations. She has had success in developing and driving strategic customer relationships, creating new businesses, initiatives, services, and increased revenues for the organizations she has worked for.

Prior to joining Divurgent, she worked for several healthcare companies including Superior Consulting (now ACS/Xerox) where she was responsible for all aspects of the western region sales process, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, as Vice President of Physician Services, and Anthem Health, where she led the network management and provider sales of the 12 state western region. She also worked for a specialty PPO where she developed a senior HMO product and then sold it to two national healthcare insurance companies. While at Premier, Inc., Cheryl worked with various health systems and physicians in identifying ways for them to improve their quality outcomes under the CMS P4P program.

Cheryl is a skilled speaker and has presented at healthcare conferences on various subjects. She received the first Presidential Citation for Marketing Excellence from the American Marketing Association Academy for Health Service Marketing. Cheryl has a M.Ed. and a BA in Business Administration and Health Service Management.

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