Diagnostic imaging equipment is expensive, but the benefits it offers are significant, especially as healthcare providers place a greater focus on patient outcomes and satisfaction. “Diagnostic imaging technology is essential to the proper diagnosis and treatment of disease in a patient,” says Larry Siebs, president and CEO of Shared Imaging, a provider of diagnostic imaging equipment and services. The results of diagnostic imaging, after all, can lead to earlier diagnoses and shorter hospital stays, and fewer invasive surgeries, Siebs says.

But as the healthcare landscape shifts and reimbursement models change, many healthcare providers would rather avoid the risk and uncertainty associated with purchasing expensive imaging equipment, Siebs says. Streamwood, Ill.-based Shared Imaging can provide that equipment on a short- or long-term basis via a functional-service model.

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With a long history of pioneering healthcare innovations, the Maquet name has equaled quality healthcare since its founding in 1838. Today, the Maquet brand is part of the Getinge Group family, another name with a long history in the healthcare sphere. Founded in 1904, the Getinge Group is a leading global provider of products and systems that contribute to quality enhancement and cost efficiency within healthcare and life sciences. Altogether, it has more than 16,000 employees in more than 40 countries.

“Getinge has grown largely through acquisition,” says Jim Gabalski, regional vice president of marketing for the surgical workflows division. “Our vision is to bring life-saving technology to patients through acute care and post-acute care vehicles while also eliminating and mitigating the risk of infection.”

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Intermedix is a technology and services solutions provider that has supported and connected healthcare providers, public health agencies and emergency management personnel for more than 35 years. Intermedix serves more than 15,000 healthcare providers with practice management, revenue cycle management and technology solutions. 

CEO Joel Portice has worked in data analytics and the software space – particularly the healthcare and insurance-related software world – for a couple of decades. Portice was recruited to Intermedix in February 2015 and describes it as “the coolest company I’d never heard of. It’s been an absolutely wonderful move because we’re doing amazing things.”

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Ellis Medicine operates with the intent of adding value to its community by offering high-quality care by talented physicians and nurses at a reasonable cost. With 125 years of history behind it, Ellis Medicine continuously evolves as science and technology change, bringing innovation to the forefront of everything it does. The health system consists of three main campuses and five additional service locations to serve the Schenectady, N.Y., community. 

“We strive to engage our employees because engaged employees end up being engaged with the community,” Acting CEO and President Paul Milton says. “We really try to focus on that and being innovative and trying new things to drive towards success. We don’t want to be a laggard in anything; we want to be an innovator. And once we get comfortable, we want to expand on that.”

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Hospitals looking to improve their emergency department volume, patient satisfaction and community perception, typically – and understandably – attempt multiple solutions. And while a myriad of trial and error can eventually lead to success, ECI Healthcare Partners’ experience reveals that hospitals can quickly and significantly improve all three if they focus first on one factor: efficiency.

Traverse City, Mich.-based ECI Healthcare Partners has been helping transform EDs from struggling to strong since 1972. Founded by two of the first emergency medicine physicians in the country, Dr. James M. Johnson and Dr. Robert M. Williams, ECI Healthcare Partners today provides staffing, management and revenue cycle management services to 145 emergency departments, hospitalist programs and urgent care centers in 28 states.  

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Physicians have a reputation for resisting technology, preferring clipboards and paper charts to electronic medical records. But Dr. James Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA), says it’s an unfair characterization. After all, when the first iPhone launched, physicians recognized the potential for accessing medical data and made up one of the largest groups of early adopters. 

The problem is when that newfangled technology lacks an understanding of how healthcare actually functions. Too often, devices and software meant to make the physician’s office more efficient turn out to be cumbersome and time consuming. Electronic medical records are supposed to make it easier to review a patient’s complete medical history, but a 2013 study from the American Journal of Emergency Medicine showed that the average emergency department physician spends 44 percent of a 10-hour shift entering data – about 4,000 clicks a day. It can take 16 clicks just to navigate all the drop down menus to order aspirin. Those time-consuming systems are good for billing and risk mitigation, Madara says, but often take doctors’ focus away from providing care.

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For Xanitos CEO and Founder Graeme Crothall, the old adage of being “a jack of all trades and a master of none” holds true to when it comes to offering contracted services within a hospital setting. Instead of potentially diluting its quality by also providing foodservice or other primary services to its clients, the company focuses its efforts entirely on one thing: making sure hospitals remain as clean as possible.

“Our biggest challenge is convincing hospitals that housekeeping is a specialty and not something anyone can do,” he says. “We don’t believe in bundling housekeeping together with unlike services such as foodservice.”

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Creating a place that offers women peace of mind when it comes to their annual breast screening has been the mission of Solis Mammography for nearly 30 years. 

“Utilizing groundbreaking right brain research, we spent considerable time and effort to truly understand what women go through emotionally – before, during and after getting their mammogram,” President and CEO James Polfreman says. “We learned there is significant anxiety and, in some cases, real fear up until a woman receives her results.” Dr. Timothy Freer, who is still with the company, founded Women’s Diagnostic Center in Plano, Texas to address the unique needs of women in the area of breast screening and diagnostics. In 2005, the company rebranded to become Solis Mammography and today, operates 31 centers serving five major markets across the United States. 

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