15 | NORTHSTAR ANESTHESIA
WHAT IT DOES: Provides anesthesia care with a focus on improving quality and efficiency and lowering costs. HOW IT GREW:
Years before electronic health records had the healthcare industry buzzing, NorthStar Anesthesia was making it a point to electronically track everything it could. That focus on data allowed the company to become an early adopter of EHR technology.
“From the beginning, we have measured everything we do,” CEO Dr. Phil Eichenholz says in an e-mail to Modern Healthcare. “In the last couple of years, we have developed our own electronic health-records technology.”
That new system, called StarScribe, is a cloud-based software that standardized anesthesia information across all of the organizations served by NorthStar.
Measuring everything, as Eichenholz puts it, has helped the company meet its customers’ expectations, which is critical for NorthStar since it operates on a pay-for-performance system.