Modern Healthcare - - HEALTHCARE’S HOTTEST -

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.

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