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Principal
Health Care Information Consultants LLC
HCIC, LLC
510 S. Ann Street, # 403
PO Box 38434
Baltimore, MD 21231
Voice: 703-352-6545
Email: joakes@hcicllc.com
Website: http://www.hcicllc.com

Position Description / Responsibilities:

Mr. Oakes’ career spans 30 years in healthcare information systems and management engineering, with extensive experience as an operating manager, as a vendor executive, and as a consultant. He specializes in helping healthcare providers plan and optimize their use of information resources, systems, and technology to improve clinical, operational, and financial outcomes. He has worked with return on investment methodologies and analysis for over 25 years, and pioneered the use of healthcare-specific economic analysis of healthcare information technology, including financial, clinical, and decision support. He has recently employed this experience in the development and deployment of a value-based planning methodology for healthcare, which has been adopted in a variety of institutions, including a 600 bed regional medical center, a nationally known pediatric referral center, and other clients. He has recently served as interim Chief Information Officer in three healthcare institutions in financial or operational turnarounds, ranging in size from a 200 bed community hospital to a 5 hospital urban health system, and has provided CIO level leadership assistance and development in more than a dozen other healthcare institutions. In a prior project, he assisted in the development of a business case and pilot methodology for a community-wide health information exchange initiative. He is currently working on planning and implementation options for a statewide health information exchange. Mr. Oakes holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and a Master of Industrial Management, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He co-authored the recently released book, Return on Investment for Healthcare: Maximizing the Value of Healthcare Information Technology, which was selected as the HIMSS 2003 book of the year, and which advocates the development of a disciplined business case for technology investments. He has appeared on several editions of the Hospital Satellite Network, and has spoken at numerous local, regional, and national professional conferences, including CPRI, HFMA and HIMSS on such issues as effective governance, value realization, and strategy alignment.

Company / Organization Profile

Overview:

Health Care Information Consultants, LLC (HCIC), was founded in 1990 to provide information management consulting services. We are celebrating our 15th year of service to the healthcare industry in 2005. During this time, HCIC has assisted virtually hundreds of healthcare clients in a variety of technology and related issues. We focus on projects relating to the use of information technology within the healthcare environment, including strategy development, organizational assessment, systems planning, and technology integration into the process of delivering high quality care. We combine our extensive years of experience and industry leadership with a focus on your unique business issues, respect for your mission, and an overriding commitment to your success. All engagements include participation by our principals and senior-level consultants. Our expertise is in understanding the dynamics of complex health care organizations, developing strategies for achieving organizational objectives and managing the implementation of those strategies. HCIC consultants have:

Ø Experience and credibility to interact with all levels of the organization – executive, management, users, and technical staff
Ø Expertise in health policy issues, politics, economics, and organizational skills as well as technical expertise in order to navigate through issues that will arise in complex project
Ø Knowledge and experience with a broad array of healthcare information vendors and technologies
Ø In-depth experience with a variety of integration technologies to help organization achieve the interoperability needed for a longitudinal electronic health record and financial management
Ø Led multiple organizations and collaborations through consensus building efforts to plan effective IT strategies and implement results that meet the organization’s business and clinical goals
Ø Experience and credibility to interact with all levels of the organization – executive, management, users, and technical staff
Ø Expertise in health policy issues, politics, economics, and organizational skills as well as technical expertise in order to navigate through issues that will arise in complex project
Ø Knowledge and experience with a broad array of healthcare information vendors and technologies
Ø In-depth experience with a variety of integration technologies to help organization achieve the interoperability needed for a longitudinal electronic health record and financial management
Ø Led multiple organizations and collaborations through consensus building efforts to plan effective IT strategies and implement results that meet the organization’s business and clinical goals

Our virtual framework enables us to operate together as a team and provide the right resources for the efficient delivery of services. Our clients value our ability to quickly integrate into their management team, providing seasoned expertise and efficient service delivery.

Location(s) / Subsidiaries:

Fairfax, VA

Products / Services:

IT consulting, HIPAA, Medical Errors, Market Strategy, ROI Analysis