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For the 6th year in a row, Doctors Administrative Solutions has been recognized on the Tampa Bay Business Journal Fast 50 list, honoring the fastest growing privately held companies in the Tampa Bay area. DAS is the only company to find itself on the list for 6 consecutive years. Congratulations to the DAS team, partners and clients who all contribute to our successes!
Doctors Administrative Solutions (DAS) is proud to announce that it was named a two-time winner at this year’s Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s (TBTF) Industry Achievement Awards. DAS was honored as Technology Company of the Year and its Director of Strategic Initiatives, Mallory Tai Taylor, as Young Professional of the Year. The awards honor individual and organizational leaders in the region’s technology industry.
“We are humbled to have been recognized in not one, but two, very meaningful categories,” said CEO David Schlaifer. “The drive, intellect and steadfast commitment to helping independent physicians thrive that is demonstrated by each and every member of our team is truly the driver of DAS’s continued success – and Mallory Taylor epitomizes each of those qualities. She’s the type of individual that every organization hopes to have as part of their leadership team.”
Accepting the Technology Company of the Year award, Schlaifer advised attendees of the gala to “hug a doctor” at their next appointment, noting physician’s struggles to succeed in an increasingly difficult healthcare landscape, and his appreciation for their continued work and loyalty to their patients.
For her part, Mallory Tai Taylor was also recently recognized in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Class of 2014 Up & Comers, in the Under 30 Category.
Winners were announced at the TBTF Industry Achievement Awards Gala on November 21, 2014, at the Tampa Grand Hyatt, attended by over 500 regional technology professionals.
Congratulations to Director of Strategic Initiatives Mallory Tai Taylor, who was recognized at the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Up & Comers awards gala on Monday, November 17th, in the Under 30 category! The awards recognize emerging business professionals in the Tampa Bay region.
5 Questions with Chris Patterson, IT Administrator, Florida Heart & Vascular Associates
Chris Patterson is IT administrator at Florida Heart & Vascular Associates, a medical group with two locations in the Tampa Bay area that offers a full range of heart and vascular services. The group, which typically sees 100 patients, employs five physicians, one physician’s assistant, two nurse practitioners and 20 ancillary staff including Patterson, who oversees management of the group’s IT infrastructure and future technology needs.
What healthcare IT is used at Florida Heart?
It has been a long and difficult process to find the right EHR for our practice. We initially tried GE Centricity and Allscripts before finally finding a winning product in Aprima PRM. We found an invaluable partner in Doctors Administrative Solutions, Aprima’s value-added reseller for this area of Florida. They guided us through the implementation process with classes and on-site assistance, making sure we were comfortable at each stage. They didn’t rush us through the implementation process and provided us with the necessary goals to accomplish our Meaningful Use requirements.
Where is the practice with Meaningful Use?
This year we will attest for one quarter of Stage 2. DAS helped us implement Aprima in 2012, and we have been very satisfied with the overall product and reporting. But software will only get you so far, and no matter how easy the charting is, the time and effort of researching MU requirements and the attestation process itself is a rather daunting task for any physician’s office. DAS provides us with a dedicated account representative who knows how our practice works, and walked us through our previous two years of attestation. They offer classes on the new features that need to be implemented with the new regulations, and one on-one-counseling to make sure that we stay on track with all the measures. We are happy to tell you that we have both met and exceeded the requirements set forth by CMS, and are well on our way to a successful attestation for 2014.
What sort of healthcare IT implementation challenges have you encountered in the last year?
As with most medical practices, our main focus right now is the transition to an EHR. Keeping up with the latest regulations from CMS, and HIPPA, have become a large burden on all of our management and physicians. Due to these added responsibilities, we have focused on ways to make our office more efficient and remove some of the burdens from these individuals. We found that payroll was one area of our business where we could really cut into the time spent. We have long been partners with Lathem for our time and attendance software, and we asked what they could do to make us more efficient. They helped us see that our biggest slowdown in the payroll process was the back and forth between employees and managers about overtime, paid time off, and the amount of hours they worked. We wanted to find a way to allow our employees to take more ownership of their time and attendance, without allowing them to make changes themselves. We also wanted to remove the possibility of “buddy punching” by our employees. They had two solutions for us. They moved our existing payroll to the cloud through their new Payclock online software, and they helped us to implement a facial-recognition time clock.
Is the group working on any other healthcare IT implementations? If so, what timelines have been established?
As we look at the timetables for MU requirements and see the necessary changes that we need to make, it gets difficult to establish timelines and adoption periods for technology outside of the “Meaningful Use” scope. For now, we are focusing on virtualizing our existing IT infrastructure, saving us money on servers and maintenance. We are looking towards transitioning more services to the cloud, such as our exchange server, and providing our patients with better access to their medical records and more communication with our office through the use of patient portals, kiosks, and e-mail.
We are currently trying to expand the use of home monitoring devices such as at-home Coumadin management and remote pacemaker checks. We feel that these services provide a more convenient way for our patients to manage these longer-term problems, while freeing our office staff to focus on other tasks.
What implementation advice can you share with other practices?
I think that the best advice to give any provider now is to find companies that you can rely upon to help with all the current and coming transitions. They become an invaluable resource. The trends are changing so fast that it is beyond the means of one or two individuals to keep up. If you look at other industries such as stocks and the security sector, you can see where healthcare is heading. It will not be long before machine learning and prediction will be able to assist doctors inside of the EHR, instead of merely giving them a different means with which to chart their findings. Simplifying as many tasks within the office as possible will afford the staff more time to customize and implement these changes.
Doctors Administrative Solutions (DAS) is pleased to announce Inc. magazine recognized DAS at #1488 on its eighth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. A trademark of entrepreneurial success, the Inc. 500|5000 represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent business leaders. DAS joins GoPro, GoDaddy.com, and Fuhu among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list of honorees. “To be acknowledged with this honor for the third consecutive year is a remarkable milestone for our organization,” said David Schlaifer, CEO of DAS. “We remain committed to helping our physician community stay profitable and independent by continuously improving the outcomes of Health IT adoption. Our growth signifies not only our own successful evolution, but that of our clients alongside us.” DAS’ ranking simultaneously makes it the 19th fastest growing private organization in the Tampa Bay area. The company was recently named to the Business Observers’ 2014 Gulf Coast 500 list for the first time, and proudly honored as the only company on the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Fast 50 list for the fifth consecutive year since 2010. “For 33 years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into a very exclusive club. The average company on the list grew a mind-boggling 516 percent. Those are results most businesses could only dream of,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg. About Doctors Administrative Solutions Doctors Administrative Solutions (DAS) has been providing full-service practice improvement for the small to medium size practice for over 10 years – including workflow and Practice Management/EHR systems implementation, hosting, service & support, revenue cycle management (RCM), healthcare regulation advocacy, ACO/PCMH initiatives, and more – for over 3,000 users servicing more than 1.5 million patients using DAS tools. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, DAS maintains a committed local presence in the physician communities that it serves throughout the eastern United States. DAS has been recognized for the past three years as one of the top Healthcare companies on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies in the country, was ranked among Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies for each of the last five years, and was recently named to the Business Observer Gulf Coast 500 and as one of 50 “Florida Companies to Watch”. DAS has also been recognized with Florida’s Excellence in IT Leadership award and Tampa Bay’s Best Places to Work, among other awards and recognitions. For more, please visit www.dr-solutions.com.
Doctors Administrative Solutions (DAS) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized on the Gulf Coast 500, the Business Observer’s annual ranking by revenue of the region’s top 500 companies from Tampa to Naples. The Gulf Coast 500 also profiles the area’s fastest growing companies, largest employers and more.
“It is an honor to be ranked among fellow organizations making such a on powerful impact on the regional business community, and by such a respected publication as the Business Observer,” said CEO David Schlaifer. “In addition to working toward our vision to help physicians sustain independent profitability, DAS is heavily committed to driving innovation and opportunity to the Gulf Coast, a cause we’ve championed since founding our business here in Tampa over 10 years ago.”
DAS was one of 128 new companies to be inducted to the list this year. The 500 organizations recognized contributed a total of $127.01 billion in revenue in 2013, and employ over 585,000 individuals along the Gulf Coast.
The Business Observer is the Gulf Coast’s premier newspaper covering business and economic information impacting Florida’s coastal business community from Tampa to Naples. The publication encompasses over 90,000 businesses in the area.
About Doctors Administrative Solutions
Doctors Administrative Solutions (DAS) has been providing full-service practice improvement for the small to medium size practice for over 10 years – including workflow and Practice Management/EHR systems implementation, hosting, service & support, revenue cycle management (RCM), healthcare regulation advocacy, ACO/PCMH initiatives, and more – for over 3,000 users servicing more than 1.5 million patients using DAS tools. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, DAS maintains a committed local presence in the physician communities that it serves throughout the eastern United States.
DAS has been recognized for the past two years as one of the top Healthcare companies on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies in the country, was ranked among Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies for each of the last five years, and was recently selected as one of 50 “Florida Companies to Watch”. DAS has also been recognized with Florida’s Excellence in IT Leadership award and Tampa Bay’s Best Places to Work, among other awards and recognitions.