Each month we provide a roundup of news, awards, and features on symplr and symplr subject-matter experts.
symplr Wins 2022 Globee Disruptor Award
symplr was named a GOLD GLOBEE® WINNER in the 2022 Globee Disruptor Awards for the Information Technology Software category.
According to Globee® Business Awards, "Disruptor companies have the potential and competence to displace existing solutions, companies, and even entire industries. ... Disruptors do things differently and are not hindered by existing ways of industry stalwarts. They are ready to take on an enormous challenge and find solutions for the biggest pain points customers experience."
Kristin Russel, symplr’s Chief Marketing Officer, said, “Thrilled to share that symplr won Gold in the Information Technology Software category for this year’s Globee Disruptor Company Awards! This is a testament to the continued commitment we have in disrupting the status quo of traditional healthcare operations and providing healthcare workers with the tools they need to spend more time doing what they love—caring for patients.” She added, “We’re so grateful for our employees, customers, and partners who are helping to make healthcare a better experience for all.”
symplr Roundtable Recap Featured in Becker’s Hospital CFO Report
At Becker's Hospital Review's 12th Annual Meeting in Chicago on April 27, Nicole Rogas, MBA, President of symplr, and Kevin Smith, CFO of Luminis Health—a newly formed three-hospital system based in Annapolis, Maryland—led a roundtable discussion about the challenges health systems face, the paradigm shift underway, and implications for health system leaders. The discussion was titled, “The changing healthcare paradigm: CFO conversations about reducing financial risk amid uncertainty.”
Hospitals and health systems face multiple challenges, requiring a fundamental change in the healthcare delivery paradigm. Specifically, the shift underway to a consumer-driven approach to patient care that is higher in quality yet more efficient will require a transformation in enterprise healthcare operations.
Four key takeaways from the discussion follow:
- Margin pressures on health systems have skyrocketed. There is great uncertainty and unprecedented headwinds. "We're in uncharted waters," Smith said.
- Healthcare must become consumer driven. Providers now need to meet patients where they are and become more consumer centric. An example is the difficulty patients have in scheduling appointments. Health systems are adapting by offering open schedules and digital front doors. "Health systems must prioritize improving the consumer experience," Rogas said.
- Enormous organization change is needed, demanding physician engagement, alignment and support. The paradigm shift taking place in healthcare requires massive organizational change. "Change management has been happening at lightning speed," Smith said. The changes that are occurring include cultural shifts, changed behaviors, and changed roles.
- Technology consolidation has significant value. CFOs, clinicians and those in healthcare operations are overwhelmed by a proliferation of IT vendors and systems. "We have so much technology, we can't figure it out," one participant said.
symplr Pays Tribute to Nurses During National Nurses Week
symplr recognized the nursing profession during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, with the creation of a variety of content that highlights the critical role nurses play and the substantive ways healthcare organizations can support them following the grueling pandemic working conditions that prompted industry-wide burnout and staff shortages.
“Nurses exemplify compassion, intelligence, and adaptability and they deserve every ounce of praise and gratitude they receive,” said Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, MA, BSN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer of symplr. “They also require more meaningful support for them to continue accomplishing the herculean tasks we have come to expect of them. That’s why the symplr team and its partners celebrated Nursing Week with resources to prompt institutional, financial, technological, and emotional changes that better support nurses and nurse leaders.”
More than 6,000 facilities use symplr’s services and solutions, which means five-million-plus healthcare staff are affected by the company’s offerings. A large share of those staff members are nurses and nurse leaders, driving symplr and its DAISY Foundation partners to foster technology solutions that alleviate nursing job dissatisfaction, burnout and turnover.
Healthcare organizations and partners can use the following resources to galvanize change and cultivate positive working environments for these vital workers.
- “Teamwork and Team Leaders Make the Difference In Retaining, Supporting Nurses” blog
- “Initial Steps for Effective Nurse Manager Succession Planning” blog
- “Meaningful Recognition for Nurse Managers: The Time Is Now!” blog written by Bonnie and Mark Barnes, co-founders of The DAISY Foundation
- “Beyond Grateful: A Tribute to Nurse Managers” video series featuring symplr clinical and operational leaders
symplr CNO’s Podcast: How symplr Improves Providers Lives
In a Becker’s Hospital Review podcast sponsored by symplr, symplr’s Chief Nursing Officer Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, MA, BSN, FAAN, discussed how symplr makes life easier for nurses, nurse managers, and nurse leaders.
Kerfoot began, “Let’s talk about workforce management. Among the reasons [nurses] leave is staffing and technology challenges.” She explained how symplr’s healthcare-focused workforce software solutions address the complicated staffing needs of hospitals. “People in hospitals work 24 hours a day; the acuity of patients changes on a daily basis, hourly basis, sometimes even minute to minute. If you don’t have the software to [handle] all those variances in an instant, then people have to do workarounds; patients don’t get the right nurse, nurses don’t get the right patients...”
symplr Clinical Expert James X. Laskaris Published in HealthCare Business News
An article written by symplr Clinical Advisor James X. Laskaris, EE, BME titled “Three factors impacting HTM” was featured in the May 2022 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine. In the article, Laskaris cites sobering statistics, including, “According to IBM, every data breach costs an average of $9.23 million, making cybersecurity a top concern for HTM departments.”
Learn more about cybersecurity and networking issues that healthcare organizations face.
Read the article here. (Registration is required but access is free.)
Becker's Hospital Review Lists symplr Among Top Places to Work in Healthcare 2022
We are excited to share that symplr has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare" list for 2022!
The honor places symplr alongside many of the hospitals and healthcare organizations that we continuously support as a trusted guide to achieve better outcomes through better healthcare operations—for all healthcare participants.
This year’s list spotlighted symplr as an “equality-driven workplace” with a “people first” mindset and mentioned the company’s many employee resource groups as well as its inclusion in multiple 2021 best places to work lists from Comparably—with specific reference to symplr’s diversity score ranking in the top 15%.
For more than 30 years, symplr has helped unify the provider data management; workforce management; and governance, risk management, and compliance processes healthcare organizations rely on to achieve better operations for better outcomes for all participants. Learn more about symplr today.