New Healthcare IT Consulting Program Supports Community and Rural Hospitals To Achieve Meaningful Use

Stoltenberg Consulting ACHIEVE Program leverages evidence-based best practice model to fulfill IT needs of community hospitals

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc., a leading healthcare information technology consulting firm, launched today a new program designed to help community and rural hospitals meet meaningful use (MU) requirements and optimize their clinical information systems by providing expertise and strategic solutions tailored to their specific needs.    

Although rural and community hospitals stand to benefit substantially from health information technology (HIT) implementations, a recent study published in Health Affairs reveals that small, non-teaching and rural hospitals are behind other hospitals in the race to adopt HIT and electronic health records (EHR). Often short on resources, such hospitals are challenged to invest time and resources to undergo the substantial IT overhauls required by MU legislation.

"Community hospitals across the nation are struggling to meet meaningful use requirements, and many are facing substantial business challenges that prohibit them from investing in the necessary resources and technologies," said Sheri Stoltenberg, CEO of Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc. "As 20-year HIT veterans, we recognize the benefits technology affords smaller hospitals in particular, and understand the critical nature of the timeframe in which these improvements must be made. The ACHIEVE program was created specifically to support the IT initiatives of small and rural hospitals by removing their risk, streamlining the process and minimizing obstacles."

Leveraging the proprietary ACHIEVE roadmap, Stoltenberg provides clients clinical transformation services including a detailed education plan, comprehensive staff training, evidence-based content and clinical documentation. Stoltenberg also offers proprietary methodologies: ASCEND, the practice of addressing three key areas of workflow, project management and application programming for successful implementation, and SHARE, a collaboration tool designed to effectively communicate project status to all stakeholders.

"As we face pending Meaningful Use deadlines, the challenge of implementing the right technology in the most appropriate way can seem daunting at times," said Chuck Christian, CIO of Good Samaritan Hospital. "Community hospitals need the help of technology implementation experts like Stoltenberg to help guide them along the process of meeting stringent meaningful use requirements on a tight deadline."

Targeting facilities ranging from 50-350 beds, ACHIEVE offers healthcare organizations a range of benefits, including:

  • Proven best practice standards for services, assessments, and order sets.
  • Reduced risk and shortened implementation timeline by at least 30 percent.
  • Reduced implementation and maintenance costs by up to 50 percent.
  • Comprehensive system that supports regulatory compliance and incentives (CMS and ARRA).

To learn more about ACHIEVE, please visit - ACHIEVE.pdf. For more information about Stoltenberg Consulting, visit the website and watch Stoltenberg's 3-minute informational movie at

About Stoltenberg Consulting
Founded in 1995, Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc. creates an environment for success by working with healthcare organizations to provide a variety of services including project management, implementation support and integration between systems. Members of the Stoltenberg Consulting team are consultants with extensive experience in both financial and clinical systems, averaging more than 15 years of direct on-site hospital experience. Stoltenberg Consulting has grown rapidly to serve a client base of more than 100 preeminent healthcare organizations throughout the United States providing services for Siemens (Approved Partner), Epic (Preferred Partner), Cerner, McKesson, Meditech, NextGen, Allscripts and Zynx customers. For more information call 1-888-724-1326 or visit

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