SOURCE: Next Wave Health

Next Wave Health

January 21, 2014 09:00 ET

Next Wave CONNECT and Cook Children's Collaborate on a Healthy Start to 2014

New Specialty Communities for ACOs and Meaningful Use Provide CONNECT Members With a Forum to Work Together on Challenging Industry Issues

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Jan 21, 2014) - Next Wave CONNECT (www.nextwaveconnect.com), provider of the first healthcare industry-specific enterprise social networking application, today announced the addition of two new CONNECT communities that enable healthcare professionals to connect and collaborate while they work to meet the requirements of accountable care organizations (ACOs) and meaningful use. CONNECT member Cook Children's Health Care System is taking advantage of several CONNECT communities, including meaningful use, privacy and security, and ICD-10.

Next Wave CONNECT creates communities around vital topics that healthcare professionals are challenged by. Community managers lead those communities by sharing their deep professional knowledge and insights, and proactively connecting members from similar organizations. The resulting online environment enables users to collaboratively solve operational, regulatory and other problems more quickly.

Tina Haskins, director of application implementation and support at Cook Children's, is Cook's official CONNECT ambassador. Haskins introduces her colleagues to CONNECT and facilitates on-boarding them to the specific communities that match their professional roles.

"Cook Children's has a history of driving positive change through its use of cutting-edge technologies and collaboration," said Haskins. "As members of Next Wave CONNECT, we have instant access to all of the different online communities. We're able to connect and collaborate with colleagues within Cook Children, as well with peers at outside healthcare organizations. It's a groundbreaking approach to problem solving and meeting industry standards."

Next Wave CONNECT community managers provide a unique function in the social networking landscape, in a role that is the first of its kind in healthcare. Sherry Reynolds, a nationally recognized eHealth expert and patient-centered design consultant, is the CONNECT community manager assigned to lead the meaningful use community. "Sherry's 20-plus years of experience in healthcare IT, organization development, healthcare public policy, and clinical informatics make her an ideal fit for this community," said Becky Heflin, director of community management at Next Wave CONNECT.

Community managers can draw on additional resources, like CONNECT's Advisory Council Experts (ACEs) and Community Advisors -- healthcare industry experts with years of field experience. CONNECT ACE John Glaser, Ph.D., posted his most recent blog post on the ACO community board. He is a fellow of HIMSS, CHIME, and the American College of Medical Informatics, and has published more than 150 articles and three books on the strategic application of information technology in healthcare. Dr. Glaser's extensive, specialized knowledge is an asset to all CONNECT communities.

Next Wave CONNECT is a social networking platform designed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals. CONNECT communities are open to all CONNECT members. Watch this 90-second video to learn more about the unique role of CONNECT community managers.

About Next Wave CONNECT
Next Wave CONNECT, a Seattle, Wash.-based healthcare social networking solution company, is owned by Next Wave Health, based in Houston, Texas. Next Wave CONNECT is the first healthcare industry-specific, smart social networking application connecting healthcare professionals and peers -- of all types, across healthcare organizations -- providing a platform for collaboratively solving the industry's most challenging problems. For more information, or to become a CONNECT member, visit www.nextwaveconnect.com.

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