About John Whitham

John is the leader of our national Healthcare IT practice, and his 20 years of senior-level healthcare experience have made him a trusted partner to hospital executives and top industry vendors. John works with the leadership of hospitals, health systems, and physician organizations to drive transformational change through the implementation and integration of healthcare technology solutions. He is known for forging strong working relationships with leading healthcare technology companies and regularly advises Boards of Directors in making strategic organizational decisions. Under John’s guidance, ECG’s IT practice has become one of the most trusted voices in the healthcare industry. Leading vendors value John’s opinion and seek opportunities to collaborate with him and his team. His practice is dedicated to achieving strategic, operational, and financial improvements for clients through the use of technology, often by enabling the use of integrated practice management and electronic health record systems. John and his team focus on opportunities to create appropriate alignment and relationships between physicians, health systems, and other organizations with the goal of bringing integrated, physician-based solutions to their clients. John’s practice is embarking on critical engagements with the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), the Texas eHealth Alliance, and the Texas Hospital Association. Additionally, he frequently participates in industry leadership forums within organizations such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the American Medical Group Association.

Implications of Effective IT Strategies in ASCs

This post features a conversation between John Whitham, Principal, and Conor Gallagher, Senior Manager.

The continuing migration of surgical procedures from hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) has health system leaders rethinking their outpatient strategies. But as hospitals and ASCs consider alignment opportunities and reimbursement dynamics, they also need to think about the technology that serves as a foundational layer for their success. ASCs are playing an increasingly prominent role in patient care, and it is essential that they employ a contemporary IT solution to manage patient billing, optimize efficiency in operations, and facilitate the flow of information among sites of care.

John Whitham, a Principal with ECG and a leader of the firm’s Healthcare IT practice, and Conor Gallagher, a Senior Manager in ECG’s Ambulatory Surgery practice, talk about the role that IT plays in a successful ASC strategy. Continue reading