Successful Health Care Consultant
After studying business and management at Golden Gate University and UCLA, Ben Quirk went on to become the sole proprietor of eBankruptcy, an Internet-based petition management platform for bankruptcy lawyers. During his time with eBankruptcy, Ben Quirk created a web portal and client portal, programmed electronic petition filing applications, and delivered a broad range of consulting services to client law firms.
After his success with eBankruptcy, Ben Quirk went on to serve as a NextGen development lead for PriMed Management Consulting, focusing on template solutions for electronic medical records systems for such clients as Hill Physicians Medical Group, before becoming a senior consultant in NextGen template design and development with CTG Healthcare Solutions. As a consultant with this firm, he oversaw seven NextGen projects in the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, including a rollout of NextGen software to some 1,200 users and 300 physicians in just 10 months.
Aside from his professional activities, Ben Quirk frequently participates in Delray Beach fundraising activities. In his free time, he enjoys playing with full scale trains, his two dogs, and traveling throughout the United States.
Press and Mentions
"Ben Quirk is CEO of Quirk Healthcare Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in EHR strategic management, workflow optimization, systems development, and training. The company’s clients have enjoyed remarkable success, including award of the Medicare Advantage 5-star rating. Quirk Healthcare presents a weekly webinar series,Insights, to inform clients and the general public about government programs and industry trends. Mr. Quirk is also Executive Director of the Quirk Healthcare Foundation, a learning institution which fosters innovation in the healthcare industry."
Father & son form business to improve Healthcare Delivery
"Given this background, it isn’t surprising that Chris’ son Ben is also looking for ways to automate healthcare delivery. But it was actually by chance that he found himself in the same general field as his father. “I started out wanting to work on Wall Street,” Ben related, “but found that wasn’t to my liking.” Instead, he took a job with Hill Physicians Medical Group, an Independent Practice Association (IPA) based in northern California. There, he found he had a knack for both business and technology: “We were competing with Kaiser Permanente for business. To do that, you have to be very efficient, and very good at what you do.” What they did was implement EHR at Hill Physicians, pulling together 2500 physicians’ charts into an electronic database. Ben played a key part in this effort, resulting in the company landing a major contract with the California Public Employee Retirement System."
"As his career progressed, Ben realized that to make EHR systems work, you have to tie them to patient outcomes and business objectives. “EHR is not just putting data in a computer,” he explained. “Right now, doctors are taking time from patients to make the technology work. We have to get back to the original idea, which was using technology as a tool to improve the practice of medicine.” Ben notes that a chart room is just a repository for paper; it doesn’t do anything. But if you have an EHR system, you can run reports that give you important information. “You can find out which diabetic patients have been skipping their tests,” Ben continued, “or on a larger scale, see which medical devices produce the best outcomes,” so the practice can source from the right manufacturer."
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