News: Patient Flow Pioneer Sets Example for Canada Competing Successfully on Global Stage
Calgary, AB (October 26/2015): Strata Health Solutions, the Calgary-based health technology firm launched in 2001 is reaping the rewards of an aggressive global expansion of its proprietary patient flow solution – opening two new International locations in 2015.
Leveraging strong client adoption in English and French Canada, Strata Health launched its international strategy in 2008 to export its unique multi lingual technology with the opening of a local office in London, England. Since that initial investment, Strata has annually deployed multiple long term NHS contracts across England and Scotland.
“We saw a market in the UK that was well positioned to benefit from our Canadian patient to care matching referral technology so as entrepreneurs we pursued it,” recalls Don Schick, Strata Health Founder. “The first few years were challenging to say the least, but when NHS and Social Services leaders saw we were committed to a long-term local presence and brought real practical innovation to the system – the business just took off. Now – we can’t imagine not doing business in Europe – its core to our future, and our International experience has added terrific contacts and perspectives for our Canadian team and clients.”
Currently, Strata Health is a National Finalist for the annual HSJ Awards for excellence in leveraging technology for integrated care. Now in 2015, Strata has launched offices leveraging new contracts to establish that same long term local presence in two new markets:
France: Intelligent patient referrals supporting ophthalmic specialties
Australia: Smart patient matching to chronic disease eConsults and eReferrals “It’s the only way we know how to approach new markets,” continued Schick “Just as in our core Canadian market, clients need to know we’re there to support and stand behind project outcomes for the long term. No question in our mind – that’s what builds confidence, trust and a competitive advantage for both the product and the company. In return, the market growth builds Strata’s financial base, and allows us to continue our Canadian-based R&D investments in population analytics, surgical referral and a truly dynamic service catalog. Everyone wins.”
When contacted, Dr. William Lumb, CCIO for NHS Cumbria CCG adds, “These guys listened to our patient flow issues way back in 2012, and painted a picture of how Strata could be our Air Traffic Control across the total Enterprise, and they’ve delivered on that vision each step of the way. Now they’re getting the recognition for that long term view”
Schick commented that 2016 will see further new market announcements. “Discussions in several new markets are well advanced, and we look forward to related client and product announcements this year.”
Benefiting from this expansion, a new virtual International User Group is being launched in Q1 2016 to allow users from all markets to share front line experience, innovative deployments, while building consensus towards a common ‘best practice vision’ which can inform and drive Strata’s ongoing product road map.“Canadian technology firms can compete at the highest levels Internationally if its approached with persistence and integrity,” Schick commented in closing “Canadians have a great cultural reputation on the world stage, but we need to back it up with a local presence and a long term vision. We wouldn’t have it any other way. “
About Strata Health:
Strata Health leverages technology to achieve dramatic patient flow improvement within health systems. Our clients say they’ve entrusted us with the job of creating patient flow solutions that achieve real and dramatic benefits for patients, their families and the world’s devoted front line caregivers. For more Information please contact us.