QS Systems Selected to Power The North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network’s Community Information Exchange

The North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network Selects QS Systems to Power its Community Information Exchange

Health IT company streamlines care coordination and service referrals through shared SDoH, medical and behavioral health data to improve client/patient health.

(Eureka, CA and Grand Junction, CO) – Today, the North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network (NCHIIN), a California non-profit providing both health information exchange and health improvement in Humboldt County, announced the selection of NinePatch, the award-winning community health platform built by QS Systems, to serve as the community information exchange (CIE) solution in the region.

“Our partnership with QS Systems and implementation of NinePatch will allow us to execute on our CIE vision,” said Martin Love, NCHIIN CEO. “It is a constant challenge for Humboldt County community members to find the services they need to keep themselves and their families healthy. There are many complicated systems to navigate through to have easy and proper access to services.”

NCHIIN sought a solution to the coordinated information sharing and closed-loop referral process across medical, behavioral and social health domains, allowing collaborative organizations to address care and wellness from a whole person perspective.

NinePatch is a team-based service coordination platform that builds on the power of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) to connect three fragmented sectors through simple, visual, and powerful tools.  “We went through a comprehensive evaluation of the established solutions in the market, and were impressed with a rich set of functionality NinePatch provides to help solve a very challenging problem.  It checked all the boxes for us”, Love continued.

“NCHIIN has long established itself as a leader in community-based collaboration, and we cannot be more thrilled to partner with them as they launch their CIE,” said Leigh Sterling, CEO of QS Systems.  “Our team will leverage their deep understanding of a community’s trust, legal, financial, technical, operational frameworks – all critical components for such project’s success – to implement NCHIIN’s Social Care Network.”

QS System’s NinePatch platform has been successfully implemented in western Colorado as Community Resource Network since July 2020.  In 2019, Community Resource Network won second place out of 114 teams nationally in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s SDoH innovation competition.

For more information about NCHIIN, please visit https://www.nchiin.org/.

About NCHIIN

North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network (NCHIIN), is a California non-profit providing both health information exchange and healthimprovement in Humboldt county. It has a staff of dedicated and experienced information technology and quality improvement professionals focusing on improving the health of the people of Humboldt.

About QS Systems

QS Systems is a partnership between two longtime innovators in the world of HIT and HIEs: Stella Technology (San Jose, CA) and Quality Health Network (Grand Junction, CO).  Their combined trust and expertise is currently benefiting clients and organizations in Colorado’s Western Slope under the name Community Resource Network, an area known as a leader in providing high quality / low-cost health care.

New CEO Announcement

Whole Person Care Platform Provider QS Systems Appoints Leigh Sterling as CEO

Health IT company streamlines cross-sector care coordination and service referrals through shared SDoH, medical, and behavioral health data to improve client/patient health.

(Grand Junction, Colorado) – Today, QS Systems, architect of the award-winning community health platform NinePatch, announced that Leigh Sterling, a nationally recognized leader in health information exchange (HIE), is joining the company as its Chief Executive Officer.

Sterling will lead QS Systems, focusing on the strategic growth of the company through NinePatch, the award-winning, team-based service coordination platform that builds on the power of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) to connect three highly fragmented sectors – medical, social, and behavioral health – through simple, visual, and powerful tools.

“QS Systems’ NinePatch platforms help create cross-community coordination of services, and Leigh’s innovative approach uniquely qualifies her to lead QS Systems,” said Dick Thompson, QS co-founder and CEO of Quality Health Network, the HIE serving western Colorado. “Leigh brings national leadership and on-the-ground expertise to solve the complex challenge of achieving whole person care for a community.”

Formerly CEO of the East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN) since 2010, Sterling brings more than three decades of experience and insight into the emerging Community Information Exchange (CIE) industry.

“Leigh has a deep understanding of a community’s trust, legal, financial, technical, operational frameworks that are critically necessary to build Social Care Networks of stakeholders collaborating to improve care in their region”, said Lalo Valdez, co-founder and CEO of Stella Technology, the Silicon Valley-based health IT company which built the NinePatch platform.  “She is uniquely positioned to drive QS Systems as we deploy to other communities around the country.”

“I am excited to lead QS Systems through its next chapter of growth”, said Leigh Sterling, CEO of QS Systems.  “The team’s expertise on community-based care, combined with a cross-sector solution that is uniquely differentiated from other platforms in the market, convinced me to join QS Systems as health systems, payers, accountable care organizations (ACO) and HIEs are increasingly addressing the growing whole-person care movement.”

The NinePatch platform has been successfully implemented in western Colorado as Community Resource Network since July 2020. In 2019, Community Resource Network won second place out of 114 teams nationally in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s SDoH innovation competition.

For more information about QS Systems, please visit https://qssystems.health/ or to schedule an interview, please contact Rick Curtsinger at RCurtsinger@qualityhealthnetwork.org or at (970) 248-0033.

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About QS Systems

QS Systems is a partnership between two longtime innovators in the world of HIT and HIEs: Stella Technology (San Jose, CA) and Quality Health Network (Grand Junction, CO).  Their combined trust and expertise is currently benefiting clients and organizations in Colorado’s Western Slope under the name Community Resource Network, an area known as a leader in providing high quality / low-cost health care.

Leigh Sterling
CEO, QS Systems

 Leigh Sterling has more than 30 years of C-level leadership experience in information technology, information security frameworks, risk management, audit and compliance, financial and budget management, strategic planning, and human resources development within the Healthcare, Banking & Finance, and Higher Education industries.   She is the author of two books written for the banking industry on managing information technology risk and released by Alex Sheshenoff Publishing.  

Dick Thompson
Co-Founder, QS Systems
CEO, Quality Health Network

Dick Thompson is the Executive Director and CEO of Quality Health Network (QHN), a non-profit quality improvement collaborative founded in 2004.

QHN established a Health Information Exchange as one of its foundational pillars and commenced live operations in August of 2005. QHN achieved positive cash flow status from its operations beginning in 2007.

Lalo Valdez
Co-Founder, QS Systems
CEO, Stella Technology

Lalo Valdez has over 30 years of experience in company creation. He is a Serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur with 2 major exits, has significant experience with high-tech startups, and is a Board Advisor at several companies and universities.

 

QS Systems to attend SHIEC 2021 to promote NinePatch platform

QS Systems to attend SHIEC 2021 to promote NinePatch platform

QS Systems will attend the Strategic Health Information Exchange (SHIEC) conference in August 2021 to promote its first groundbreaking product, NinePatch.

NinePatch is an award-winning, team-based service coordination platform that boosts community-wide health and makes integration of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) data not only possible- but simple, visual, and powerful.

Come see us at booth #11 to learn about how we are already improving lives in western Colorado, and how we plan to take NinePatch nationwide, starting with Health Information Exchanges across the country.

NinePatch Platform Community Resource Network Takes the Silver Medal in Robert Wood Johnson SDoH Innovation Challenge

NinePatch Platform Community Resource Network Takes the Silver Medal in Robert Wood Johnson SDoH Innovation Challenge

In June 2019, Quality Health Network (QHN), based in Grand Junction, CO, announced its Community Resource Network (CRN) won national second place in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Social Determinants of Health Innovation Challenge.

CRN was the first instance of the white-labeled NinePatch platform in the nation.

CRN brought home a $25,000 prize to support continued development rollout. The competition concluded with a live pitch by three teams, including QHN, to judges at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, Calif.

“This award recognizes a lot of hard work from across western Colorado to tackle the very difficult problem of how to better help care for the whole person,” says Dick Thompson, Executive Director and CEO of QHN. “CRN is at the forefront of a really exciting breakthrough that will transform how people get the care they need, whether medical, behavioral or social.”

The national competition started with 110 entries and sought to find digital solutions to help providers and those at risk connect to safety net and other services which may include social, behavioral, and medical needs. The ability to address an individual’s unmet social determinant needs, like housing and food insecurity, can contribute materially (+50%) to a person’s well-being and can improve healthcare
outcomes and reduce costs.

CRN’s development, a joint venture between QHN and Stella Technology, leverages the extensive knowledge and assets of QHN’s award-winning health information exchange infrastructures.

Thompson adds, “CRN helps create a self-organizing community-wide care team to achieve some basic goals: understanding an individual’s overall needs, leveraging the work and the relationships that are already in place, reducing duplication of services and data entry, and prioritizing actions to get the right stuff done at the right time by the right people. Ultimately, this will help keep those at risk often avoid
unnecessary and expensive acute care settings – as often as we can!”

“The development of CRN has been an amazing collaboration of community stakeholders and software developers, resulting in a ground-up approach that has service providers excited about the revolutionary possibilities of this social network exchange,” said Mike Stahl, CEO of Hilltop Community Resources and a QHN Board Member. “This ability to address and coordinate the social determinants of care will be a game-changer for our community.”