Next Wave Connect and Cook Children’s Collaborate on a Healthy Start to 2014

New specialty communities for ACOs and Meaningful Use provide Next Wave members with a forum to work together on challenging industry issues.

HOUSTON, Texas—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 Next Wave communities that enable healthcare professionals to connect and collaborate while they work to meet the requirements of accountable care organizations (ACOs) and meaningful use. Next Wave member Cook Children’s Health Care System is taking advantage of several 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 Next Wave 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 Childrens, 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.

Community managers can draw on additional resources, like Next Wave’s Advisory Council Experts (ACEs) and Community Advisors—healthcare industry experts with years of field experience. Next Wave 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 Next Wave members. Watch this 90-second video to learn more about the unique role of Next Wave community managers.