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I have had the pleasure of working with the J2 group over the past 12 years as a Director of Surgical Services at several sites in the US. The J2 Group consistently suggests, creates, develops and collaboratively implements great improvements for multiple types of online systems, the various components and processes which contribute to the achievement of successful project management and change.
They not only work with the electronic aspects but also with the idea of human variability. The J2 Group are leaders and change agents in the arena of surgical healthcare. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the group and the wonderful people that provide fantastic service and follow through.
Lydia Forsythe, PhD, MA, MSN, RN, CNOR
Good Morning Jeanne,
I have had the opportunity to work with the J2group on two OR projects. Both jobs were major projects with different scheduling systems for each institution. Both projects were an organized thorough process that was timed perfectly from introduction to becoming operational. Education to IT departments and OR staff was easily understood. J2 always conducted business in a very professional knowledgeable fashion. A real benefit to having a computerized OR system installed by J2 is that they are RN’s who have worked in the OR.
Kaye Ringler, RN
Engaging the J2 Group, Inc. was one of the wisest and most valuable actions taken when we began our journey from paper to electronics. From selection through implementation, they were right there providing experienced council to successfully guide us in the right direction when making our critical decisions and planning our strategies. Since go live, we have had many opportunities to interact with others who have done the same implementations and did not have the opportunity to have such excellent consultative services. We have consistently found that J2 led us on a path that was cost effective and time saving. Sound advice helping us with decisions made for an easier implementation and impressive outcomes. We are able to analyze and use data to benchmark results and make credible changes to our OR business. Best of all, we have a quality product that can only improve with use because our system was built on a solid foundation thanks to the leadership and direction provided by J2.
Joan Wagner, RN
As a client of J2's services, I couldn't have been more impressed. While you may find someone else who knows a periop system or two, I don't know of anyone else who both knows the systems and knows the end users like J2. They helped us identify our users' needs from anesthesiologists to techs and clerks in such detail that it became much easier to move through a selection process for a new computer system. J2 brought independent intelligence of both the systems and how users use them.
I recommend them highly.
My experience in working with the J2 Group has been extensive spanning over seven years, two hospitals, three different projects and two different computer companies. The wealth and depth of the knowledge of the company, its principals and its consultants has made each and every one of these occasions a success. The emphasis on having clinical resources to evaluate and help implement documentation systems is invaluable especially because computerization is a dramatic paradigm shift and having someone speak "nurse talk" makes that transition much easier.
The projects have come in on time and when adjustments were required due to outside issues, J2 was able to flex and meet our needs. Their concern is always for the customer and doing the best for the facility and staff. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to implement a system and plan to use them myself in the future as our system grows.
For many of us, we will implement a new software product for the OR twice in our career. Hardly adequate repetitions to rate us as a novice let alone competent in this skill. Why would we want to leave the design and implementation of a critical application to chance?
Marimargaret Reichert, RN
The J2 Group is far and away the most effective Consultant Group I have worked with. Most consultants tend to deliver recommendations that may or may not be realistic. The J2 Group, on the other hand, delivers recommendations that are backed up by the resources to develop and implement those recommendations. For the implementation of applications in the Perioperative Dept. specifically, the need to produce a quality design, realistic timeline and resource requirements seems to be the most challenging; it is where the “rubber meets the road” and where most projects flounder. Often, the typical project is set up to fail; The J2 Group ensures that your project is set up to succeed!!
I have been fortunate enough to work with J2 on two occasions during a succession of McKesson product installs at McLaren Health Care Corporation. The first opportunity was during the Horizon Surgical Manager implementation where Jeanne Parkes and her staff were fully dedicated to the success of the hospitals go-live. Both Jeanne Parkes and Carol Buono have a wealth of knowledge to bring to the table as well as a welcomed objective perspective when making decisions on data set up and workflow processes. The second opportunity was during the data clean up phase of the Pathways Materials Management implementation for our entire corporation. Jeanne's staff assisted with the item file clean-up including descriptions and commodity codes. The combined skill and expertise of the staff has provided us with clean, standardized data based on policies developed by the J2 group and McLaren staff during the HSM installation. Having J2 as a resource during these very stressful implementations has proven to be invaluable to McLaren and I would certainly utilize their expertise again.Sincerely,
Lisa K. Ardanowski
Corporate Manager, Materials Systems
McLaren Healthcare Corporation
J2 was an important part of the successful OR scheduling system implementation at Vanderbilt. The team analyzed existing processes to assist us in knowing what was really going on. Their absolute command of the OR environment allowed for constructive suggestions to be made and alternatives developed. This prevented us from automating broken systems. The greatest value of the engagement was achieved through the development of a set of database principles which both guided the implementation and continue to be in use to this day.
Providing a “current state preference card health assessment” was an invaluable step in organizing the preference improvement effort and entry into our new system. The J2 team performed the assessment with remarkable efficiency and insight clearly reflecting a depth of understanding of the perioperative environment. They also made, what can be a tedious process, fun for the staff involved. The quality of the preference cards created by the J2 resources clearly demonstrated a detailed clinical understanding of surgical procedures. By using clinically skilled staff to build cards, not only was the final product of high quality, the entire build process was more efficient.The J2 Group was amazingly flexible in providing skilled support during our go-live. The J2 resources had clearly “been there – done that” and truly cared about our patients, staff, and physicians. That level of collaboration, expertise, and caring was key factor in our successful go-live.
The J2 Group analyzed existing processes at Providence Hospital in the Central Sterile Processing Department to assist us in knowing what was really going on. Their absolute command of the CSP environment allowed for constructive suggestions to be made, educational programs to be developed and opportunities for improvement in preparation for The Joint Commission. Their efforts greatly assisted with the success of today's operations.
I have never been as impressed with a consulting company as with J2. The consultants at J2 do amazing work. In 2004, J2 was instrumental in teaching me the fundamentals of our system’s functionality and educating me about data standards and processes and how they affect not only charge capture, but an end user's ability to effectively use a surgical application. A J2 resource taught me how to do report-writing in our Surgi-Server system which became a very valuable skill in data collection and analysis at our organization. On a return visit in 2007, J2 resources worked beside us (in the trenches) to implement our new surgical system, and I strongly feel that the implementation would not have been successful without the excellent and tireless work that Jeanne and Carol did on our behalf.