There were a lot of things to like about HIMSS 2012. Booth traffic was solid. Attendance was up. There was at least one decent watering hole/eatery in the midst of the overpriced /overcrowded Vegas restaurant universe.

But the thing that stood out for this writer, at least, was Access making it onto the shortlist for “Best Vendor/Best IT Consulting Firm” at HIStalk’s 2012 HISsie awards. In case you hadn’t noticed, there are approximately 728, 456, 812 (as of this morning) healthcare IT vendors and consulting shops. That’s a lot. Access made the top 4.

When Jonathan Bush (founder and CEO of cloud-based EHR juggernaut athenahealth) fueled by his love of public speaking and a bottle or two of Arrogant Bastard Ale (which he mentioned at least nine times) announced the contenders in this category, he said, “…and some company called Access.” So, with no more of an explanation forthcoming, who the heck is Access, anyway?

Well, we’re a company that creates electronic forms management, automation and workflow solutions, which a lot of hospitals use. Why? Because they want to get rid of paper, get forms into their enterprise content management systems, and get patients the treatment they need faster.

We also create solutions that generate barcoded wristbands, bridge output from clinical devices (EKG and fetal monitors and such) and systems (perinatal, endoscopy and so forth) into EMRs, and create collaborative, paperless processes for everything from new employee on boarding to physician referrals. The results? Cost savings, faster turnaround and, most importantly, improved patient care and safety.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what some of our customers say about Access:

“I’ve been doing health information technology deployments for more than 10 years and Access’s professional services and implementation teams are the best I’ve worked with.”

“I consider Access employees to be good friends, which is not typically the case with vendors. They are honest, responsive and knowledgeable about their products, and I always get the information I need quickly.”

“Choosing Access is one of the most solid business decisions we’ve made in a long time. In the current economic climate we have to do more with less, and our Access solution allows us to do just that.”

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