EDC Client, Geonetric, Joins Iowa Lean Consortium
Cedar Rapids, IA - April 15, 2011 - EDC client, Geonetric, an online solutions company for the healthcare industry, announces its membership with the Iowa Lean Consortium. Designed to bring together leaders from across industries, the Iowa Lean Consortium allows members to share experiences, challenges and success with adopting a Lean culture of continuous improvement. Geonetric will be reviewing processes company-wide to uncover ways to avoid waste, drive continuous improvement, empower teams, and build quality.
"Geonetric is in an ideal position in its growth to embrace Lean," says John Helbling, P.E., LSS BB, President of JK Helbling Consulting LLC and member of the Iowa Lean Consortium's Design Team. "Even the most well-run companies have opportunities to increase efficiency and improve value to consumers."
The move toward a Lean culture began in 2007, when Geonetric implemented Scrum into its software development process. Scrum, a form of Lean agile development, forces developers to concentrate on enhancements that add the most value to the product. Since adopting Scrum, software development speed has doubled and Geonetric is in the process of releasing the sixth iteration of its VitalSite software, and is poised to make a powerful impact in the patient portal market.
"The success we've experienced since implementing Scrum laid the foundation for embracing Lean organization-wide," says Eric Engelmann, president and CEO of Geonetric. "We're looking to draw on the experience of leading Lean adopters to create an agile team, one that can quickly deliver value and innovation in our products and growing services."
About Iowa Lean Consortium
A Lean design event in 2009 brought together representatives of manufacturers, government agencies, healthcare, service, educational, and non-profit organizations to develop a consortium that would support entities in Iowa toward leading the nation in the area of organizational performance by sharing experiences, challenges, and successes with continuous improvement culture and practices. The result is the Iowa Lean Consortium. To learn more visit www.iowalean.com.
Geonetric helps hospitals and health systems develop and implement innovative Web strategies to engage their patients and communities online. VitalSite®, Geonetric's robust content management software, easily manages websites, portals and intranets, and includes a large selection of interactive modules. Geonetric also provides a comprehensive suite of online services, from strategy and design, to search engine marketing and social media management, to ongoing support and hosting - all designed to engage site visitors and deliver measurable results. Visit www.geonetric.com to learn more and follow us on Twitter @geonetric.