Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> May 25, 1998

Richard D. Helppie Jr. – Superior Consultant Holdings (supc)

RICHARD D. HELPPIE is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Superior Consultant Company, the nation's first publicly owned firm dedicated to healthcare outsourcing and management and information technology consulting. Superior Consultant has served the healthcare industry since 1984 and today represents a nationally deployed network of approximately 600 experienced professionals. The company provides all segments of the healthcare industry with the tools and strategies they need to: reduce costs and increase profitability, serve customers effectively, improve the quality and safety of clinical care, and ensure compliance with security and privacy requirements, including HIPAA regulations, with an emphasis on leveraging information technology. Superior has completed thousands of engagements and has served more than 3,000 clients throughout North America and overseas. For more than 22 years, Mr. Helppie has worked with all types of healthcare industry participants including providers, suppliers, vendors, pharmaceutical companies, payers and consumer organizations. He has earned the respect of healthcare leaders and CEOs of major vendors nationwide that shape and influence the healthcare information technology industry. Under Mr. Helppie's leadership, Superior Consultant has consistently led the market with innovative solutions for the healthcare industry, bringing best practices to bear and ensuring measurable ROI for its client population. Named one of 'Health Care IT's Most Influential' by ADVANCE for Health Information Executives and Michigan's Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year, Mr. Helppie both defines and keeps pace with emerging technology, industry needs and regulatory actions. Mr. Helppie is a regular guest speaker and panelist for national healthcare organizations, and he has either authored or contributed to publications, such as: Financial Planning for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals ' 2002 Edition, Healthcare Informatics, Health Data Management, Modern Healthcare, Health Management Technology, U.S. Healthcare magazine, Michigan HealthCARE Business, Crain's Detroit Business, Computers in Healthcare, The Oakland Press, PHO Report, Healthcare Computing & Communications, The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Transcript, Wall Street Reporter, Industry Standard, and Inc. magazine. Mr. Helppie is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), American Hospital Association (AHA), Center for Healthcare Information Management (CHIM), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Profile
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