WHAT MAKES US IPS?

Our Story

Founded in 1992 by Steve Littig, IPS charted a steady path for years solving clinical and operational issues for a variety of private sector hospitals before landing a major subcontract for Navy medicine in 2009. Since then, the company has experienced exceptional growth as a government subcontractor and prime contractor, providing data analysis and technical solutions to improve efficiency and outcomes at military treatment facilities. IPS is committed to helping its clients learn from and transform their data into actionable information. We are passionately innovating a happier, healthier world.

U.S. healthcare spending accounts for roughly 17% of our GDP. That’s equal to about $9,255 per person, for a grand total of—are you ready?—$2.9 trillion per year. It’s more than we spend on education, defense, or anything else.

What’s really disconcerting, though, is that all the money being hurled at the nation’s healthcare problems hasn’t led to better health or better quality care.

In the spring of 2014, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) submitted a report to the White House titled Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement through Systems Engineering. PCAST cited “unnecessary burdens and inefficiencies” as a major impediment to the delivery of care, with some studies suggesting “that almost one-third of front-line health-care workers’ time is wasted.” That’s no way to do business. Especially when lives are at stake.

According to PCAST, “successful and sustainable improvement must involve reconfiguring the workflow and overall environment in which these professionals practice, which can help to reduce the burden of work while improving the performance of the system.” We’re already working on that.

Our Vision

Passionately innovating a happier, healthier world.

Imagine making every healthcare dollar go further. Helping an entire industry work smarter. Contributing to improved health for the entire nation. Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? That’s what the people at IPS do every single day.

The right data—carefully collected, verified, interpreted, and applied in the right way—is the most important tool available to conscientious decision makers in the healthcare industry. Are you intrigued by the idea of pulling together data, evaluating it for gaps, cleaning it up, and getting it in front of clinicians who can then act on it? Well, we do that at IPS.

Through data mining, analytics, visualization, software development, and information-rich applications, we help our healthcare clients stretch their budgets, solve seemingly intractable problems, and give every single patient the best clinical outcome possible.

Our Values

Between 2010 and 2012, the people at Gallup, Inc., conducted an extensive study of workplace engagement. The results of their research and polling, published in 2013, yielded some dismal statistics for U.S. employees—and employers: only a third of U.S. employees are thoroughly engaged in their work, which means the other 7 out of 10 are disconnected, apathetic, or generally unhappy in their current jobs. That’s definitely not the way things run at IPS.

Engaged employees propel innovation. We know that. We also know that happiness is vital to success. High employee engagement and outstanding performance go hand in hand.

The atmosphere at IPS is equal parts introspection and interaction, humility and confidence, uncompromising support and mind-blowing challenges. We do meaningful work, and if you join our team, you’ll be involved in far-reaching projects that spark real enthusiasm, unleash your creativity, and demand your very best efforts.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life,
the whole aim and end of human existence.” 
~ Aristotle

We never rest on our laurels. We know there’s always room for improvement—there’s always a better way—so we look for opportunities to provide additional value to every project we take on.

We ask our clients a lot of questions and listen carefully to their answers: it’s a fundamental step on our path to understanding their needs. We are confident in our ability to help our clients achieve their goals, and we will rack our brains to bring novel points of view, fresh technical insights, and truly workable plans to the table. Happy and successful clients are our truest reward.

We listen first then use an agile mind to bring a thoughtful perspective

We are a professional services firm, with an emphasis on serving. It’s our job to think about things in ways that other people can’t. After meticulously considering every possible angle of a given problem, we use our technological and process improvement skills to design a sound, sensible, tailor-made solution for our client.

We simplify the complex

There’s a lot to be said for cutting to the chase. To us, the ability to convey complicated ideas in clear, simple, relevant ways—whether through words or images—is an art form in itself. The IPS team consists of deep thinkers, able communicators, and savvy tech developers. We delight in bringing order to chaos and celebrate a victory each time our clients venture with confidence along their personal path to improvement.

We want to help

We strive to provide value to our clients and routinely do more than is asked of us. Finding innovative solutions to our clients’ needs is our reason for being.

We embrace opportunities to laugh and celebrate

Refueling is essential to our culture. IPSers are really good at recognizing a job well done . . . and then basking, if only for a moment or two, in our collective glory. We’re coworkers and we’re friends, and we look forward to spending time together, whether we’re working on an especially demanding project, volunteering our time to a worthy cause, or just kicking back.

Our Approach

Step 1

Empathize

We put great emphasis on seeing the world through our clients’ eyes. Our team works directly with your team to fully understand the problems you seek to resolve.

Step 2

Explore

Our experts leverage the power of analysis, statistics and data science to identify problems our clients may be blind to.

Step 3

Define

We leverage the knowledge from people and data to clearly define the causes of our clients’ problems.

Step 4

Improve

We work with our clients to identify solutions, create process improvement plans and facilitate change to produce measurable results.

Step 5

Cultivate

We believe our engagements do not end at project close. We ensure our clients have the tools and processes in place that enable them to continue the journey toward growth.

Meet the Team

Leadership

President and Founder
Steve Littig
 
Director of Solution Delivery
Bill Ferris
 
Director, Operations and Software Development
Michael Edwards
 
Solution Delivery Manager
Jeff VandenBoom
Human Resources Manager
Holly Barber
 
Database Architect
Joel Ewald

Operations

Executive Assistant
Rochelle Licata
 
Senior System Administrator
Anderson King
Bookkeeper
Susan Paul

Services

Principal Consultant
Jack Lin
Senior Healthcare Analyst
Tiffany Naughton
Senior Healthcare Analyst
Vanessa Harms
Healthcare Analyst, II
Lauren Wolf
Data Scientist, II
Richard Bryant
Healthcare Consultant, II
Gabrielle Stewart
Healthcare Consultant, II
Jess Colon
Healthcare Consultant, II
Jeff Giordano
Data Scientist, II
Prakruti Shah
Healthcare Analyst
Luke Stumpos
Principal Consultant
Andrew Duggan
Principal Healthcare Consultant
Sean Parrell

Software

Senior Application Developer
Wes Arnold
Senior Application Developer
Robert Dreslinski
Application Developer, II
Danny Spanos
Senior Technical Program Manager
Gary Shuster
Application Developer, I
Mayce Varacalli