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State of Washington

...superb evidence reviews...people are raving about your training...inspiring to our staff...I believe we brought the very best to them...

Link to Delfini Washington State Health Care Technology work.

State of Washington Health Care Authority

"Hello Sheri and Mike, thanks for shouting out to the Washington State Health Technology Clinical Committee. Along with the help of organizations like Delfini providing us with superb evidence reviews, we are showing a way that the US should follow, in my opinion. I appreciate your linking your contacts to our work. Best Wishes, Brian"

Brian R. Budenholzer, MD, FAAFP
Health Technology Clinical Committee Chair
Health Care Authority
State of Washington

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A Key Testimonial That Keeps Us Motivated, Inspired & Moving Ahead

...huge difference in my professional life...now have the confidence...your workshops help re-ignite for many the real reason they got involved in pharmacy and medicine in the first place...we definitely can make a difference!...

"I have been meaning to thank you and Mike for all of the training and insight that you have given me. It really has made a huge difference in my professional life. For example, this summer I tackled an important safety debate. It took me many hours, but at the end of the day, I concluded that we, as a company, needed to make new recommendations. Without my Delfini training, I would have never had the confidence, nor been able to develop a convincing case. I know sometimes the jaded medical world may feel that evidence-based medicine and critical evaluations are nice academic exercises that rarely, if ever, influence member safety. We know that this is not the case. Keep carrying the banner of enlightenment in 2011! Your workshops help reignite for many the real reason they got involved in pharmacy and medicine in the first place. We definitely can make a difference..." Name Held in Confidence
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State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

...great job...inspiring...fantastic!...
raving about your training...a pleasure to work with you to make this day so special for our staff...

State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) chose Delfini to train their staff and clinicians who conduct medical necessity and other reviews. Other state employees involved with improving Washington State’s plan for improving health care, such as from the Health Care Authority, were also invited. Testimonial below:

"Mike and Sheri, I just wanted to thank you once again for the great job you did today, teaching our staff EBM assessment for validity and usefulness. You were inspiring to our staff. I just loved to see how attentive they were and to hear the great questions that were asked. They were getting your messages! Fantastic.

"People are raving about your training. I just heard how professional that it was, that HRSA and the other agencies were presented in style and the staff really appreciated that. I believe they recognized that we brought the very best to them, showing that we value EBM and their work in this area.

"Again, thanks so much. It was such a pleasure to work with you to make this day so special for our staff. Siri"

Siri Childs, Pharm D
Pharmacy Policy Office Chief
Department of Social & Health Services
Health & Recovery Services Administration
Division of Medical Benefits & Care Management
Medical Consulting & Pharmacy Policy Units
State of Washington

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Doug Dammrose, MD
Senior Vice President & Medical Director,
Blue Cross of Idaho
Meridian, ID

...I fully support Delfini's approach...I believe it is the right way...I can highly recommend the Delfini faculty...

"According to the Dartmouth Atlas Project, lumbar spine surgery is four times greater in Idaho than most areas of the country. Recently the Delfini Group conducted two evidence-based training sessions where Idaho spine surgeons actively participated in evaluating the evidence regarding surgery and other modalities for lumbar back pain and discussed ways to improve patient care in this area.

I believe the evidence-based approach used by Delfini is the right way to approach inappropriate variation in healthcare. I fully support Delfini’s step-wise approach to assessing medical technologies.

If we are to assure that our patients receive appropriate care, we as health care professionals must be able to search for and critically appraise the medical literature and commit to a statement about the quality of the evidence before making recommendations to others. Only then can we have informed discussions with our patients and colleagues about reasonable management strategies. One of the biggest problems in healthcare is that new diagnostic and therapeutic interventions are instituted without the support of good science.

I can highly recommend the Delfini faculty:

  • They were extremely well-prepared and knowledgeable about applied EBM
    The lectures and exercises provided a comfortable, non-threatening environment and were well received by the spine surgeons.
  • They are enthusiastic presenters, knowledgeable, and clearly dedicated to improving clinical care through the appropriate use of science."

Doug Dammrose, MD
Senior Vice President & Medical Director of Blue Cross of Idaho

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