Mosaica Partners was formed to advance the quality of healthcare. Our specific goal is to improve the quality and availability of health information, specifically the information related to a patientís personal health.
Laura Kolkman, the founder of Mosaica Partners first became aware of better ways to collect, store and make available a patient's personal medical information while working as a nurse. In that position she witnessed a number of extremely inefficient practices around the collection, storage and retrieval of patient's personal health information. Unfortunately, she also witnessed how those inefficient processes could negatively affect patients and their families when all the necessary information was not available.
This was back in 1984 and had a profound effect on Laura. Believing that there was a role for computers to improve the processes she was witnessing, Laura decided to go back to school to pursue an advanced degree in computer science, thinking she would be able to combine her nursing background and computer knowledge to the problem. In 1987, Laura graduated from Western Michigan University with a MS in Computer Science.
At that time, she was given the opportunity to join the Upjohn Company where she rose in the ranks to become Senior Director, Business Solution Development - Global R & D. She had staff -- and often traveled to -- locations in America, England, Sweden, Italy and Japan. For part of this time she was based in London. She had kept her nursing license current and she occasionally wondered how computers and information technology were impacting the availability of patients' personal health information.
Shortly after Pharmicia and Upjohn merged with Monsanto, Laura was offered an opportunity to join Arrow Electronics in the position of VP of IT for Northern Europe. In her new position, she was again based in London and traveled extensively through Europe. After 9/11 and the resultant turmoil, Laura decided to return to America. There, she accepted a position as VP, Applications with PharMerica Corporation a wholesale pharmacy organization that served long term care facilities. She rose to the position of CIO.
All throughout this time, Laura had continued to wonder about the advances that had been made in the integration of patient information, management processes and information technology. After doing some initial research, Laura decided to investigate the situation further and began a personal research project to answer her question. What she discovered dismayed her. What she found was that little had actually changed since she left clinical practice in 1987!
As a result of what she found, Laura decided to rededicate herself to improving the quality of healthcare through the use of computing power; to improve the quality and availability of patients' health information. In 2005, she formed Kolkman Associates to provide healthcare consulting services, continued her research and joined a number of health care computing and informatics organizations.
In 2006, Laura realized that what health care informatics was facing was really a change management issue with a technology component; it was not just a technology problem. Again, she began a personal research project to determine what was required to solve the problem. It was that research that resulted in Laura forming a new organization that brought together the additional elements needed to effectively address the real problem. She named the new organization Mosaica Partners in recognition of the fact that it would take many different pieces -- and a multi-disciplinary approach -- to resolve this problem.
At Mosaica Partners, Laura combined her own clinical, computing and information management capabilities with proven change management and consulting methods and processes. Laura wove those pieces together; adding her strong belief that the only successful solution approaches to the problem had to be consumer or patient-centric.
Now, one woman's individual quest has become an organization's quest.
Mosaica Partners is comprised of experienced professionals with extensive experience in clinical practice, information technology, change management, and consulting methods and processes.The firm utilizes a core staff of full time professionals and an extended network of highly qualified associates. Together they bring the necessary skills and competencies to help organizations develop sound strategies and approaches to improve the collection, storage and availability of personal health information.