Phil Sheridan
Phil Sheridan, M.D.
Extended Care Information Network

Dr. Sheridan is a board-certified, practicing pulmonologist. He is the founder of the Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation, a not-for profit mobile medical unit providing asthma care to inner city children. Dr. Sheridan also was co-founder of Extended Care Information Network and American Health Care Partnership. He received his medical degree at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine where he was chief fellow of the lung transportation program. Dr. Sheridan earned an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from Williams College.

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QHow did you start ECIN?

AWhile I was a fellow at Loyola University in critical care, I got a call from my co-founder John Croghan, who was a fellow at Johns Hopkins in geriatrics. He asked me if I was having difficulty getting patients out of the hospital. I said, "I can't get patients out of the intensive care unit because all the beds on the floor are filled with patients. So the answer is 'yes,' and it's making my day a lot longer."

QWhat did that lead to?

AWhen John finished his fellowship we started to put an idea together to help match patients leaving hospitals with extended care facilities, nursing homes, and rehab centers.

QA good idea, and I know from talking with Jeff Surges that it eventually resulted in a $100 million sale to Allscripts, but how did it really start?

AWe sent out an unsolicited, 10-page questionnaire to 300 extended care facilities in the Chicagoland area. We asked if they would be interested in being part of a database that might be used by hospitals to place patients in facilities like theirs. Fifty percent of them came back indicating they'd love to be part of this.

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