Kim Kerr (CEO)

Image result for FarewellSeveral years ago, a couple of associates from other lives came to me and asked if I was interested in starting a new compliance data and CVO business.  I had retired…again and was busy doing volunteer work, hanging with my wife, children, and grandchildren and doing what most retirees are doing. We had long chats about the underserved full healthcare provider data world and having worked in Investigations, Event Security, background screening and medical provider data in past lives, I felt the idea of building a company that was nimble, more accurate, with great analytics over the top was indeed intriguing.

I saw a plan for building using cloud based systems, screamingly fast technology with security next to none in this space.  Deep and wide data beyond anything I’d ever seen before.  All Federal, State Exclusion, and board data plus CVO services with all relevant data at a great price was a reality!  No holes, no delays, no excuses.  What we had was a robust plan for a real continuous monitoring product line of all data familie! Bam! Our solution was more than just putting lipstick on a pig. It was a real solution.

Having been up close and personal with another similar provider, I quickly saw that Questin Francis, who would become the CTO of this new enterprise, had cracked the code in so many ways.  And the old song and dance of older, better, more data was washed away in an instant.  I was in.

What a great ride.  In the intervening years I became a part of a great family of professionals; partnered with great customers and vertical partners and a healthy work culture. TyphoonDATA offers a better way for their employees, and their customers.  It aligns with the Health in Healthcare.

The baby was born, began to crawl and eventually walked.  Today, it is running… So it’s back to retirement I go.  I’m ready to turn the page.  TyphoonDATA is successfully serving  the healthcare compliance and consumer reporting industries.

Thanks to Questin and Dan for their partnership, the investors that believed in us, and the great employees of TyphoonDATA.

Vaya con Dios…

Until we meet again along the road.


Recently Bloomberg Businessweek published an article entitled, Why Medicare Keeps Paying Sketchy DoctorsBy John Tozzi, David Armstrong and Caroline Chen. (May 1, 2014). In this article the authors discuss the sometimes loose data pass from the States to the Federal regulators data sets. Tozzi specifically references Gary Ordog, a California Doctor who is on the California Department of Health Care Services Medi-Cal, Suspended and Ineligible Provider List but not currently listed in the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A quick search of TyphoonDATA’s Standard Product returns a result for Dr. Ordog, meaning that this is an individual that may require additional research before you hire, contract or privilege.

Since my entry into this area of screening, I made the incorrect assumption that the data that originated at the various state levels transitioned into the various Federal repositories like HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) and became a part of the LEIE listings. Although improved, they are not quite there as the article points out.

For those of you in the traditional Screening business, this is similar to county criminal data that moves to a state repository. There is sometimes a delay or it doesn’t quite make the pass.

In screening those individuals in the hiring motion or compliance motion, organizations are still using sometimes overlapping sources to make sure a problem is not invited through the door. So checking all the various sources is a business imperative especially with the new mandates under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better known as Obamacare.

Although Exclusions are only published in the Private Sector in only 32 States (and growing!), the need to ensure your search effectiveness your provider needs to be aggressively layering the data sources and identity mapping. The data might be there, but the searching algorithms may be less than optimal.

TyphoonDATA has a solution we call our “STANDARD” product that would mitigate this happening at your organization. Give it a look!

If you would like to discuss our thoughts and solutions, give us a call at 800-780-5901 or contact me at