Helping Clinicians Enhance Quality of Care

Altarum helps providers improve patient outcomes and overall efficiency by leveraging health IT and transformative tools.

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Altarum works with public insurers and clinical practices to improve patient outcomes and overall efficiency by optimizing clinical and office workflow and adopting and implementing health information technology.

Our Approach

We help clinicians improve care quality, reduce costs, participate in CMS’s Quality Payment Program and prepare for advanced Alternative Payment Models. Our quality improvement advisors work directly with medical and behavioral health practices to select quality measures, implement clinical and office workflow changes, and use health information technology data to drive quality improvements. 


Altarum has helped over 6,000 clinicians drive transformation in health care that impacts millions of patients. Our protocols for using electronic health records to identify undiagnosed hypertensive and diabetic patients have increased important early treatments for these diseases. And our work on the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network—a  CMS-funded collaboration among 36 universities, health systems, and independent practices—has saved more than $49 million in health care costs.

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Gregory Makris

Gregory Makris  - MD

Medical Director and Deputy Director, Appropriate Care

Areas of Expertise
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Electronic Health Record Integration
  • Quality Improvement & Clinical Decision Support

Greg Makris is Altarum’s medical director for the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network—part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative. He develops evidence-based guidelines and best practices for practitioners in clinical accuracy and EHR integration. He also administers Altarum's continuing medical education program. Greg holds a medical doctorate from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Judy Varela

Judy Varela  - RHIA

Director, Appropriate Care

Areas of Expertise
  • Meaningful Use
  • Health IT Adoption
  • Health Data Interoperability

Judy Varela oversees the development and delivery of services offered by the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption, a program that helps Michigan providers adopt health IT and navigate program requirements for becoming a meaningful user of certified technology. Judy holds a bachelor's degree in health record administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and is certified as a registered health information administrator by the American Health Information Management Association.