Based in Glenshaw, Pa., Flipside Media has become one of the region’s top software development/consulting companies, designing and creating solutions for a variety of markets with a focus on the health care industry.
Opening its doors in the late 1990s, Flipside Media specializes in creating web-enabled software on the open source Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP (LAMP) platform, bringing to the table extensive experience in current development practices.
Brad Ummer, Owner and President at Flipside, said the majority of Flipside’s work is done with health care companies.
“Pretty much everything we’ve done over the last 20 years has all been from word of mouth and from previous customers who like what we do,” Ummer said.
“Probably about two-thirds of our work is in some way related to the health care industry,” Ummer said. “So we collect lots of data in a HIPAA-compliant manner, analyze that data in some way, doing reports for compliance or other specific ways the data needs to be presented, and it’s usually collected either on the web or with mobile devices.”
Health care isn’t the only field Flipside works with, however. It also provides services for universities, research institutions, businesses, government and even startups. Just some of Flipside’s additional services include database-driven application development, mobile application production services and technical support for systems with thousands of users, according to the company’s website.
“Pretty much everything we’ve done over the last 20 years has all been from word of mouth and from previous customers who like what we do,” Ummer said. “Almost every client we’ve ever had, we’ve continued to have a relationship with over the years. We’re still doing work with some of the big ones like the ADA (American Diabetes Association), UPMC, University of Pittsburgh. We’re doing long-term projects with them.”
Ummer said Flipside likes to focus on projects with smaller start-ups, too, which is just one priority for the company moving forward.
“We’ve had a number of different startups in the area who have needed some development resources put forth for the projects they’re putting together,” he said. “We’ll oftentimes partner with them; we’ll do a lot of development work for them and then run that aspect of their company for any number of years after that.”
The fact that Flipside does a good share of its work with health care services makes the job especially rewarding at times for Ummer and his employees.
“Most of the work that we’re doing we feel is for a better cause,” Ummer said. “We do a lot of work with chronic care; we’ve been working with diabetes stuff since the late ’90s. That’s been a big goal of ours. We’re not only just helping our customers. We’re helping the customers of our customers to accomplish their goals.”