BALTIMORE, August 17, 2015 – Inc. magazine has ranked Audacious Inquiry #1611 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Dell, Under Armour, LinkedIn, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

This marks Ai’s 5th consecutive year of being recognized on the Inc. 5000. Ai further distinguished itself as part of an elite group of approximately one-fifth of the companies listed annually that have earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 for five years in a row. Ai has steadily climbed in the Inc. 5000 results, initially entering the list at #2735 in 2011.

Since 2008, Ai has grown from less than a dozen employees to over 65 full time staff. Health IT solutions and services provided by Ai have propelled the company’s growth, along with its nationally recognized expertise and partnerships with several statewide health information organizations. Ai has built and marketed its own care coordination-enabling solution called Encounter Notification Service® (ENS®) which enables notifications to be sent to healthcare stakeholders in real time. The ENS service offers critical insights to physicians, hospitals, and health systems, while providing measurable value to payers.  Beginning in 2011 with Maryland’s statewide HIE, called CRISP, to present day, Ai has now deployed the ENS platform for over 12 million subscribed patients in Maryland and Washington DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Florida.

“It is exciting to earn a place on the Inc. 5000 annual list. This year holds even more significance for Ai because this is our 5th year in a row, and the quality and performance of the thousands of companies considered for recognition were highly impressive,” stated Chris Brandt, Ai Managing Partner.

Mr. Brandt further commented, “Our ascent in the rankings over five consecutive years reflects steadfast teamwork, commitment and perseverance in delivering results for our customers. Today’s current U.S. healthcare delivery system and care coordination platforms are ripe for transformation and modernization. We look forward to more opportunities to continue expanding Ai’s market leadership.”

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion. The qualifications for inclusion on the Inc. 5000 take into account three-year revenue growth, minimum sales thresholds, and several other corporate and pro forma criteria. Companies across a wide range of industries are surveyed for inclusion, and must be privately held and U.S.-based for consideration. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles, can be found at

Past industry recognition for Ai has also included the following:  Ernst & Young (EY) awarded Chris Brandt, Founder and Managing Partner of Audacious Inquiry, the EY 2014 Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in the health category in Maryland. In addition, SmartCEO magazine has named Ai one of its Future 50-50 fast-growth, mid-sized companies that represent the future of Baltimore’s economy and embody the entrepreneurial spirit critical for leadership and success.

About Audacious Inquiry (Ai)

Ai leverages domain expertise in health information policy and technology to offer bold technology solutions that are leading the way to smarter delivery of healthcare. Commercial, government and nonprofit healthcare organizations have turned to Ai to rethink how health information is shared, managed, leveraged, and protected. Ai’s implementation of master data management (MDM) tools to enable health information exchange has set the standard for health information organizations throughout the nation. Ai’s Encounter Notification Service® solution provides reliable, real-time notifications and clinical summaries to primary care providers, payers and other healthcare stakeholders of patient hospitalizations. ENS® offers a more efficient and cost-effective way to coordinate care.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000


The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue, and represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000.

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