From The PACS Designer: “Re: Internet tools. TPD has noticed that the number of new tools for implementing an Internet strategy is expanding at a rapid rate. This expansion of tool options is attracting more inquiries about how to best deploy information over the web. Since healthcare has been slow to adapt an Internet strategy, it might be the time to give web solutions another look since funding new purchases could be difficult with the current declining revenue base. Since web strategies can be cheaper than thick client applications, it deserves consideration by procurement planners.”
From Rolly NC: “Re: Misys. In addition to the departure of Jim Brady at PayerPath, Betty Feth, another 20-plus year SVP at Misys, has left her job in implementation and service. Kelly Ross, the former sales SVP for Hospital Systems who was recently named by Vern Davenport as sales VP for community sales, resigned two days later and was asked to leave immediately. Paul Lewis, hired by Mike Lawrie to run all of sales and service, no longer has sales and only half the services side. Sales VPs and directors are reporting to Vern until someone new is named.” Partially confirmed so far.
From CCHIT and Die: “Re: 2007 certification. NextGen and Greenway are the first two vendors announced to have earned 2007 CCHIT ambulatory compliance. Those standards are supposed to be harder to pass than the 2006 ones, where it appeared that they were handing them out to anything that could remotely labeled an EMR. It will be interesting to see which 2006 products don’t pass 2007 muster, although at $30,000 a pop, it’s in CCHIT’s best interest to certify everyone.”
From Jim the Waco Kid: “Re: HFMA. Have been at the HFMA-ANI show and heard HMS and SSI are now partners.” True – announced this week. HMS will enhance its revenue cycle products with SSI’s EDI offerings.
From Nasty Parts: “Re: Sage. Rumor of Sage layoffs is true. A non-visionary bean counter is trying to cut his way to profitability. Operational regions have been cut from four to two. Layoffs were senior leaders of the consolidated regions and special project staff. The company had two decent quarters of revenue because of inside sales slamming NPI upgrades. It’s a shame – Intergy is a well-built system.”
From Hedley Lamarr: “Re: Dairyland Healthcare Solutions. Heard it from a solid source that DHS was bought out by Francisco Partners. Big changes to come…” Confirmed. The private equity firm has acquired Dairyland, a community hospital systems vendor, and changes are already underway. CEO Alan Grundei is gone. FP has brought in John Trzeciak to replace him (he was a co-founder of Health Systems International and was installed as interim CEO of LYNX Medical when FP bought that company.) I’ll have to talk to Jon Philips again – I’m intrigued that, other than athenahealth’s impending IPO, all the action is all private equity instead of the public market.
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Pitt County Memorial Hospital (NC) gets a $3 million Duke Endowment grant for HealthSpan, a clinical system spanning both the hospital and Eastern Carolina University’s school of medicine.
Two DoD medical agencies are trying to stifle military use of the Joint Patient Tracking Application so they can spend millions building their own, this article claims. The system’s developer criticized the agencies in front of a House committee, after which he was transferred from Washington to “bureacratic Siberia.” “At stake are billions of dollars. Through fiscal 2006, AHLTA alone cost Defense $775 million to develop and deploy. The system’s fiscal 2007 budget is $392 million. By comparison, the Joint Patient Tracking Application system cost less than $1 million to develop and $2 million a year to maintain. In addition, the Web-based patient-tracking systems are more useful to doctors, according to a paper prepared by a team of combat clinicians serving in Iraq. The system ‘is the only record that has visibility throughout the evacuation chain,’ according to the paper. ‘It is easy to access anywhere that we have Internet, it is easy to enter key progress [notes, X-rays, lab and operation] report data in a quick read stream that answers most coordination of care issues at a glance.'”
Two medical practices are suing Bond Medical Group and Bond Technologies for a refund and damages. They say Bond Clinician didn’t live up to the company’s claims that it could reduce paper and improve billing accuracy.
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