From G-Ray: “Re: RHIOs. I was wondering if your readers have any real information on the differences (if any) between HIEs and RHIOs.”
From Miles J. Bennell: “Re: Epic’s campus. I thought you would find these interesting. A client visiting Epic’s campus and took these pictures. Nice looking campus, although I really question their taste in art (see the very large chicken picture).” Link. Definitely cow-tipping country. Like Microsoft’s relocating intentionally to the dreary Northwest to keep the non-work distractions down, the location is perfect for getting fun-loving kids to work too many hours. Like in My Cousin Vinny, “I bet the Chinese food in this town is terrible.”
From Martin Jensen: “Re: HealthVault. While I was away at a conference last week, my partner took it as an opportunity to learn animation. He posted his first cartoon on our new HITCHtv.net website. I think you’ll enjoy it. Check out ‘HealthFault from Microsoft.'” Link. Those Healthcare IT Transition Group folks (Michael and Marty) are funny and smart. I haven’t figured out exactly how their business model works, but it’s fun.
From John Harris: “Re: MSFT. Even Harvard experts think MSFT can sovle the HIT ‘problem’. I did post a link for him back to your blog as recommended reading from an expert on the industry :-)” Link. The Harvard Business Online guy asks the question, “Is Microsoft’s approach on target or do you favor a government-led solution?” Do we only get two choices?
Listening: I was premature in calling Ziggy Stardust the best album ever. I’m now convinced it’s Forever Changes, circa 1967, by Love. Remarkably fresh and brilliant from the tragic, late Arthur Lee and bandmates. I’ve played it constantly for two days.
Scott Shreeve evaluates doctor social networking site Sermo: “Knowledge Prostitution Enabling Aggregated Voyeurism: Is This a Business Model?” Sermo is allowing drug companies to buy their way into the site to influence its doctor members. It’s like Internet porn with (clothed) docs being watched with creepy intensity by salivating drug companies. Big Pharma 2.0.
My newsletter editorial going out tomorrow: “Where Good Products Go to Die: The Elephant’s Graveyard of Conglomerate-Acquired Products.” Finish this sentence: “Base on that title, surely company being referred to is ____”.
Cerner’s user conference drew 6,700 attendees to Kansas City last week.
Michael Stearns is promoted to president of e-MDs.
Speaking of Eclipsys, the company is bailing on Boca and moving its headquarters to Atlanta. I guess the traffic wasn’t bad enough there.
Picis announces the release of CareSuite Extelligence Anesthesia 3.0, its anesthesia care business analytics system. The OR version is coming soon.
HIMSS ties the knot with some kind of emergency medical response advocacy group. Roger, Rampart 1.
Here’s a Misys press release about EMRs that contains no news. Maybe that’s why it’s running only on some German stock site.
Microsoft gets further into Cisco’s unified communications business.
The medical division of Philips turns in a disappointing Q3, blaming US regulatory changes for imaging systems.
InterSystems gets a big Cache’ deal with the VA.
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