Someone who should know tells me that the “Juan Garcia” rumor is true on two fronts: he served as a CIA drug interdiction guy in South America and he was approached about one or more GE leadership positions, although he’s got it pretty good at Eclip … I mean, the company at which “Juan Garcia” works.
Graham Barnes is named CEO of BidShift. Zero healthcare experience, according to the press release.
Courts may impose sanctions on Northern Westchester Hospital (NY) for destroying OR schedules. The hospital replaced its chief of anesthesiology, who of course brought in his own anesthesia group. The former group, which had served the hospital for over 25 years, accused the hospital of conspiring with the new chief to destroy their practice and is suing the hospital. They say the OR schedules would prove that the new group was given first shot at business.
A Flash video of the press conference announcing athenahealth’s purchases of a 53-acre campus in Maine features Jonathan Bush’s comments to the locals. Fast forward to 21:40 to bypass the politicians and get right to JB, who leads off with some well-delivered standup material. “Carol Woodcock’s here from Senator Collins office … thank you very much for coming and for all the help that Senator Collins has brought us. Thank you for the notes and the pictures and the grants and the cigars and Blair, waiting at the dock while I tried to find it to bring the kids because I didn’t have anyone to take care of the kids, but I wanted to get a look at the facility and, you know, I never really paid for what they did to the seats in your Suburban, Mark, and I apologize for that. I’ll make it up to you at some point … when people ask me, why Maine, and I don’t have all the witnesses, I usually … well, when people ask me anything, I use that as an opportunity to talk about myself more broadly, so why don’t I do that? We started athenahealth …” Luckily, all the politicians were sitting directly behind him, providing more convenient lip access to his posterior. Well, he is darned charismatic and politicians love job growth.
Speaking of videos, this one from a DC newscast says that the faculty practice at George Washington University is saving lots of paper after its move to Allscripts (calculated at 182,000 trees a year).
Listening: The Dictators, polished, good-natured, and influential New York proto-punk from the early 1970s. Reader tip.
Omnicell will buy mobile cart vendor Rioux Vision for $26 million in cash.
New poll to your right: should CIOs consider open source enterprise apps?
CTO John Bosco is promoted to CIO at The North Shore-LIJ Health System.
HealthcareITJobs.com drew quite a few position listings and advertiser interest at Friday’s kickoff. Check the jobs, sign up for weekly job alerts, and (if you’re an employer) post your jobs for free until January.
Vince Ciotti passes along news that Art Randall, former McAuto sales exec, has died of cancer. “Anyone who worked at McDonnell-Douglas couldn’t fail but remember Art’s great sense of humor, fiercely competitive spirit in the HIS sales world, and indomitable leadership style. In that primarily engineering-oriented aerospace firm, sales was not given as high priority as it deserved, and Art fought the good fight during his decades there, giving the ex-IBM sales crowd at rival SMS a run for their (your) money. What I remember most about Art was his incredible diverse talents: he could repair clocks, restore old cars, write articles on ANY subject in minutes, and give speeches that left audiences entertained and educated. A larger-than life, Protean charmer, Art will be sorely missed. Condolences to his many friends and family.” A scholarship fund in his memory can be reached at: USSVI, Attn: Art Randall, PO Box 3870, Silverdale, WA 98383.
Michael Malone is named president and COO of RemedyMD. Gary Kennedy remains chairman and CEO.
Health First (FL) will present at IHI next week, saying VISICU’s eICU system has saved 82 lives.
Dennis Tribble, CTO of ForHealth Technologies, is named chairman-elect of ASHP’s informatics and technology section.
Christ Hospital (OH), permitted by court order to pull out of Health Alliance, says Health Alliance threatened to cut off its information systems when the hospital started moving admissions offsite. The hospital has filed an injunction.
Art Vandelay on Revenue Cycle Applications
Reader question: can you elaborate on your comments about revenue cycle product reinvigoration?
Vendors will soon re-architect aged revenue cycle platforms, such as INVISION, MedSeries4, STAR, HealthQuest, and Eclipsys SDK. These apps are older than most college graduates. Should we kick them out of the house or at least put them on notice that they need to improve? We will also need to prepare their “adopted mothers” (the staunch supporters of the app who are leery of change) for that possibility.
They do the basics pretty well. However, adding user interactive functions and meeting regulatory changes will be hard because of their aged architectures. Did any of these vendors add advanced work queues, compliance management, or contract management natively in their apps after all those years of being asked? No. They did it through Stockamp, HSS, Trego, or bolt-ons (Pathways Compliance Advisor, Contract Management). ICD-10, combined inpatient/outpatient payments, and medical error reporting are coming. They can either (a) build it in, or (b) bolt on to somebody else’s product. Old technologies encourage (b).
Many vendors have made minimal investment in revenue cycle products in the past five to 10 years. They’re collecting licensing fees and riding the hype wave to deliver new clinical systems. How many of them built those new clinical systems on their revenue cycle platform? Not a single one.
I expect that investments will shift between major clinical systems and revenue cycle systems.