From Dumbfounded: “Re: Bond Technologies. Heard that Bond was being sold to MediNotes, with an announcement forthcoming.” Unverified.
From The PACS Designer: “Re: Digitally Connected Patient. TPD mentioned a new concept called Digitally Connected Patient or DCP in the HIStalk interview of last year. Now, Philips Research has released information on this subject. Here’s what they have to say ‘Philips Research’s main involvement in the MyHeart project so far has been the development of wearable electronics and body sensors that can unobtrusively detect and measure vital body signs such as heart rate and breathing rate, communicate and analyze the acquired data and provide feedback to users or health providers.’ It will be interesting to hear from actual users on the pluses and minuses of such a concept.” Link.
From Henry Paterno: “Re: MD On-Line. I ran across their site. Any info?” I’ve not heard of them. Anyone?
From Rogue: “Re: offshoring. Can anyone confirm or deny that FCG or other consulting firms offshore clinical system build work? Anyone have experience with such an approach? If your native language is not English, do the nuances of ECG vs EEG vs EMG translate OK?”
From MSC Fan: “Re: OpenVista. I am biased on this topic, BUT your one-line report on Century City Doctors Hospital’s Medsphere go-live doesn’t really do justice to the accomplishment.” Well, at least now you’ve had twice as much of an attaboy with this second line. Hopefully they did it for their own benefit, not to get mentioned in HIStalk.
From Lenny Dykstra: “Re: downtime in Utah. University Hospital’s EMR goes through a nine-hour downtime. They’re a Cerner outfit.” Link.
I’m in Orlando, where it wasn’t too hot (mid-70s) but pouring rain and then very humid. Looks like HIMSS will be in the original west complex of the Orange County Convention Center, not the new expansion on the Peabody side. The signs are already out in the airport and around the convention center. Obvious sales guys are rolling in. Tourists and traffic are everywhere, of course, with lots of kids bouncing off any available walls. The airport security line leaving MCO looked about a mile long, so I’ve got that to look forward to later in the week. If you’re headed down, travel safely.
A correction from Visicu: the Philips acquisition closed and the stock now void, but it remains a corporation with a new shareholder and board under Philips. The people, office, and name haven’t changed.
Scott Shreeve isn’t impressed with PracticeFusion’s announcement of having 100 physician users of its free EMR.
An SVP from Raymond James & Associates asked if I could link to a two-minute survey they’re doing on HIT vendors. I took it and it’s quick and painless.
DSS announces its VistA system called vxVistA.
Speaking of VistA, the VA says it desperately needs updating, getting it off MUMPS and onto the Web.
Tamper resistant prescription pads must be used for Medicare beneficiaries by April 1 after a six-month delay.
Healthvision says it signed 60 projects in Q4, some involving new customers.
Merge Healthcare’s Q4 numbers: revenue flat, EPS -$4.17 vs. -$0.33. The company will continue frantically dropping ballast to try to keep the balloon of the ground, saying it may sell off its non-US businesses.
Sponsor Updates and Housekeeping
Care Management is the name of the newly launched clinician communication solution from Premise. Care Management is designed to improve patient flow by collecting and displaying data from various clinical systems and includes proactive alert and communication tools.
Design Clinicals announces MedsTracker 2.0, which includes enhancements to the medication reconciliation process.
Novo Innovations will announce Monday enhancements to make physician lab ordering easier.
I got a preview of Active Data Services (booth 3787) I’m Not INGA! Buttons and it has led me to wonder: if someone creates a 1500 buttons with your name on it, does it make you an icon? It’s all pretty heady.
GE Healthcare announces an $8.3 million agreement with Inova Health System in Virginia to provide 300 community physicians with Centricity EMR over the next four years.
Oakwood Healthcare in Michigan and Perot Systems announce that their implementation of NextGen’s EMR and EPM is delivering positive results and has increased revenue cycle and operational performance as well as cash collections. Perot is implementing NextGen’s products at Oakwood’s 38 physician practices.
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary selects McKesson’s Paragon community HIS and plan to implement the clinical, financial, and ancillary applications