From Rogue: "Re: Epic clients. Children’s Omaha, Fairview, Carilion Clinic, Sisters of Mercy Health System, Ohio State University Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Sutter Health, Cleveland Clinic. I cheated – I read the User Group Meeting brochure. Some of the dozens presenting." Thanks to all those who named clients, most of them in the comments to the earlier article asking for some names.
From Pistol Pete: "Re: Adventist. John McLendon, CIO of Bayfront Health System, is leaving to take the CIO job at Adventist Health System. No word on where Tim Thompson landed this time."
From The PACS Designer: "Re: presentation software. Mr. H has posted about TechSmith’s SnagIt being one of his favorite inexpensive software tools for capturing images and text for use elsewhere. TPD has also used SnagIt and has noticed the improvements to another TechSmith software tool called Camtasia Studio 5 that provides for better video presentations. The software would be a good solution for numerous medical image files that require additional annotation of data elements from CT and other modalities." Link. I’m a longtime Camtasia user as well and I agree that it’s just great. I have, in fact, used it to capture and annotate cine loops from PACS as you mentioned. It streams in Flash, so it’s fast and high quality.
From Rudy Washington: "Re: GE. Does anyone have any insights as to the future of GE’s HPA patient accounting system? HPA was originally developed by IDX many years ago. Are they migrating current clients to a new patient accounting system or do they plan to enhance and support HPA?"
Going back to the Misys-Lehman mess, some now-tarnished names were all over the March announcement. Lehman Brothers brought the money and Goldman Sachs brought the advice. I think there’s little doubt that only two outcomes are likely in the few weeks until the scheduled shareholder vote: (a) ValueAct Capital jumps in with the cash, or (b) the deal falls apart completely because conditions are terrible and the merger will be reevaluated in an entirely new and harsher light by both lenders and shareholders. Given a long and nearly unbroken string of Misys incompetence and/or bad luck, I wouldn’t want to bet either way.
Speaking of Lehman, they spent $309 million on IT in the most recent quarter. Other than the bankruptcy thing, I’m sure they’re happy to be Most Wired.
Conditions are are grim in Galveston, but at least UTMB’s IT department gets some nice kudos right on the main hospital web page. Sounds like they did a great job in recovering vital IT capabilities.
I don’t watch HIStalk’s stats too much, but Inga does, so she’s just squirming to have me mention that we’re on track for a record number of page views and visits this month unless everybody stops reading at once. So, please don’t.
The Madison paper runs a pun-laden preview of Epic’s user group meeting, currently underway with 3,900 attendees.
Listening: Hyppio FM, a hard-rocking Helsinki radio station that my little Aluratek thingie turned up. You can click the Listen link on the web page and tune in from there if you don’t have the gadget.
Pete Stark introduces a new HIT bill that would charge the federal government with creating standards and "creation of an open source HIT system that will be made available at little or not cost to providers." Open source expert Roger Maduro sent me this: "There are several sections recommending the use of open source software. It references VistA as a model but it leaves the door open to other open source solutions. This is a very big step for Congress."
Cerner gets its first Latin American customer, a 200-bed hospital in Chile.
Another Indian hospital mob attack: a doctor is assaulted over admission of a patient.
Little Company of Mary (CA) gets a local paper writeup for its medication management systems: smart pumps, a dispensing machine, and a barcoding packager.
I was looking at the results of a survey in which Alan Greenspan was voted most responsible for today’s dire economic conditions. You can ask him about that when he keynotes at HIMSS, at least if we’re not all selling apples on corners by then.
Microsoft may spin poor Vista sales, but actions speak louder than words: they’re already getting ready for developer testing of Windows 7. I’m sure those handful of hospitals actually thinking about rolling out Vista will pass now. I also noticed that MSFT is selling perennial cash cow Office Ultimate 2007 (including Access and Publisher) for just $60 to anybody with a .EDU e-mail address, which seems desperate (it’s a real perpetual license, not a subscription). Maybe they should replace Ballmer with Jerry Seinfeld.
Computer disks full of NHS employee information are lost in the mail while headed off to payroll outsourcer McKesson.
GE Healthcare and Cerner are going after a big PACS contract in Ireland valued at up to $175 million.
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, convinced by its marketing people that having a sensible, descriptive, and correctly spelled name is so 1990s, "rebrands" itself NorthShore University HealthSystem (they apparently have something against the space). The hospital claims it had "outgrown" its name (huh?) and offers this marketing gibberish as a half-hearted excuse: "The core of the new name/brand is ‘NorthShore,’ according to the firm. NorthShore not only signifies a geographic area — and a much broader terrain than ‘Evanston’ — but also serves as a state of mind. Prestige, quality and a favorable destination are a few of the attributes people say come to mind with the name NorthShore." What NorthShore brings to my mind is painfully obvious attempt at trendiness and a preoccupation with marketing BS. Just do your damned job and patients will show up in droves (the hospital is probably already full, for that matter, making the entire exercise even closer to pointless).
Speaking of rebranding, Dairyland is now Healthland (which we told you earlier). The company also announced the acquisition of Advanced Professional Software (which we told you earlier).
You know this article is going to fun from its subtitle: "Soldiers at the military hospital languished in part due to incompatible databases and dismal record keeping. Welcome to the Pentagon’s $20 billion medical-records boondoggle." It’s critical of AHLTA, saying it should never have been allowed to continue in the presence of the far superior VistA and did so only because of DoD arrogance. It also mentions a couple of things that I reported here long ago: that CHCS II was renamed AHLTA only because nobody could stand it and that former CIO Lt. Colonel Mike Fravell cranked out a $300K system that was better than the $5 billion AHLTA, which got him shipped off to South Korea for questioning the value of fat cat contractors like Northrop Grumman.
I’ve heard no announcement, but according to bid documents, the Mississippi Coastal HIE has chosen Medicity for its proof of concept, six-county RFP, with a three-year value not to exceed $3.5 million.
Who knew that Mayo Clinic is doing a joint venture with a disease management software vendor in the Netherlands?
Idiotic hospital lawsuit: Missouri hospitals are suing American Tobacco for $8 billion, claiming that they should be reimbursed for uncompensated care rendered to smokers.
HERtalk by Inga
Here are some thoughts about the whole Seinfeld/Microsoft/Apple discussion and whether Seinfeld is the right guy to deliver Microsoft’s marketing message. I loved Seinfeld. It was a classic 90s show. If you are over the age of 30, you can probably name all the main characters. Maybe you watched Seinfeld while you were sitting in front of your TV with your new 4.3 lb IBM ThinkPad 701C (50MHz 486DX2, 14.4 kbps modem, 540MB hard drive with 8MB RAM) with its very stable Windows 95 OS. When you see Jerry on those commercials, it just reminds you of those good old days when Bill Gates was first named the world’s richest person. Compare that to Justin Long, the Apple cutie (in a computer-nerd sort of way). Other than the Apple commercials, he is known for some silly movies, including the Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. If you missed the movie, the basic story line is that the small local gym misfits enter a dodgeball tournament to save the gym from the big corporate health fitness chain. Anyway, with those images in mind, does anyone really think paying millions for Jerry was a genius decision?
Nuance announces the release of Dragon Medical 10, which is said to recognize dictation nearly twice as fast as previous releases and to be 20% more accurate. Also included are new medical vocabularies, improved EMR integration, and regional accent support.
Secure authentication enthusiasts might enjoy this article. After the initial roll-out of its Epic system, Children’s Hospital Medical Center (OH) incorporated both RSA’s Secure ID tokens and Sentillion Identix fingerprint readers for medication prescribing and dispensing.
Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center, Princeton Healthcare System, Riverview Hospital, and Frederick Memorial Healthcare System are named 2008 QUEST Award winners. The QuadraMed-sponsored awards honor hospitals for innovative and impressive use of QuadraMed products.
Cerner completes its first sale in Latin America. Clínica Las Condes in Santiago de Chile will implement Millennium at its 220 bed hospital.
HP announces restructuring plans following the EDS acquisition. HP plans a 7.5% staff reduction (24,600 employees) worldwide over the next three years. Nearly half of the cuts will be in the US.
Speaking of layoffs, MedZilla.com reports that in August more than 25,000 new jobs were created in health care, with about 14,000 being hospital-based positions.
CAQH announces that providers now have a source for checking patient deductible balances online, at the point of care, and potentially any health plan. Insurers participating in the voluntary program cover an estimated 130 million lives.
Sounds like the Epic’s user group meeting is quite the affair. The event is following a Much Ado About Healthcare theme and Judy apparently dressed as Portia (of “Merchant of Venice” fame) as she welcomed attendees. Word is that having an extra 3,900 people in Verona caused some traffic snarls. On the agenda: Steven Levitt and Roy Blount, Jr. Meals are under a temporary tent and Epic is running 100 shuttle buses, according to local reports. If you are there, send us a update from the field.
athenahealth extends it business process services agreement with Perot Systems for an additional five years, extending a seven-year relationship.
Next time you need a massage, head over to the hospital. Health Forum, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association releases a survey indicating that more than 37% of hospitals offer one or more complementary and alternative medicine services, with massage therapy taking one of the top spots.