From The Watchman: "Re: Epic. I hear that Judy Faulkner is telling newly signed clients to not use consultants, sending her own instead. Word is she was out at Dartmouth and at NYU saying the same thing."
From Carpluv: "Re: HITECH. If my practice is on a Stark-sponsored hospital ASP, will we still get the stimulus that totals $41,000?"
Inga worked hard to interview Glen Tullman of Allscripts in the pre-dawn hours this morning, so look for that to follow. I’ve given her the night off as her Employee of the Month award, so I’m solo-posting this time.
TEPR non-attendance and this should be scaring the bejeebers out of HIMSS: GE Healthcare cancels its August User Summit, citing customer travel cutbacks.
Community Medical Center (PA) signs for SIS.
TPD mentioned IPv6, the solution to running out of IP addresses worldwide. Here’s an article about it, co-authored by a VP from Stratus Technologies, an HIStalk sponsor.
This is odd but probably a good idea: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital offers employees a class in minimizing their foreign accents to sound more American. A bit steep at $2,300 considering the hospital benefits as well as the employee, but it’s still cool.
Rotherham NHS bails out of NPfIT to bid its own EMR contract, unwilling to wait for Lorenzo to be ready. They will issue their award shortly in a deal expected to exceed $50 million.
IBM announces software that will transfer medical device data into a PHR. IBM says it built the product following Continua’s guidelines. That’s kind of interesting, assuming doctors will find it convenient to get the information from the PHR. Since most of them wouldn’t have access to home monitoring data otherwise, maybe they’ll use it.
Terry Ragon, founder of InterSystems and co-founder of the former IDX, donates $100 million to Mass General with the goal of developing an AIDS vaccine within ten years. He’s also convinced several scientists to join up with the new institute bearing his name instead of working in their individual silos. All the money spent on Cache’ licenses and maintenance fees by users of MEDITECH, Epic, and a bunch more HIT vendors will at least go back to a worthy healthcare cause. That’s an amazing gift.
Inside Healthcare Computing has opened up its new Electronic Library, an archive of articles from that newsletter and its HIS Insider acquisition that’s available to everyone. Full articles are available from 2007 back, with more being added regularly. And while other publications and sites are awash in self-important policy analyses and spouting ivory tower eggheads, my guest contribution to the newsletter this week is My Lifelong Clock-Puncher’s Entrepreneurial Brainstorm: How the HIStalk Home Shopping Channel Will Make Me Rich. Don’t say I didn’t at least try to squelch the gloom and doom.
Sad: an elderly man injured in a traffic accident in Japan dies after being turned down by 14 EDs called by paramedics, reflecting lack of capacity in Japan’s hospital system. That’s not the record, though: one woman got shut out 49 times in Tokyo.
A UCLA photonics research group modifies a cheap cell phone with around $50 worth of parts to create a mobile lab for certain tests, such as CD4 or hematology. The device counts microparticles using a UCLA algorithm that’s 90% accurate. A biochemistry professor says, "What makes it quite valuable is that it is small and inexpensive. It’s also the scientific proof of a principle in its very early stages. Once the group puts more and more work into it there are going to be a huge number of applications that are going to come out."
Heart Imaging Technologies of Durham, NC, which makes the "100% client-free PACS" WebPAX system, announces a free Web site for patients to upload and share diagnostic-quality DICOM images. It allows anonymizing the images, has some PACS-like viewing tools, and provides discussion tools for each image in a kind of social networking wraparound to medical images. I’m not exactly sure how patients will use it, but it’s available for research and educational use as well.
Speaking of St. Clare, notice the ironic juxtaposition of the layoff story right by their paid recruiting ad.
A former employee of Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center (VA) is sentenced to a year in jail for using patient information from the hospital’s computer system to apply for loans in their names, then stealing the loan checks from the mail.
Red Hat announces a call for papers for its Red Hat Summit in Chicago, September 1-4. Papers are due March 9.
Idiotic lawsuit: a golfer’s ball ricochets off a yardage marker on the course, hitting his eye hard enough to cause a permanent loss of sight. He’s suing the golf course, saying the owners should have warned him about the markers. "It’s not a frivolous, run-it-up-the-flagpole-and-see-who-salutes kind of thing," his lawyer assures.