From Anon: "Re: McKesson. Layoffs Friday, specifically in Provider Technologies. About 120 employees." I heard that from a couple of people, one of whom put the number at 400-500, but saw no announcement.
From SpeedD: "Re: Meditech. I have heard a rumor that Meditech is allowing employees to buy stock this year." I e-mailed the press contact for confirmation, but haven’t received a response.
From The PACS Designer: "Re: Windows 7. InformationWeek has an excellent video on the key features of the upcoming release of Windows 7, which is expected to happen in late September. TPD likes the DirectAccess, AppLocker, and the Branch Caching feature in this new enterprise software application. Another nice feature is when you are on the Internet, you are automatically connected to the enterprise server, so you have the same application look that you would have at your employer’s headquarters." Link.
From Bobby Orr: "Re: APACHE. Cerner did buy that and Project Impact and tried to combine them into a Web-based tool called Critical Outcomes (or something along those lines). Don’t know of anyone using the new tool but it seems like everyone still running some version of APACHE."
From Gene D’Machine: "Re: IBM’s healthcare practice. Half of them laid off, I hear." I heard that, too. IBM certainly seems to be doing all it can to alienate providers right as it tries to get business from them.
Chicago weather: 1-2 inches of snow Sunday (I’m writing this Saturday) and a high of 50 this weekend for HIMSS. Not exactly San Diego, is it? The coat check girls will make a fortune.
Speaking of Chicago, the Tribune covers the business affairs of new White House healthcare czar Nancy-Ann DeParle: she made at least $3.5 million over two years from fees and stock gains, the White House won’t allow her to be interviewed and wouldn’t answer questions about her business history, and neither she nor the White House have released any financial disclosures.
Trey Lauderdale of Voalte, Inc. has arranged an informal NCAA viewing party after the HIStalk HIMSS event Monday evening at Theory sports bar, 9 W. Hubbard St. (a couple of blocks from the Trump). If you’re still hungry, they serve upscale barbeque and Mexican and they’ve got $5 burgers on Monday, which beats the heck out of Sysco prisoner food at the convention center or the usual room service blandwiches that leave you stuffed but unsatisfied. I think Trey is buying the beer. If Theory fills up, he’s got some backup bars next door.
EHR Scope has a new spring edition ready for download. It has several articles on EHR selection and implementation.
Thanks much to new HIStalk Platinum Sponsor Cumberland Consulting Group of Brentwood, TN, which has grown to over 50 employees in its six-year existence. It’s a 2008 Music City Future 50 winner and a Consulting Magazine 2008 Best Small Firm to Work For winner. I like this statement: "Reflecting on their Big 4 consulting background, Cumberland’s founding partners were struck by the waste of talent that occurred because of competing priorities and big company bureaucracy." What they do: IT planning, systems selection, implementation, PM, and IT improvement, and just about everything EMR related. I checked the HIMSS directory and it looks like managing partner Jim Lewis will be holding down the fort at Booth 4475, so please let stop by and them you that you appreciate their support of HIStalk like I do.
Speaking of HIMSS, our annual guide to what HIStalk’s sponsors are doing there will be ready for your online reading and downloading shortly. Please show those folks a little booth-visiting love in your exhibit hall travels. Their support of HIStalk and its readers is entirely voluntary and self-initiated: they e-mail for information, I e-mail it to them, and sometimes they e-mail back that they’re in (and many times, don’t). Inga and I don’t advertise, solicit, take calls, provide fancy statistics, reveal our identities or location, or otherwise hand-hold prospective sponsors (I just don’t have the time, working full time in a hospital, and I figure it’s pretty clear what we do here). You can see how cool they are by keeping an eye out for "We Power HIStalk" signs in the HIMSS exhibit hall and stopping by for a howdy. I’ll be doing that myself (incognito, of course).
Everybody likes to speculate who Oracle will buy next, apparently unfazed by the historical 99% rate of being wildly wrong. With a Red Hat rumor in the air, one research firm takes some swags that include Allscripts and Cerner in healthcare. At least the addition of Allscripts is new.
Olympus Medical Center (WA) gets approval for a $2 million GE Centricity practice EMR purchase. This board member must know hospital IT: "There are going to be changes. I just feel them. And I think all of them are going to cost money."
The Orange County Business Journal profiles Sheldon Razin, founder and chairman of Quality Systems Inc. (the NextGen people), saying he took $2,000 of his own money and created a company now worth $1.4 billion. I should have bought shares: they’re up 2,000% since 2000 and even up 10% so far this year.
New on HIStech Report: our interview with Gary Zegiestowsky, CEO of Informatics Corporation of America, which has commercialized Vanderbilt-developed clinical technology that, in Gary’s words, "leverages data across clinical settings and aids decision-making and improved patient outcomes."
Interesting: WSJ covers "brain gyms," where members "work out" with mental fitness software. Scientific evidence is lacking, but previous research found that the brain can rewire itself with new neural connections in response to mental activity, such as cognitive training. Sounds like a good business to get in on early.
Emageon announces that the company has settled what it says is a meritless lawsuit against its acquisition by AMICAS. It also reports that revenue was down 34% in 2008, with net losses of over $42 million.
I saw Dennis Quaid in a very confusing and awful movie called Vantage Point last week. He had a strange expression throughout, looking crinkle-nosed like he had just gotten a whiff of some foul odor (I think that was his effort to convey discipline and focus). Not even close to his excellent Right Stuff performance. Perhaps he’ll show clips at HIMSS.
Odd lawsuit: a teenager having her tonsils removed in 2006 falls as nurses tried to help her sit up on the OR table. She claims headaches and files suit (three years later) for $8,000 in medical expenses and $992,000 for suffering, future medical expenses, and disability. Who wants to be a millionaire?