From Bright Idea?: “Re: DC HIE. What would happen to regional HIEs if the government goes national with an HIE of its own?” That refers to this news: Washington, DC’s Medicaid agency chooses MedPlus for its Medicaid-focused health information exchange. The pilot will involve three hospitals and six clinics, with analytics that allow public health officials to track outcomes and look for care gaps.
Moffitt Cancer Center (FL) names Mark Hulse, formerly of North Shore Medical Center (MA), as CIO.
More on Canadian government agency eHealth Ontario: it paid a $300-an-hour consultant’s eight-hour invoice stating that she consulted herself. It was a typo, but the agency paid it without question. The consultant works for a company that got a $268,000 PR contract for the agency ($300 an hour for PR help? Seriously?) She also billed $7,000 for writing a speech for eHealth Ontario’s CEO. Her husband is the managing partner for Courtyard Group, which got $2 million worth of no-bid contracts. CBC throws another punch in its salvo: the 30% bonus paid to the CEO after four months on the job was double the 15% maximum allowed, which the CEO says was pre-negotiated because she left Cancer Care Ontario before earning her bonus there. eHealth Ontario let three highly paid consultants go Thursday after the unflattering articles appeared, one of them an executive assistant being paid $212 an hour.
Speaking of eHealth Ontario, it discloses all salaries of over $100K on this page (subtract 10% to convert Canadian to American dollars). It’s a long list and the salaries seem awfully generous for government-hired technical people
Orchestrate Healthcare is now a Platinum Sponsor of HIStalk. The Greenwood Village, CO offers healthcare integration and technical expertise (HIEs, transactions, service oriented architecture, and integration tools like eLink, Bridges, Cloverleaf, Ensemble, and DataGate). Consultant resumes are here. The company won Best in KLAS 2008 in the technical services category. I thank them for supporting HIStalk and the folks who read it.
I got a nice note from Natalie Hodge, the pediatrician I mentioned who started her own company to help doctors start pediatrics concierge practices. She’s looking forward to the iPhone 3.0 and doing some Web infrastructure setup to get things rolling, she says.
I bought the MacBook and wasn’t disappointed: the twenty-something young lady who sold it to me at the Apple Store had spiked hair, lots of tattoos, and a gruesomely fascinating piece of silver jewelry implanted squarely between her middle two top teeth. I was infused with hipness by just being there.
A news site criticizes an Australian hospital for not yet implementing oncology software that was bought in November following 11 chemo overdoses, none of which cause patient harm. The Australian Medical Association is demanding that it be brought live, while the hospital says it’s still working on setup and training (note to the AMA: you don’t want to rush them). The software appears to be made by Australian vendor CharmHealth.
David Brailer and his Health Evolution Partners seem to have disappeared, so I thought I’d check their site to see if anything was happening. They just made an investment in Optimal Reading Services Group, an Alabama-based radiology reading service. It doesn’t sound all that innovative to me, but Brailer claims it is highly cost-effective, a good idea when the market wants imaging costs lowered. HEP has a lot of expensive talent, but I’m not seeing much in the way of results. You would think they would be buying up everything in sight at a big discount with the market down.
I’ve closed the poll on CCHIT, where 88% of 193 respondents said CCHIT is still under the influence of HIMSS. New poll to your right, featuring an idea from Evan Steele. CCHIT was formed to certify interoperability, not functionality or vendor stability. To encourage EMR adoption, would you support a mandatory EMR “lemon law” that would give purchasing providers their money back if they found the product they purchased unsuitable?
MD Anderson joins other big-name hospitals on the service-oriented architecture advisory group of clinical trials system vendor Velos.
Concord Hospital (NH) had systems down all this week when a SAN upgrade took down their network. Recently hired clinical users had no idea how to go back to paper, so they struggled and say they’ll have to develop policies and procedures. That happens in every hospital with new clinical systems, of course: the first big downtime causes newbies to struggle because they don’t know how the old paper processes worked.
The federal government will upgrade its Connect NHIN gateway later this year, adding a master person index, a policy engine, and a document management system.
A few years ago, the cheerleading health IT rags couldn’t write enough about HealthSouth’s “digital hospital.” Says HealthSouth’s CEO: “It was a pipe dream and a figment of the imagination,” saying the company would have had to stop all investments in its other 93 hospitals for at least two years to pay for it. Siemens was supposed to supply all the gadgetry, including Soarian.