From The PACS Designer: “Re: Palm Pre. Since the Palm Pre has employed its own Web operating system called the Palm webOS, TPD thought it would be good to give HIStalkers information on this new application. O’Reilly Media has posted the first chapter of a new book to the web on the Palm webOS covers some of the basics for this new system.”
From VSM: “Re: HITECH lawsuit. The supposed nurse (could not find evidence of license) who has filed a suit against Obama and HHS Secretary for HIPAA privacy violations due to HHS requiring EHRs has a history of legal issues. Her husband is a plaintiff’s attorney. See the court documents on their bankruptcy filing.” She’s licensed, according to the New Hampshire nursing database, and I don’t think her previous suits are relevant. It will be tough to prove her claim (warning: PDF) that HITECH is illegal because it forces disclosure of medical information from patients not on either Medicaid or Medicare. The suit’s claims wander all over the place, reading like a wacked out conspiracy theory rather than a serious challenge and making it less viable, I suspect.
From Joy: “Re: poll showing most readers don’t think providers are resisting IT to hide their profits. Isn’t this group of HIStalk readers already biased as medical and hospital informaticians?” Yes. But, we know the real reason hospitals aren’t adopting IT: they aren’t all that competent and confident about it. Still, when it comes to connecting to the outside world, I would guess that a fair number of practices and hospitals would be worried about outsiders seeing information like how much they charge and how much they make.
Listening: 10-year-old Britpop from The Charlatans.
Some calling himself or herself THR-IS Staffer left a scathing comment on Ferdinand Velasco’s interview that I deleted. It was curious for three reasons: (a) it was the only negative comment posted; (b) it was quite nasty and personal; and (c) the electronic footprints indicate that it actually came from someone inside arch-competitor Baylor Health. I like catching would-be scammers in the act, which I believe I just did.
SRSsoft bags another customer willing to drop their CCHIT-certified EMR in favor of the SRS hybrid EMR. Southeastern Orthopedic Center thought they were good to go with regard to HITECH, but says, “The CCHIT EMR we had purchased would have placed overwhelming demands on our physicians and resulted in a significant loss of productivity, even if we had overcome the initial implementation hurdles.”
A nurse poll finds that 50% would not want relatives receiving care at their workplace, 72% think staffing on their unit is inadequate, and 53% are considering leaving their jobs, most often because of staffing problems.
Vince Ciotti is arranging a November get-together of former SMS’ers to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company’s founding. The shindig is aimed at those who worked in King of Prussia in the 1970s, but Vince says the Malvernians who don’t mind listening to “what I did in the big war” stories are invited as well. Full details, including some cool old customer newsletter scans, phone lists, etc.
Bill O’Toole will have to explain this healthcare-related lawsuit product to me since I don’t understand it even after reading the press release and the Web site (and unless “subrogration” is in your lexicon, you won’t understand it either). It seems to be related to insurance companies being able to find out which policyholders are planning to sue providers and to get their attorney contact information. I’m sure the people who might use it would understand the description, so this is my gift to all of those folks reading.
A study of VA data finds that abnormal CT findings are often recorded in the EMR a long time afterward, if at all.
Detroit Medical Center connects to an HIE whose bizarre, contrived, and entirely forgettable name could have only come from a committee of clueless marketing people: my1HIE(R). I’m including the provided italicization to make sure you see just how weird it looks in print. Maybe it’s the same perky, brand-obsessed bunch who decided that GE-owned The Sci Fi Channel would be much more of a hot property if it “relaunched” itself as Syfy. This quote from the Syfy (gag) president should really wow its entirely geeky audience: “We really do want to own the imagination space … It made us feel much cooler, much more cutting-edge, much more hip, which was kind of bang-on what we wanted to achieve communication-wise.” They’re even mimicking GE’s “healthymagination” assault on grammar, coming up with the radical variant “Imagine Greater”, which it says is “a call to action … an aspirational, optimistic message about enhancing people’s lives.” That’s asking a lot from ancient reruns of Battlestar Galactica and Mork and Mindy.
I don’t have the records to look it up, but I wonder if Barry Chaiken is the first HIMSS board chair who works on the vendor side of the fence instead for a non-profit hospital? I’m not sure how I feel about that.
Kaiser’s Health Care Innovation Center in the San Francisco area gets a mention in the Fort Wayne paper for some reason. I think someone invited me there once, so maybe I’ll check it out one of these days.
Another use of Twitter: selling “medicinal marijuana”, including home delivery (driver tips are appreciated).
In the UK, the conservative party says they would dump NHS’s Connecting for Health and replace it with HealthVault, Google Health, or other online services. “This is an agenda we are massively keen on. We’re thinking about how in government the architecture of technology needs to change, with people ‘owning’ their own data, including their health records.”
A reporter in the Philippines says the government there is monitoring his activities after he wrote a newspaper story last week claiming that the country’s female president had breast implant repair surgery.
Merge Healthcare announces preliminary Q2 numbers: revenue up 13%, net income less than $1 million vs. $2.8 million, all complicated by its pending offer to buy etrials and the sale of its equity interest in Eklin Medical Systems.
A former Red Hat VP launches the Axial Project, which will be some kind of open source clinical information delivery system. I’m not seeing any healthcare background among the principals, so we’ll see what they come up with.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (misspelled in the article) have figured out how to guess the Social Security number of people born after 1988, sending their method to the Social Security people with the suggestion that maybe they ought to start randomizing the numbers. A Social Security guy pooh-poohed the findings, saying that the code-cracking suggestion is “a dramatic exaggeration,” but simultaneously admitting that Social Security numbers will be randomly assigned starting next year.
Sunquest names Patrice Nedelec, previously with AMICAS, as VP of Quality and Regulatory Affairs.
A Canadian woman gets a $3 million jury award for a 1999 incident in which she sat on a hospital chair that collapsed under her, causing her no physical injury except claimed fibromyalgia, an ongoing pain whose diagnosis is entirely based on what the patient says they feel.