From Been There: “Re: Humedica. It’s a good thing they raised $30 million because with a CEO, CMO, CTO, CFO and five vice-presidents (among just 40 employees), they might be a touch top-heavy. One other observation: no VP of Sales. I hope their solutions sell themselves.” Humedica, a “next-generation health care informatics company”, launches itself in a blaze of buzzwords. I don’t know any of the people on the board or management team, but it’s got a lot of investment people in charge, especially from Leerink Swann (one of the companies that provided its $30 million in seed money). It sounds like they’re doing population-based data analytics stuff. I’m going to guess that the company was formerly Health Insight Technologies since I see some people and address overlaps. If so, that means they’re going to be selling de-identified patient data, which means they have to figure out how to get hospitals to give it to them. Hoping to cash in on Uncle Sam’s proposed effectiveness and outcomes studies, I’ll postulate, since they seem in an awfully big hurry to gear up.
From Fan of Mr. HIStalk: “Re: Accretive. They are backed by the same VC money as Exault, an HR outsourcer created form BP’s HR department that went public and was picked up by a big player. Ascension says, ‘We will give you 14 of our hospitals in Michigan to try this in at no cost to us. If you succeed, we will let your take over all of our RC functions. If not we can just ask you to go away. We have had more than one client curious and concerned about what Accretive might launch in the RC space. It is lucrative and prime for re-engineering."
From Carrie Ann: “Re: Newsweek’s Top 500 Green Companies rankings. I thought it was interesting who made the list and who was not on it. Equally interesting is the criteria they used (which is up to speculation and debate) as well as the categories said companies fall into. For instance, Cerner made the list under Technology yet McKesson is listed under Retail. Things that make you go hmmmm.” Here’s the healthcare list and technology is here. Cerner snuck in only because, being in the software business, it doesn’t create greenhouse gas, acid rain, or toxic emissions. Otherwise, it earned a 4.04 score (on a 100-point scale) for green performance reputation.
From Fuzzy: “Re: ACS. I work for ACS in their healthcare solutions division and there has been absolutely no word of a furlough, mandatory or otherwise. And we’ve no end in sight for the contract that I’m currently assigned to.”
From BostonGuy: “Re: BIDMC. Interesting issue about ER physicians charging more at night.” SEUI’s organizers are making a fuss about the $30 ED surcharge for patients seen between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., parking their billboard truck outside the Four Seasons where the hospital’s community leaders are meeting (a pretty swanky place for a hospital meeting — rooms start at $500).
From The PACS Designer: “Re: Linux desktop. Linux, the open source software platform, is finding more uses as developers build more applications using Linux as a server operating system. One area of growth for Linux is desktop applications, and one of the desktop systems that is free is Gnome. Gnome just released its latest version, Gnome 2.28, which adds support for Bluetooth devices, and should gain new mobile users who want a desktop view for their netbooks and phones.”
Jobs: System Analyst: SQL Server/Web Developer, CMS Operations Specialist, Epic Beacon Consultant, Java Developer.
I keep getting “you’re invited” e-mail blasts, urging me to attend one conference or another. I figure maybe I’m getting a VIP offer of free attendance for some reason. Nope – only after I’ve skimmed a mountain of marketing prose do I find that my “invitation” entitles me to pay the same exorbitant registration fee as everybody else.
British police appeal to the public to help find a man who stole two PCs from St. James Hospital last month. The new HP laptop and desktop contained “vital” radiotherapy software for cancer research that had not been backed up.
London Health Sciences Centre, stung by a whistleblower’s disclosure of an auditors’ report showing that its CIO had issued $3 million of no-bid contracts to friend, takes decisive action. It launches an investigation to find the whistleblower, saying the report was confidential. Not the smartest PR move I’ve seen.
Piedmont Healthcare expands its use of NextGen’s PM/EMR.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Standard with Headset – $29.99 after rebate and pretty cheap shipping. Saw it in the ad and thought someone might be interested.
The prospect of getting stimulus money has brought new HIEs out of the woodwork, so here’s yet another: Camden Health Information Exchange (NJ). Noteworthy Medical Systems will run it, I’ve heard.
A British shoplifter is arrested after a judge questions the veracity of her doctor’s note that claimed she couldn’t appear because of an appointment. Said the judge, “I have never seen a doctor write that clearly.”
The customer service director of a UK Internet service provider sends out a mass marketing e-mail pitching the company’s new billing system, but accidentally attaches a CSV file with full information on all the nearly 4,000 people who had signed up for it, including their contact and logon information. Among those whose information was contained in the file were a local hospital and New Scotland Yard.
Susan Neimeier joins medical device connectivity vendor Capsule Tech as chief nursing officer.
Red Hat announces Q2 numbers: revenue up 12%, EPS $0.15 vs. $0.10, beating estimates for both revenue and earnings. Nice.
HERtalk by Inga
From My Fair Lady” “Re: KLAS appoints UPMC to board. This should be interesting. With UPMC owning a stake in dbMotion, how can they possibly be unbiased in their approach to interoperability platforms?”
From Joe Wilson: “Re: CEP America Chart off. Here is some clarification from the CIO of California Emergency Physicians – MedAmerica. Though Picis was quickest with regard to timing, they were missing two of the six elements of the case. Since CEP gave the cases out in advance, timing was far less important than having a complete chart. CEP declared Wellsoft the ‘winner’ by five seconds based on both quality and timing.”
From Alex DeLarge: “Re: foreign healthcare. Remember A Clockwork Orange? We ought to make all our legislators read these anecdotes and then challenge them to keep repeating that our healthcare is the best in the world.”
Sun Life Family Health Center (AZ) selects the browser-based InteGreat EHR for its six clinics. InteGreat is a division of MED3OOO.
The 180-provider Jackson Physicians Alliance (MI) inks an agreement with Cielo MedSolutions to purchase licenses for Cielo Clinic software.
The SEC charges two men with running an $8.6 million insider trading scheme in connection with Dell’s recent agreement to buy Perot. One of the men, who has done work for Perot, apparently got wind of the pending Perot acquisition. Less than three weeks ago, he and a buddy then purchased over 9,000 Perot call options. The SEC was not amused.
It’s been the best of times and it’s been the worst of times for IT provider InfoLogix. The company announces a new contract with Albert Einstein Healthcare Network (PA) to develop Web-based eLearning software to support its EMR implementation. InfoLogix also releases word that it received a deficiency letter from NASDAQ stating that it no longer meets the minimum $1.00 per share requirement for continued listing, though they have until March 15, 2010 to regain compliance.
Hewlett-Packard retires the Electronic Data Systems name, renaming it HP Enterprise Services.
The Hospital of Central Connecticut selects Ingenious Med’s IM Practice Manager for electronic charge capture.
The Ottawa Hospital partners with EDCO to implement its Solarity and Solcom products to digitize, store, and route paper documents electronically.
Former MinuteClinic CEO Michael Howe joins MEDNETWorld.com’s board of directors. Interestingly, Howe also is the former CEO of Arby’s, which may or not come in handy when dealing with HIEs.
LibertyHealth (NJ) launches EDIMS’s nursing documentation and charge capture systems. The health system implemented EDIMS’s CPOE and physician documentation systems in March.
Outpatient Surgery Center of Jonesboro (AR) selects ProVation MD software to document GI procedures.
Halfpenny Technologies’ new Web-based portal allows physicians to order lab procedures and view results.
Vermont Information Technology Leaders and Allscripts reveal plans to enter into a strategic alliance. Allscripts will extend preferred pricing to Vermont physicians, with both organizations focusing on providers in small practices or rural areas.
Doctations appoints Jerry Kolosky chief operating officer. He was a VP for 3M Health Information Systems.
The Washington Health Information Collaborative extends grants to 34 physician practices, health clinics, and hospitals in small and rural communities across the Pacific Northwest. Providers will receive up to $20,000 each to invest in IT to improve health care. First Choice Health is contributing $500,000, the largest single donation.
WellSpan Health’s York Hospital implements AeroScout’s Wi-Fi solution for asset tracking.
In case you missed it,we posted an interview with athenahealth’s Jonathan Bush on HIStalk Practice yesterday. Bush, in his ever-amusing, passionate, and irreverent way, gives the low-down on the company’s new program that guarantees athenaclinical users six months’ free service if they fail to qualify for government stimulus money. Here’s a sample: “I believe that every single doctor that we give a proposal to on athenaClinicals will actually make more cash as a result of being on athenaClinicals than not. I couldn’t say that for (the last) five years, and I still can’t say that about any of the other software products that I’ve seen.” While you are over on HIStalkPractice, sign up for e-mail updates so you don’t miss any other cool stuff.