From Lazlo Hollyfeld: “Re: MedPlexus bought by GE. Now granted they likely had a pretty small install base (my bet is 300-350 providers max) but what is going to happen to practices on these ambulatory EMR systems that are inevitably scooped up by larger vendors or more likely left on their own when the tide of HIT stimulus funding inevitably reverse itself in another 18-24 months?”
From In the Cheap Seats: “Re: DocuSys. I hear its was purchased by Merge Healthcare who also bought Eko, a competitive Anesthesia EMR vendor last year. They just finished acquiring Amicas as well.” Not yet announced, but sources tell me the deal for Merge to acquire the Atlanta-based anesthesia systems vendor was signed this weekend. Maybe its tagline was a hint.
From patientsmatter: “Re: Yale-New Haven Health System. I had dinner with an executive clinical leader there last week, where it was said that today the system has three different EMRs in place, but there is a 90% chance they are scrapping them all and choosing Epic.” From my previous reports, it’s almost a done deal if the health system can work out the financial issues.
From Anodyne: “Re: Iowa Health. After more than five years of slogging through a statewide implementation of Allscripts, Iowa Health is changing vendors to the darling, Epic.” Unverified. They were already Epic on the inpatient side, right?
From Consuela: “Re: QuadraMed. Laid of 32 yesterday, mainly accounting and compliance. Makes sense due to being private and not needing the Sarbanes and SEC stuff and basic accounting functions can be handled by the VC company.” Unverified, but you are right — that would off some relief from the overhead of being a publicly traded company that wouldn’t affect customers anyway.
From Dos Equis: “Re: HIPPA. You have to love that after almost 15 years, Health Data Management misspelled it that way in the survey they sent to readers today.” Not to be overly persnickety, but they also misspelled HITECH right next to it, going lower case for some reason even though it’s an acronym. But it’s probably not the editorial people who created the survey, so I don’t read too much into it.
From UDontKnowme: “Re: Epic’s turnover. The 5% estimate is conservative. Turnover rate, specifically within implementation is well above 5% and is in more to the tune of 15-20%. The average tenure for implementation is about two years. Also, the plan for hiring 500 over the summer is in fact, lower than previous years’ summer hiring plans.”
From JoseMama: “Re: Peel’s WSJ editorial. It’s valid to critique whether we’re doing enough from a privacy standpoint, but her point of view lacked context. Are your medical records safe on a physical shelf? Or being shuttled around in a truck from facility to facility? And at least when UCLA Medical Center workers looked at Octomom’s medical record, they could track who did it and fire them.”
From Matics: “Re: informatics. You had a post by Indra Neil Sarkar, director of biomedical informatics at the University of Vermont, that ‘There are only about 2,000 to 5,000 of us who are formally certified informaticians.’ Formally certified? Certification in medical informatics does not yet exist. Perhaps he meant postdoctoral trained and/or MS/doctoral degreed?”
Deborah Peel, MD from Patient Privacy Rights was on Fox News Friday, talking about her Do Not Disclose campaign to give individuals the right to specify how their healthcare data can be used.
iSoft misses its NHS deadline to bring Morecambe Bay University Hospitals NHS Trust live.
Picis CEO Todd Cozzens writes an unusually frank criticism of healthcare reform, nearly all of which I find myself agreeing with:
Most of us who live and work in the healthcare world know that something had to be done about the uninsured, the pre-existing condition denial and other key inequalities in our system. What many of us are upset about is that bill that was cobbled together in order to get rushed through ahead of the next election, is not a cohesive, logical plan where increases in care and coverage are met with responsible funding and cost containment. The sum of these parts is an incongruous amalgamation of special interests, one-off provisions, unbridled future costs and somewhere buried deep inside are some good things for patients.
There’s a wealth of information on mobile health over at HIStalk Mobile, where David Brooks is cranking out good information on apps, hardware, and clinical usage. And if you are interested in Regional Extension Centers, find out from several vendor and consultant executives on HIStalk Practice how they expect RECs to change their business and the industry.
Somehow the results above don’t match the cost of exhibiting at HIMSS. New poll to your right, tying into : should patients be able to control how their health information is used? Note that the poll accepts comments if you’d care to argue your position.
The New York Times reports that Don Berwick, president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will be nominated by the President to run CMS, filling the administrator role that has been vacant since Mark McClellan quit in 2006.
Masonicare Healthcare (CT) chooses the InteGreat EHR.