From Dirt Farmer: “Re: iPad in healthcare. Since it’s a closed system, some non-Apple proprietary CPOE, EMR, and imaging apps may not run on it. Therefore, its use might be limited. Flash doesn’t work on any Apple device, but an Adobe rep tells me the company hopes to announce a relationship in 2011.”
From Jerry: “Re: system for a 200-bed hospital. No mention of Eclipsys. Is there a reason?” I don’t know much about their capabilities outside of their obvious strengths in CPOE and nursing documentation — the hospital was looking for a soup-to-nuts solution that covered everything from billing to ancillaries. None of the respondents mentioned them, either. If you work in a hospital of that size and are running an all-Eclipsys lineup, why not send me a little writeup of what you’re doing and how it’s working? I’m interested.
From Werner: “Re: system for a 200-bed hospital. Why didn’t Eclipsys show up? A very nice solution especially if looking ahead to meaningful use AND they have a remote hosted solution. What about OpenVista, a proven solution for smaller facilities and no major license cost (of course , except for ISM & extensions)?” Eclipsys, see above. I had OpenVista on my list originally, but couldn’t decide if it made sense for a hospital that needs a full set of applications and potentially a lot of hand-holding for implementation and maintenance, even if OpenVista would have minimal licensing costs. I could be persuaded, though.
From Midwest CIO: “Re: system for a 200-bed hospital. The way you phrased it, their only option is Paragon. It’s all Microsoft, so it’s easy to find resources to support it and it has a long life in front of it. I would put Keane on par with Paragon with respect to clinical functionality.”
The local newspaper writes up the Paragon go-live of Auburn Memorial Hospital (NY).
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey’s behavioral care organization chooses DSS to implement its vxVistA, an open source variant of the VA’s VistA.
A Harvard doctor creates an iPad application that allows him to monitor patient breathing via an ultrasound sensor he invented. He sees potential for using it to check asthmatic patients in their homes and to monitor sleeping infants.
The Army’s MC4 group is piloting a new version of the Theater Medical Data Store (TMDS) in Afghanistan that can also display the service member’s pre-deployment medical history from AHLTA.
Former RelayHealth VP Bob Katter joins First DataBank as VP of sales and marketing.
Lee Memorial Hospital (FL), expecting ARRA money to cover up to $40 million of its $70 million Epic implementation cost, finds that it isn’t eligible for up to $10 million of that taxpayer-funded windfall because it shares a Medicare provider number with its physician group. Congressman Connie Mack IV, who opposed the stimulus bill and yet is appalled that LMH might get less of it, says the hospital “shouldn’t be penalized for CMS’ interpretation of the definition of a hospital.”
HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius visits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, admiring its $47 million Epic system and its patient portal.
Which reminds me: whatever happened to White House healthcare reform director and former Cerner board member Nancy Ann-DeParle? Healthcare reform was a hot topic, but I don’t recall seeing her name even once in the past several months (and a Google search backs me up on that).
Health Affairs devotes its entire April issue to healthcare IT topics, although only subscribers can see most of it. It didn’t sound all that interesting, although I would have read David Brailer’s interviewed with his eventual ONCHIT replacement David Blumenthal (although I doubt anything controversial was said).
Odd medical problem: a man orders his favorite restaurant sandwich, the five-meat, three-cheese Wicked, except with double meat to celebrate his son’s performance in a talent show. His mouth locks up trying to take the first bite, at which time he begins punching his own jaw trying to loosen it up. He required surgical repair of double dislocation of the mandible.
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From Marge Schott: “Re: Streamline Health. In an SEC filing, the company said it won’t be renewing its contract with its sales SVP Scott Boyden. Probably a cost cutting move since Streamline continues to lose money.”
Centegra Health System (IL) says its Kronos workforce management software has saved the system over $1.6 million in labor costs. Centegra uses time and attendance and employee scheduling solutions, which have helped eliminate agency use and reduce overtime by 30%.
Blessing Hospital (IL) and University Health System of San Antonio earn Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing and for providing high quality patient care at all levels of the hospital. Both facilities use Eclipsys.
Speaking of Eclipsys, the company is selected by The Methodist Hospital of Houston to provide its HealthXchange product. HealthXchange, which is powered by Medicity, will connect Methodist’s acute care EHR with a network of disparate EHRs used by affiliated physicians.
Picis extends its Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status with specialized competencies in business intelligence and data management solutions.
MedQuist partners with Artificial Medical Intelligence to provide computer-assisted coding within the MedQuist CodeRunner coding workflow platform.
HealthPort announces a money-back guarantee that its EHR software will meet certification requirements for Meaningful Use. Nothing against HealthPort, but I am done mentioning any of these money-back guarantees. I’ll quit worrying that there are still naive providers out there who believe that just because their software is “guaranteed” that they will be “guaranteed” stimulus money.
Thumbs up to Virginia, which becomes the 12th state to require health insurers to cover telemedicine services provided through interactive audio, video, or other media.
Auditors for LSU’s charity-run hospital system finds that its clinic overpaid an outside patient billing firm almost $350,000, while about $8.2 million in patient services were never billed. On top of that, LSU Interim Public Hospital has lost track of movable property originally worth $3.8 million. The overpayment occurred in 2007 when billing firm Healthcare Financial Services double-billed an invoice, both of which Medical Center of LA-NO paid. Less than half the money was recouped two years later. Of the $8.2 million never billed, about $1 million is still recoverable. Not surprisingly, leaders say new checks are being put in place.
AnMed Health (SC) picks Allscripts EHR for its 60 employed physicians and 40 affiliated physicians. AnMed currently provides Allscripts Tiger PM in a hosted model for the physicians and will offer the EHR through a similar setup.
Mercy Health Systems (PA) plans to implement NextGen EHR for its 70 providers across 31 locations. Later in 2010, Mercy will also deploy NextGen Health Information Exchange. The providers have used NextGen Practice Management for almost four years.
John Muir Health (CA) notifies almost 5,500 patients of a potential data breach following the theft of two laptops from a physician office. The hospital says the laptops were in a locked and guarded building and were password protected, but did not have data encryption. Encryption software is now being installed on all the health system’s laptops.
Evolvent Technologies awards Harris Corporation an 10-month follow-on contract for ongoing enhancements to the DoD’s Healthcare Artifact and Image Management Solution (HAIMS) system.
Unity Medical says it will pilot its new Medical Video jLog for the Apple iPad at Florida Hospital for Children at Walt Disney Pavilion and St. Luke’s Health System (ID). The company provides short interactive videos that provide patients with an explanation of common procedures and treatments.
Passport Health Communications launches eCare Patient Access Suite, designed to help hospitals improve workflow and increase revenues.