From Epic Watcher: “Re: USF. Heard that GE did not go well, Epic has been chosen, and the docs are signed. Just what I heard and I am looking to triangulate. Kinda what you do sometimes, Mr. H, if that IS your real name!” Unverified on both counts, but I’ll always answer to Mr. H since Inga started calling me that way back when and I’ve warmed up to it.
From MaxPayneUK: “Re: value probe. Is iSoft/CSC the prime target after missing ‘must meet’ delivery targets? Or BT/Cerner CCN3 because of value?” The British government will review all spending commitments made since January 1, with IT contracts a key focus of cost-saving initiatives.
From The PACS Designer: “Re: Office Live Workspace. Since Windows Office 2010 is now released for businesses, the next step is the release next month for consumers. TPD has been testing Office Live Workspace for use with Windows Office 2010 to compare it to Google Documents. Also, Microsoft just announced that Office Live Workspace is becoming Windows Live SkyDrive soon.” Sounds a lot like Google Docs except you need a licensed copy of Office on your desktop (Microsoft will imitate Google in nearly every way except when it comes to giving stuff away).
Government healthcare IT contractor Quality Software Services will hire up to 70 people for its new South Carolina office.
Physician Michael Westcott, CMIO of Alegent Health, and pharmacist Jeannell Mansur, medication safety practice leader for Joint Commission Resources, will present a Webinar on medication reconciliation next Thursday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Design Clinicals is sponsoring.
Strange: up to 55 people getting free blood glucose screenings offered by physician assistant students are exposed to blood-borne diseases when the students fail to change out the glucometer’s lancets between patients.
Indiana appoints Andrew VanZee, a former Logansport Memorial Hospital VP, as the state’s healthcare IT coordinator.
Cleveland Clinic grants Carefx an exclusive license to sell its business intelligence dashboard, developed by the clinic’s startup subsidiary IntellisEPM.
Listening: I’m still enjoying old and new stuff from Hole, but a reader recommended Neon Trees, a Provo, Utah pop/rock band that sounds to me like Muse meets The Cure. I like it.
Weird News Andy notices a blog’s rant against a MEDSEEK ad campaign in which a Facebook page was created for a mythical patient named Sara Baker who updates her wall with chatty descriptions of her healthcare interactions that often involve electronic services like those offered by MEDSEEK. Perhaps the page has been changed, but from what’s there now, it’s hard to believe someone would mistake Sara for a real patient, although obviously the folks leaving heartfelt congratulations for Sara’s new twins must have been gullible (or maybe they were enlisted to help add realism). My opinion: it’s brilliant! The only thing worse than bad publicity is no publicity. Whoever wrote Sara’s postings (probably a young marketing intern somewhere) did a nice job in making it realistic. It’s giving me all kinds of ideas for various stunts a la Fake Steve Jobs (check out the Ballmer Reviews iPad video – “No Flash, no Farmville, no porn, no sports – now I know why Steve calls it Safari – ‘cause it’s a hunt to find a Web site that works on this thing.”)
The Care Collaborative (Ascension Health, Adventist Health System, and Catholic Healthcare West) licenses its collective order sets to Zynx Health. HCA has already signed up.
Doctor Dalai describes big PACS problems in all hospitals in Western Australia, where a new version of Agfa IMPAX is apparently behaving so erratically that one hospital called a Code Yellow (a disaster that prevents accepting new patients). Dalai also says that previous versions were so flaky that radiologists were bringing in their own non-Agfa image reading software on USB sticks so they could continue to provide patient care, only to have the IT department delete the software and threaten them with disciplinary action. Another article confirms the problems with a hospital source, adding a fun tidbit in which the Department of Health apparently has blocked internet Web access to Dalai’s site.
A Texas hospital runs Doc Shop, a speed dating type event that connects doctors looking for patients with patients looking for doctors.
United Arab Emirates hospitals are using government-issued ID cards to check patients in faster.
HERtalk by Inga
PEPID announces the availability of its medical and drug content tools for Google Android devices.
Demand for skilled consultants is high, according to a new KLAS survey of healthcare providers. Thirteen firms enjoy significant mindshare, up from just five in 2007. CSC tops the list, followed by Vitalize, Dell, and maxIT Healthcare. Providers striving to achieve Meaningful Use guidelines are leading the demand for skilled consultants, though another key driver is the migration of Meditech clients to the 6.0 platform.
Health Management Associates (FL) will add enterprise-wide CPOE functionality to its PatientKeeper solution.
The federal government won back or negotiated approximately $1.63 billion of your money last year and sent 77 people to prison for Medicare fraud.
Lest the government hold onto your money too long, the HHS says it will conduct two surveys to learn more about patient perceptions and preferences related to HIT. ONC will collect data on patients’ opinions of EHRs, while the HHS Office’s Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation will determine user satisfaction with personal health record programs.
Thirty-six hospitals conducted mass layoffs in the first three months of 2010, just one fewer than the same period last year. The number of affected employees, however, dropped from 3,003 to 2,516. The figures do not include a couple of key layoffs in April, including 1,000 from St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers (NY) and 511 from Jackson Health System (FL).
CMS selects Northrop Grumman to develop a National Level Repository to process HITECH payments to providers meeting Meaningful Use objectives. The order is valued at $34 million over one year with five and one–half year option periods.
Providence Equity Partners pays $17.25 per share to buy Virtual Radiologic Corp. That’s about $294 million, which represents a 42% premium of the three-month average stock price.
A widow sues her husband’s doctors after he dies of uterine cancer. No, he never had a uterus, but he did receive a transplanted kidney from a woman who died of uterine cancer. His NYU doctors said that even though the transplanted kidney was covered in tumors, they felt he had a less than 1% chance of contracting uterine cancer. Sadly, the 37-year-old died just seven months after the transplant.
I finally made it to the Apple store this weekend and checked out the iPad. It was love at first touch. Must. Have. One. Don’t exactly know why, but I’m sure that I can’t live without one.
The 471-bed Jefferson Regional Medical Center (AR) becomes the first hospital to activate Eclipsys Sunrise Enterprise 5.5.
Kudos to United Health Foundation for extending a three-year, $3.3 million grant to Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans. The funds will be used to support and expand the new Daughters of Charity Health Center-St. Cecilia in the city’s 9th Ward.
Universal Health Services (PA) will purchase behavioral health provider Psychiatric Solutions in a $3.1 billion deal. Together the companies will have 196 behavioral health facilities and over 19,000 licensed beds, plus 25 acute care facilities with 5,500 beds. UHS expects to realize $35-$45 million in annual cost synergies; 35-40% of those synergies will come from the elimination of PSI’s senior management.
Mount Auburn Cambridge IPA (MA) extends its 10-year relationship with MedVentive.
The Dallas Morning News takes a look at the region’s larger health systems and how they (and their EHR vendors) may be putting patient privacy at risk. Cerner, used by Tenet Healthcare, is mentioned for its practice of sharing patient data with drug companies. athenahealth, which provides Cook Children’s Health Care System its physician EHR, is cited for its plan to offer discounts to providers willing to share patient data. The announcement by three other large health systems that they will share patient information between their separate Epic systems also raises privacy concerns. Patient privacy advocate Dr. Deborah Peel is quoted in the piece, using an analogy that Paris Hilton surely appreciates and that likely makes Mr. H chuckle:
“Once your information is released, it’s like a sex tape that lives in perpetuity in cyberspace. You can never get it back.”