From Maeby Fünke: “Re: Epic. I hear it’s telling new customers they don’t need to worry about staffing or hiring consultants — they are providing them with a test they can administer to college grads to determine if they have the aptitude for this type of work. Does anyone know if it’s something they created or bought commercially?” If anyone has a copy, I’d be interested in seeing it just for fun.
From Expert Witness: “Re: UPMC. Doctors and nurses do not speak to patients any more. All done by clicks, cut, and paste. If the computer says it’s right, it must be.” The family of a deceased UPMC Passavant patient files suit against the hospital and her doctors, claiming her home med methotrexate was incorrectly entered into her medical history as taken daily instead of weekly. Nobody caught the mistake when she was transferred to a specialty care center, so she was given the drug daily for 16 days until she died. If that’s found to be true, the hospital will learn a harsh lesson about the importance of medication reconciliation, not to mention that surely ample warnings were issued by its clinical systems (Cerner, I assume). It’s not a new problem.
From GenX’er: “Re: Ingenix. Former Misys VP Art Glasgow was named CTO of Ingenix. The announcement says he’s consolidating IT across the business. Big job.” Verified. He was promoted from SVP/GM of health information networks at Ingenix, where he’s worked since November 2008 after stepping down as Payerpath GM for Misys.
From Down Under Deepwater Horizon: “Re: Myki. Myki, my mates, is the failing, money-devouring ticketing system for public transport in Victoria, which has blown A$ Billion.” Hospitals in Victoria, Australia complain about the government’s $280 million (US) HealthSMART system, four years late and way over budget like the Myki system DUDH mentioned. Hospitals are being stuck with the tab for HealthSMART, which I mentioned in 2008 when they scrapped their first attempt after bring up zero hospitals on Cerner Millennium. It’s supposed to connect hospitals and provide e-prescribing capability. The government refuses to give a completion date or confirm the amounts that hospitals are being charged.
Listening: Broken Bells, new melodic indie rock from a couple of guys from Danger Mouse and The Shins. Also, my old favorites, The Vincent Black Shadow.
Chris Longhurst, MD is named CMIO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
An SIS survey finds that 92% of hospital executives rate the success of their perioperative departments as important or extremely important to overall hospital success, with quality and financial performance being their key concerns.
Vermont Information Technology Leaders names athenahealth as a Preferred EHR Partner.
Welcome to new HIStalk Gold Sponsor Diligence Analytics. Led by President and Chief Research Officer Wendy Shellhorn, PhD, MPH, MEd, the Tampa, FL-based company provides professionally conducted research and analysis services to healthcare and HIT. That includes surveys and data analysis to help clients make smart business decisions, bridging the gap between small businesses and their larger competitors. We thank Diligence Analytics for choosing to support HIStalk after what I’m pretty sure was a thorough analysis.
Inga’s taking a much-deserved break to bronze her loveliness and rest her creative mind in a tropical location, but she must be thinking about HIStalk since we’ve exchanged more e-mails today than when she’s on the job. She’s fussing, though: she’s trying to score an iPhone 4 online and can’t get through. It’s not just her, apparently.
Cooper University Hospital (NJ) goes live with iSirona’s software-based solution to integrate patient information from medical devices with its electronic medical record. Cooper VP/CIO Mike Sinno will talk about the project in a June 30 Webinar.
GE Healthcare announces Centricity Advance, an SaaS solution for small practices that includes PM, EMR, and a patient portal. It must be a pretty big deal: among the “thought leaders” discussing EMRs Tuesday night at the National Press Club with GE were Newt Gingrich and Peter Basch, MD.
Quality IT Partners releases a new white paper, What Every Healthcare Organization Should Know about Deploying IT when Planning and Designing a New Healthcare Facility.
CareTech Solutions, owned by Compuware, Oakwood Healthcare System, and Detroit Medical Center, names two DMC executives to its board: president and CEO Michael Duggan and EVP/CFO Jay Rising. DMC just signed an agreement to be purchased by for-profit Vanguard Health Systems, clearing the way for the required legal reviews.
Photo: Cpl. Tyler J. Hlavac, USMC
Corpsmen with the 4th Marine Logistics Group are trained to use the AHLTA EMR on a Symbol MC70 mobile device in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. They will use it to upload combat casualty information to AHLTA’s clinical data repository and to access treatment guidelines for biological, chemical, and radiation attacks.
eClinicalWorks buys 100,000 square feet of office space in Westborough, MA, making room for the 100-200 employees it will add to its current 1,100-employee headcount in the next year. The company’s revenue exceeded $100 million in 2009.
Roadside Medical, a health services company for truckers, will open three new clinics, all of which will feature iPads, telemedicine, and an EMR. Some snooping uncovered their technology partner: TeleMedExperts, which uses the TotusMedica.US PM/EMR.
Daniel Barchi, SVP/CIO of Carilion Health System (VA), e-mailed to let me know about its Epic go-live. “We have an incredible group of IT and clinical folks who just wrapped up one of the most aggressive simultaneous hospital and physician practice EMR implementation in the nation. Without hiring any external consulting company, this amazing group of folks simultaneously over two years converted eight hospitals and more than 100 physician practices to a single EMR for all clinical documentation, finances, and orders.” The photos above are from the last hospital go-live at Bedford Memorial Hospital, 23 months after the first big-bang go-live at 800-bed Carilion Medical Center. They trained 8,000 users, converted from nine EMRs plus paper, and hit 92% CPOE adoption. Nice work.
DIVURGENT Healthcare Advisors is offering a webinar this Friday called Meaningful Use Monitor and Gap Analysis Tool.
Nuance announces Enterprise Turbo Speech 8.1, the background speech recognition component of its Dictaphone Enterprise Speech System.
HHS will convene a Consumer Choice Technology Hearing at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC on June 29 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. I don’t have a link, but it’s a demonstration of several privacy technologies by the Privacy and Security Tiger Team of the HIT Policy Committee. Deborah Peel, MD and David Kibbe, MD are among the panelists who will discuss the demos.
Mass layoffs by hospitals are affecting more workers than at any time except right after Hurricane Katrina-induced closings.
iSoft reassures investors after its share price drops by half in the last couple of weeks, saying any inferences that its Northern Cluster NPfIT contract is in jeopardy are incorrect. That’s a three-month share price chart above.
Continua Health Alliance is creating a library of open source utilities that will help mobile health developers create applications for personal health devices and health records.
Varian Medical will move its employee applications from BlackBerry to the iPhone, saying iPhone OS 4.0’s security and management capabilities appear to be adequate.
A study finds that doctors will use even unproven technology as long as they get paid to do so. Mentioned specifically is computer-aided breast cancer detection, for which the manufacturer successfully lobbied Congress to mandate Medicare coverage despite lack of proven superiority and the large number of false positives it issues.
Greenway launches BlogEHR, which features the company’s executives writing about healthcare IT.
Cerner earns an award for encouraging healthy lifestyles for its employees. Except when Neal had the fitness center locked down during working hours, anyway.