From Holy Smoke: “Re: Cerner. Misidentification incidents have been reported with Cerner PowerChart and Millenium in hospitals in Indiana, Michigan, and others after a Cerner upgrade. Entries are placed in the wrong electronic chart and reviewed data is for the wrong patient.” Unverified. I saw nothing in the FDA’s Maude database, so if it’s happening, customers should file an experience report.
Former Cerner COO Paul Black, now working with a private equity firm, is named board chair of Truman Medical Centers (MO).
Lots of us may benefit from the redistribution of taxpayer money into our healthcare IT pockets, but our taxpayer side apparently wins, as almost 2/3 of readers say they wouldn’t have voted for HITECH had they been given that chance. New (similar) poll to your right: if you’d had the chance to vote on Don Berwick’s nomination to CMS administrator, would you have voted for him?
Health officials in Canada’s Northwest Territories say they’ll start enforcing medical faxing policies requiring cover sheets and pre-programmed telephone numbers after patient information was faxed to the CBC in at least four separate incidents. A recent embarrassing incident had led to a temporary ban on medical faxing except in emergencies. This caused big problems for pharmacies, who were given no advance notice that the 30-40% of their business that involves faxing would be shut down.
Doctors in Taiwan are taking iPads to the bedside, using them to show patients their diagnostic images right in their beds.
Bruce Greenstein, a Seattle-based Microsoft managing director of worldwide health, will become secretary of Louisiana’s financially struggling Department of Health and Hospitals after incumbent Alan Levine quits to go back to the private sector. Levine was previously CEO of Broward Health (FL).
Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana pitches HIT during a stop at Union Hospital East and at the remarkably coincidentally named Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, which does some small telemedicine projects. The article mentions some of the hospital’s technologies: smart beds, patient tracking systems, bar code scanning, electronic inventory, and and Vocera communicators.
Inga and I are thinking that we need to get our ears a little closer to the ground with all the healthcare IT news that’s breaking this summer (mergers, Meaningful Use, etc.) We’re thinking of anonymously crashing the Allscripts user group meeting in Las Vegas the first week of August since that’s a pretty big one that should give us lots of insight beyond just Allscripts news. Inga always does MGMA. I usually only go to HIMSS, but I’ve got a lot of time off at work and figure I might as well do something useful with it. We will report the rumors and trends from wherever we end up.
Struggling Grady Memorial Hospital (GA) is criticized for giving its CEO a $291K bonus on top of his $615K salary. The board says he put the hospital into the black and met his performance targets, but it’s still getting $80 million per year from taxpayers. And in Calgary, the CEO of Alberta Health Services earns $744K in 2009 while the organization failed to meet many of its goals and ran a $885 million deficit.
More on Don Berwick’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Tax records indicate that it took in $43 million last fiscal year, of which Berwick was paid almost $2.5 million, although $1.4 million of that looks like vested benefits from the previous seven years and his base salary plus bonuses was $621K. Nothing unusual or extravagant that I can see.
As a comparison, HIMSS reported $41.4 million in revenue, about the same as IHI, according to its most recent tax documents filed in May. Only $5.3 million of that came from member dues, while the annual conference raked in $18.9 million. Steve Lieber received compensation of $731K (CEO). Other salaries are above: Dave Garets (former CEO of HIMSS Analytics), Carla Smith (EVP), Norris Orms (EVP/COO), Jeff Kenjar (EVP Sales, HIMSS Analytics), Mike Davis (former EVP, HIMSS Analytics), Kelly Laidler (senior director, sales), and Jessica Daley (sales director, HIMSS Analytics). The Advisory Board must be paying Garets and Davis really well since they walked away from some pretty big salaries. HIMSS isn’t big on technology, apparently, having spent $675K on IT, a paltry 1.6% of expenses.
Former Columbia HCA president and Florida gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott challenges the state’s “millionaire” campaign finance law, saying it restricts his free speech by giving his opponent matching state funds once Scott spends $24.9 million. Scott has spent $20 million so far. His opponent’s campaign manager said, “It should come as no surprise to anyone that Rick Scott, a man who oversaw the most massive Medicare fraud scheme in history, just can’t seem to play by the rules.”