From Gregarious: “Re: HCA. They are doing competitive pilots of Meditech 6.0 vs. Cerner, possibly as a move toward displacing the long-term HCA / Meditech relationship.” Verified. HCA will run a Cerner pilot in at least one hospital sometime next year. Meditech 6.0 is a big step from HCA’s Magic (pretty much starting over), so it makes sense to test the waters. The wild card could be how the hosting models compare. Several HCA hospitals have reached EMRAM Stage 6 on Magic, which ironically makes it harder for HCA to switch since you’d need heavy clinical usage from Day One to avoid moving backward. Any change (even to 6.0) will be painful.
From BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: “Re: Epic. They are about to pick up another large academic facility in Nebraska. You can only imagine who is going to have the LastWord now.” Unverified, but thanks for the excellent punmanship in any case. As a couple of readers pointed out, it will be interesting to see if Epic can scale its model up to cover all these big implementations going on at once. A CIO reader who knows both systems says Cerner requires clients to take ownership of the design and use outside consultants, while Epic offers a more turnkey implementation at a higher price. It’s also interesting that Epic doesn’t offer hosting and Cerner is runnin hard with that offering, so that’s a key differentiator to some prospects.
From SnagMonkey: “Re: Epic. Not officially announced, but all Providence hospitals and hospitals in Oregon will convert to Epic.” Unverified.
From You’ll Know Who: “Re: Epic. Not only is Epic replacing Eclipsys and Cerner at sites, they are likely removing 30+ year old financial systems from McKesson, such as HealthQuest or the old Ibax product. That again highlights the lack of success with the ‘new’ Horizon ERM. It would be interesting to hear which products the CIOs looked at.” My ears are open if anyone wants to share.
From Ragnar Danneskjold: “Re: your comments about Cerner and corporate bureaucracy. Man, can you turn a phrase! I’m going to have that framed and put on my office wall (and then wonder why my career is not going anywhere :-)). Been loving your work for many years now. I don’t know how you do it, but keep on doing it.” Thanks.
From Cheers Across Atlanta: “Re: Eclipsys. Jay Deady announced today at the Eclipsys sales meeting that he will be leaving concurrent with the Allscripts acquisition.” Unverified.
From Reddy Kilowatt: “Re: PM/EMR in Asia. I’m looking for information (Web sites, articles, databases, etc.) on penetration in the smaller private practice market.” I have readers there, so if you know some sources, let me know.
From Anonymous: “Re: Merge Healthcare’s ortho imaging products. I’m surprised you didn’t catch wind of this.” I did, earlier this month when a reader tipped me off that Stryker was selling its imaging division (i.e., ortho products) to Merge.
From Lori S: “Re: AirStrip Technologies. They will announce that their cardio and critical care apps have received FDA approval, setting the bar high for other vendors.” Verified. The news just came across the wire Tuesday evening. AirStrip users can monitor patients in real time from their iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. That sound you heard was change jingling in the deep pockets of GE, Philips, etc. as they suddenly think AirStrip Technologies looks like something they’d like to get their hands on. I interviewed co-founder Cameron Powell, MD in February.
SRS will offer customers its hybrid EMR bundled with practice management and scheduling systems from Ingenix, calling it SRS CareTracker PM powered by Ingenix. SRS will also offer its EMR customers a migration path to the Ingenix CareTracker EHR. That’s interesting — Ingenix has been promoting CareTracker much more heavily recently, plus rumors suggest that the company won’t stop its HIT-related acquisitions with Picis.
I’m a sucker for hospital music videos, so here’s one from Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett, TX, a top-rated Tenet facility celebrating its 5-Star Patient Satisfaction Rating for the full year of 2009.
Marshfield Clinical lists its CIO job. An advanced degree is not required.
Fisher-Titus Medical Center (OH) is happy with its Cerner implementation, at least according to the local paper. The Smart Room includes a clinical dashboard, an RTLS-powered Room Wizard, integrated medical devices, and an interactive patient station that includes schedules, goals, and entertainment. It sounds pretty cool.
St. John Providence Health System (MI) chooses eClinicalWorks for its 3,000 physicians.
The FCC and FDA will partner to promote wireless-enabled medical technology, including making their respective areas of jurisdiction clear and easing regulatory red tape.
Odd lawsuit: a woman settles her lawsuit against Quantas after claiming the airline is responsible for her deafness because it didn’t protect her from a screaming three-year-old in an adjoining seat. The woman, who wore hearing aids before the incident, told a friend, “I guess we are simply fortunate that my eardrum was exploding and I was swallowing blood. Had it not been for that, I would have dragged that kid out of his mother’s arms and stomped him to death.”