From A. Nonnie Mouse: “Re: Kadlec Regional Medical Center (WA). Turfing McKesson inpatient and GE Centricity and moving to – surprise! – Epic. The number of Epic customers in Washington and Oregon make Epic CareEveryWhere something of a de facto HIE.” Unverified, but the hospital is running Epic recruitment ads, so your information may well be correct.
From FortWorthFan: “Re: JPS Health in Fort Worth, TX. I noticed they are hiring Epic Revenue Cycle analysts, but I don’t recall ever reading that they selected Epic as their replacement clinical system.” I’ll guess they’re going Epic since this position listing seeks Epic clinical analysts. From this job opening, it appears they are seeking a CIO as well.
From Tina LaBoeuf: “Re: HISsies. I miss your hilarious write-ups of the awards announcements that went away when you started the awards party :(” Tina’s comment sent me to the search function to find and relive those moments. I did find them amusing, especially since I mixed in actual winner quotes with my phony recap. You can read it here if you enjoy these snips from 2007, featuring as host my alter-ego, former HIT sales jock Billy “Biff” Jutjaw:
Imagination at Work? Must be talking about their Carecast guys porn-surfing at their desks! Zow! Rimshot! BA-DUM-PAH. GE guys … hey Jeff … we need one of your lightbulbs over here … yeah, a replacement for that faulty one that went off over your head when you bought IDX! Owwww! But I kid. What a great evening! What a constellation of industry stars! What a rack on that broad at Table 3! … Say, Chuck, let’s see who’s here. Hey, are we in the Ying or the Yang side of the house? Judy must have been having a Woodstock flashback when she laid this place out. Where did she get compost-powered PCs, anyway? That Kool-Aid they drink here must have been from Ken Kesey’s original recipe! … Yeah, it’s like a CHIME meeting – you can’t swing a golf club without hitting two CIOs and four sales VPs clinging to their underbellies like remoras on a shark. … Come on up here, Howard Messing. Nice suit! Must be nice to keep getting awards for doing nothing! But I kid, old friend. MEDITECH was an established company when some CEOs were still backdating options in Monopoly! Booyah! Boston community swimming pools always hate it when MEDITECH starts hiring because they take all their lifeguards! Kapow! You know the first thing a MEDITECH employee says after getting home from work? "Mom, is dinner ready?" BAD-DUM-PAH. I’m like butter, baby, I’m on a roll!
Listening: new from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, thoughtful pop-tinged heartbreak music if you’re in the mood for that sort of thing. Watching on Netflix streaming: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, a stupendous 2006 dramedy series about a Saturday Night Live-type program (think 30 Rock played mostly straight with an amazing cast).
An expert tells South Shore Hospital (MA) that 800,000 patient records that were on lost backup tapes of their Meditech system can’t be easily accessed, so they decide against sending out breach notices to individual patients. They’re just going to run newspaper ads, which given the state of American intellect and newspaper circulation these days, means about a hundred people will see them, especially if they ads don’t appear in the sports or entertainment sections. This is the incident where the hospital paid Iron Mountain to destroy the tapes, only to find out afterward that the company subbed the work out to another company and lost the tapes in shipping.
In England, the dismantling of NPfIT appears to be underway, as the government cuts its total cost by $2 billion to $17.5 billion and decentralizing the project. Said the co-director of the Royal College of Physicians Health Informatics Unit, “One of the dirty secrets of the NHS is the regrettable state of medical record keeping. Earlier reports have shown that this compromises patient safety and clinical care. If IT in the health service is going to regain the confidence of the medical profession, then more emphasis has to be placed by the Department of Health on making sure that the new systems accurately capture the dialogue between doctor and patient. Everything else flows from getting that right.”
Speaking of NPfIT, an NHS Foundation Trust invites bids for a new patient care and e-prescribing system, opting out of NPfIT’s iSoft Lorenzo option because of concerns it’s not ready for prime time.
The latest ISMP Medication Safety Alert (from Institute for Safe Medication Practices) has a fascinating article about why the CMS rule requiring hospitals to administer drugs within 30 minutes of their scheduled times endangers patients. ISMP only posts excerpts online, but it was truly revealing as real-life nurses (thousands of them, in fact) describe why it’s unreasonable to meet that goal. The IT-related gist: we’ve put in eMAR and bar-coding systems and written cool “overdue” functions for clinical documentation systems, but hospitals have done nothing to address the challenges of nurses trying to meet a staggering variety of patient needs without turning into medication-pushing robots. This is one of those areas where non-clinical IT people would struggle with the idea that it’s not just calculating a “med overdue” time and dinging the nurse on a report. Everybody in involved in any capacity with clinical systems should read the full text of this article – it is a tremendous eye-opener for folks who’ve never trodden the uncarpeted areas of the hospital where the real work gets done.
Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush tends to be a “love him or hate him” kind of guy, but he’s still eminently quotable either way. He was definitely wound up for The New York Times. On why the company was in the birthing center business in the early days: “You know, Bush family noblesse oblige. I wanted to take advantage of all this education and support I’ve had and do well by doing good, and health care seemed like a place that no one else in my family had been much. A new approach to health care seemed to me to be the oil fields of 1997.” On the company’s competitors: “We are the only cloud-based service in an industry segment full of sclerotic, enormous, personality-free corporations that have been in business making 90 percent margins doing nothing for decades and decades.” On the cost of healthcare reform: “Oh, it’s going to go through the roof! It’s widely accepted that this is not a cost-reform bill — it’s an access bill … Eventually, consumers will need to eat a big part of their health care cost, because health care will fundamentally consume the entire G.D.P. in the not-too-distant future.”
It’s interesting that WellStar Health (GA) apparently fired its CEO after it was fined for excessive Medicaid billing, but it named the CFO as the interim president. Wouldn’t the CFO be the person most accountable for billing mistakes? Mostly unnoticed: they fired their general counsel as well. And from an IT standpoint, the CEO blamed their billing system (McKesson Star, I think). Does it get the axe, too?
We like Encore Health Resources a lot since they threw one heck of an HIStalk bash in Atlanta this year (as many of you told Inga and me afterward and we saw first-hand ourselves – that’s Ross Martin in the pic). Dana and Ivo are fun at work too, apparently — the company is named as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to work in Healthcare 2010. That’s pretty cool for a new, small consulting firm.
Jobs on the sponsor job page: Project Manager – Healthcare Implementation, Eclipsys Activation Consultants, Technology Account Executive. On Healthcare IT Jobs: Metadata Administrator, McKesson Horizon Consultants, IT Applications – VP. That reminds me to mention that I made a Google Gadget that you’ll see to your right that has tabs for the Events Calendar, Healthcare IT Jobs, news headlines, and posts from HIStalk Mobile. I did that for two reasons: first because the WordPress events widget wasn’t displaying the calendar entries correctly, and second because I was looking for an excuse to build something.
I always like to highlight badly written press releases, so it’s imperative that I recognize this gem from a home monitoring technology company, which leads off with: “Cytta Corp’s CEO Stephen Spalding is pleased to announce that, after a series of well received presentations and demonstrations, Cytta has been invited to provide its first major proposal to a major healthcare payor/provider to develop an individualized monitoring system.” It’s a penny stock, but the price would need to go up fivefold to actually reach a penny, closing today at $0.0018 for a market cap of $1.83 million, doubling in price since April.
The North Carolina sheriff’s association proposes that the state give its members access to its doctor shopper database of known drug seekers, saying they “can better go after those who are abusing the system.” Privacy advocates are less enthused by the idea.
iMedicor launches its National Healthcare Communications Network, which offers practices secure messaging, peer collaboration, referrals, and CME. The company changed its name from Vemics last year, which seems like a good idea since that sounds like worm medicine. According to the site, it costs $24.95 per provider per month. It looks pretty cool to me. I can think of several business models that would work if they get enough subscribers.
Let’s hope they aren’t big cloud computing or ASP users. Local hospitals (along with everybody else in four Tennessee counties) lose their Internet, cable TV, and telephone access for two days when some goober takes a shot at a bird sitting on the only cable line connecting that area to the rest of the world.
HERtalk by Inga
Streamline Health Solutions releases its Q2 numbers: revenue of $4.7 million (15% better than last year) and a net loss of $76,000 (versus an $18,000 loss last year). The company attributes the higher loss to increased investments in marketing and hosting operations and the reinstatement of bonuses. Streamline also announced the promotion of Gary Winzenread from SVP of product development to COO.
CIO C. Martin Harris, MD of the Cleveland Clinic and former FTC commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate join HealthStream’s board of directors.
Hard to believe, but registration for HIMSS11 is now open. If you are a HIMSS member and pay before December 7th, registration is only $695. Mr. H and I are already strategizing about all the fun HIStalk-related things we’ll be doing. If you have ideas, let us know.
HHS unveils CuidadodeSalud.gov, a Spanish-language website to provide consumers with public and private health coverage options.
Mediware doubles its fiscal year profits to $3.24 million. Revenue for the year grew 17% to $47.6 million.
KLAS adds five new members to its advisory board, including HIStalk’s own Edward Marx, CIO at Texas Health Resources. Other new members include Alastair MacGregor, MD from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Kara Marx of Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Dan Morgan from Bay Medical Center, and HCA’s Noel Williams.
Forbes magazine profiles North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and its $400 million effort to help 9,000 employed and affiliated physicians move to Allscripts EHR. Though North Shore is taking advantage of relaxed Stark laws to subsidize up to 85% of system costs, so far only 175 of the system’s 7,500 community physicians have signed up. The health system’s chief executive admits there’s been resistance around “cultural stuff,” including concerns about North Shore’s hosting of the EMR data and discomfort with having to make work flow changes.
Wayne State University Physician Group (MI) chooses Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine to help create patient data exchange between their offices and other providers and facilities.
McLeod Health (SC) contracts with Merge Healthcare to integrate Merge’s cardiology workflow solutions with McLeod’s existing radiology product.
Perioperative employees at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center explain to the local press how their Picis system works, noting it “soothes some of that anxiety” felt by family members while loved ones are in the operating room.
Stamford Health System (NY) says its MedAssets Charge Capture Audit tool helped recapture $1.9 million in lost charges last year. It will also use group purchasing contracts, consulting services, and BI tools from MedAssets.
St. John’s Hospital (IL) selects Amelior Tracker from Patient Care Technology Systems for automated medical equipment tracking.
HHS awards a $980,000 grant to the University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Missouri, and University of Oklahoma to create the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center. The center will help physicians treat rural patients using telehealth technology. Almost 90% of the counties in those three states are considered rural with limited access to healthcare.
- The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) REC releases a list of certified EHR vendors and Implementation and Optimization Organizations. EHR vendors include Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, eMDs, Greenway, MedPlus, NextGen, and Sage. Implementation organizations include Culbert Healthcare Solutions, eClinicalWorks, eMDs, and MedPlus.
- San Juan Regional Medical Center (NM) will use the Universal Document Portal from Access to share information between its MetaVision ICU system and Meditech CIS. San Juan also uses the Access Portal to interface perinatal documents from its GE Centricity system into Meditech’s scanning and archiving product.
- Bridgehead Software and Dell introduce an enterprise medical archiving solution that combines Dell hardware with Bridgehead’s healthcare data management software.
- Nuance Communications introduces Dragon Medical Enterprise Network Edition for large practices and hospitals. The new release includes a centralized management console and enhanced support for Citrix-based EHRs.
Medical office employees in Colorado smell a strong odor and discover the source is a dead animal stuffed into a filing cabinet. The clinic owner believes the incident was the result of a break-in, likely by a former employee. He does not indicate whether or not he suspects the prank was some sort of statement about the clinic’s need to move to an electronic filing system.