From Medicament: “Re: Epic UGM. Announced attendance is 5,500 vs. 3,800 last year. Surreal. This panorama is from the auditorium just after Judy’s keynote.” If you are there, send me a report of any newsworthy developments. Sorry the pic is small, but that’s the point: the meeting isn’t.
From Neils Bohr: “Re: Accenture. I heard they got the HHS contract for use case for the Standards and Interoperability Framework last Friday.”
From Epic CoOp: “Re: Epic consultants. Given the huge demand, 20 of them are forming a consulting co-op to keep the cut that temp agencies take.”
From Blue Danube: “Re: video. Even though it’s an ad for Centricity, it paints a pretty accurate picture of primary care and the need for EMRs.”
Listening: new (released just today) from John Legend and The Roots, a collaboration between the modern R&B/hip hop singer (John Legend) and the Philly funk band (The Roots), updating socially conscious soul songs from the 60s and 70s. I can’t describe just how awesome this album is, sounding as fresh and uncomplicated as Motown circa 1968. If you don’t like soul or hip hop music because it’s over-produced, non-melodic, and fixated with trite subjects like lust or fame, let this rekindle your hope for the genre. I usually condition my recommendations knowing they aren’t for everyone, but this one’s for everyone.
UnitedHealth Group makes another buy, announcing plans to acquire coding vendor A-Life Medical. I covered it in a news blast here. UnitedHealth Groups is obviously on an HIT tear, bagging four companies so far this year. That’s a good reminder to sign up for updates using the Subscribe to Updates box on the upper-right of this page and/or to Friend/Like us on Facebook since I usually post new stuff there too.
The San Diego office of the FBI announces that El Centro Regional Medical Center (CA) will pay $2.2 million plus interest to settle Medicare fraud allegations brought forward in a former employee’s whistleblower lawsuit.
Rothman Healthcare hires Richard Sommer as CEO. I hadn’t heard of the company, so I checked it out. It markets products based on The Rothman Index, an automated system that collects 26 observations and results for each patient every hour and graphs the score so caregivers can quickly see who’s crashing. The trial was at Sarasota Memorial (FL). The Rothman brothers found the company after their mother died after post-surgical complications that were subtle and therefore undetected in the hospital. According to the company’s site, nurses at its first hospital site identified a patient going bad within five minutes of bringing the system up in test mode, reacting to a patient whose pulse-ox had dropped from 98% to 85% over two days without alarming anyone.
Jewish General Hospital of Montreal, Quebec will use education and clinical image sharing tools from Aurora Interactive to create an online pathology education network.
McKesson, HP, and Intel launch a site that mixes HITECH resources with preconfigured EHR hardware/software packages.
Transcend Services announces BeyondAlerts, which extracts clinical data from transcribed narrative to trigger provider alerts.
Panasonic will offer data encryption from Mobile Armor in its Toughbook notebooks and mobile clinical assistants. That includes self-encrypting Seagate drives, centralized management, pre-boot authentication, and auditing. Smart.
I made fun of a Brainware sales announcement a few weeks back because it didn’t name the customer (for contractual reasons, no doubt, but I still questioned the newsworthiness of an anonymous customer sale). They sent me their latest announcement this week, joking that this one names names, that being Gundersen Lutheran Health System (WI). Brainware and Ascend Software are providing the Brainware Distiller intelligent data capture tool along with business process automation for the health system’s Lawson accounts payable system. Brainware’s tools pull data out of unstructured sources such as invoices without templates or indexing. For AP, that means speeding up processing and providing a near real-time view into liabilities. It uses fuzzy search to assign GL codes and vendor numbers to non-PO invoices. Its Gateway product is a portal for vendors to check the status of their invoices online.
Since I shamed Brainware, let’s move on to the next poster child for bad press releases. Does this headline roll off your tongue? The Institute for Transfusion Medicine(SM) (ITxM)(SM) Deploying BIO-key(R) Fingerprint Search and Identification Solution for Donors and Patients. Marketing people can’t even introduce themselves without holding up little trademark and service mark signs. I guarantee that nobody could read this even 2-3 times and have the slightest clue what it’s about with all the unnecessary, lawyer-paranoid clutter.
Covisint, the portal vendor owned by Compuware, acquires DocSite of Raleigh, NC, which offers PQRI, registry, decision support, e-prescribing, progress notes, and integration tools. Roger Sterling tipped us off in the 9/1 HIStalk, although Inga couldn’t get Covisint to confirm.
Children’s Boston will use Allocade’s On-Cue Operations Management software in radiology. It pulls data from existing systems to create a rule-optimized patient itinerary and provides caregiver collaboration tools and business intelligence.
New Jersey’s HITREC contracts for physician practice consulting services from Nit Health. Being a hospital guy, I couldn’t help but think of small combs and Kwell shampoo.
Maimonides Medical Center (NY) goes live with InterSystems Ensemble for rapid integration and development, using it to develop new interfaces to/from Sunrise Clinical Manager.
An interesting debate at the VA: should tech-savvy doctors be allowed to store limited patient information using cloud-based Web tools if they appear to be secure and if the VA’s systems can’t meet their needs otherwise?
A study finds that a heart attack risk calculator used by consumer health sites is not very accurate, misclassifying 15% of patients as needing medications when they really don’t (check out the screen shot I took above from the American Heart Association’s version of the calculator to see why that’s not too shocking). Epocrates is mentioned as offering physician treatment applications based on the flawed formula.
HERtalk by Inga
From Heresay: “Re: certification pricing. I’ve heard CCHIT is charging $40-$60,000 for EHR certification compared to Drummond’s $20K.” If anyone thinks they have a solid handle on the pricing from the three ONC-ACTBs, please step forward. InfoGard has yet to publish any details, but here is how I am interpreting the pricing from CCHIT and Drummond:
- Complete EHR Ambulatory: CCHIT $34,300; Drummond $19,500.
- Compete EHR Inpatient: CCHIT $32,550; Drummond $19,500.
- If you don’t need testing for the full EHR and just need individual modules tested, CCHIT has assigned a per-module fee for testing that ranges from $650 to $2,000, depending on the module’s complexity, plus a $7,000 base fee that includes the mandatory security criteria.
- Drummond charges $11,500 for up to 19 modules, include the mandatory measures, or, $16,000 for 20 or more modules, including the mandatory items.
To summarize: Drummond is less expensive if you need complete EHR certification and testing. If you need module testing only, CCHIT could be less expensive. The CCHIT folks would probably add that their fee includes a comprehensive testing and certification toolkit for vendors, which they will sell to non-applicants for $1,000. Also, vendors with CCHIT 2011-certified products will not need to pay additional fees for the ONC-ATCB certification through CCHIT, though additional testing is required.
I happened upon this blog post by an Epic User Group Meeting attendee. He shares details of Sunday night’s round-the-campfire wienie roast, complete with s’mores, dogs, and employee-provided entertainment. Very cool. Epic is expecting over 5,300 customers to hit Verona this week for this year’s theme, “UGM: The Musical.” In addition to 300 educational sessions, the meeting will feature Epic staff singing Broadway tunes, Les Feud game show, and a tug-of-war tournament.
KLAS finds that nearly 70% of new 2009 hospital EMR purchases were for an Epic or Cerner integrated solution. Overall EMR sales nearly doubled last year in the 200+ bed hospital market. Meditech and Siemens saw limited growth and McKesson’s Paragon product outsold McKesson’s Horizon solution.
RCM company NHPN appoints David Garber SVP of managed care. Garber has held leadership positions in a number of managed care organizations, including CompServices and Coventry Health Care.
A third of office-based providers are now e-prescribing, according to Surescripts. However, only 12% of all prescriptions were written electronically last year. The number of providers using electronic prescribing grew significantly from 2008 to 2009, from 74,000 to 200,000, while the total number of e-prescriptions jumped from 68 million to 190 million. Massachusetts had the highest e-prescribing rate at 57%, followed by Rhode Island and Delaware.
Corey Hall joins REACH Call as EVP of medical informatics, coming over from the College of American Pathologists.
- iMDsoft and Medical Web Technologies (MWT) partner to integrate their technologies. iMDsoft will offer MWT’s One Medical Passport pre-op workflow solution as part of its MetaVision AIMS product.
- Greenway Medical Technologies introduces its Allergy Module for PrimeSuite EHR, which includes injection record tracking, allergen testing, serum development, and lot administration and reporting.
- API Healthcare says that 35 provider and contingent staffing clients have gone live with its workforce management solutions this year.
- NextGen Healthcare provides VHA members special pricing on its clinical and financial software.
- Vanguard Health Systems deploys Medicity’s Novo Grid HIE technology to 850 physicians across four states.
- Parkview Medical Center (CO) selects RelayHealth’s RevRunner to improve its revenue cycle performance.