From 4merMCK: “Re: McKesson. USA Today reported that MCK’s Hammergren made $150m in 2010, a sizable increase. The gap in salary alone for MCK-IT employees is approximately 375x, and merit increases in the former HBO were 2.5%, or around $2,000. Under Hammergren’s leadership, MCK shares have risen around 20%. At the end of the day, it is shareholder value that drives CEO compensation. Whether that’s worth his increase, only shareholders can answer. Rumor in Alpharetta is that the HIT business was shopped around, but based on the asking price and a declining base, there were no offers. Now they are trying to determine what a ‘growth’ strategy would look like.” Unverified.
From The PACS Designer: “Re: Internet2 and healthcare. Rural healthcare facilitated through the use of telemedicine solutions is a trend that is gaining more attention. One new area that can accelerate the adoption of telemedicine applications is Internet2, which offers higher speed communications tools. The FCC’s Rural Health Care Pilot Programs (RHCPPs) have been in the past a funding source for employment a rural EHR and telemedicine experiments. State-by-state license requirements for physicians has been one of the roadblocks to further expansion of the concept.”
From Mr. HIStalk: “Re: holiday woes. Funny that I’m reading this on a plane to vacation.” The referenced article includes suggestions for prepping the office in advance of taking R & R to avoid “vacation interruptus.” Coincidentally, Mr. H just skipped town for some well-deserved time off, leaving me (Inga) as the designated second-in-command. The same article notes that 30% of workers are like Mr. H and intend to contact work while on vacation. Mr. H barely opened his first beer before checking in (and contributing to this post), but Mrs. H and I are hoping he’ll get into the chillin’ mode soon.
Technology vendors and the healthcare system are most responsible for disconnected patient information, readers say. New poll to your right, just to change it up a little: is your company’s CEO honest and honorable?
The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury releases an audit reporting finding that Community Health Network (CHN) lost or misused $1.26 million between 2007 and 2009. CHN is a non-profit organization that provides medical technology to rural communities, often through grants. Auditors claim the company’s former CEO, Keith Williams, improperly received more than $80,000 by paying himself unapproved bonuses, making personal purchases with CHN’s credit card, and claiming reimbursement for meal purchases that were paid for with CHN’s credit card. Former CFO Paul Monroe was found to paid over $10,000 in unauthorized pay. Auditors also say that Williams and Monroe falsified grant invoices and grant reports and misused proceeds from a state grant to purchase almost $600,000 in unauthorized software. The software vendor later hired Williams as a consultant while he was still employed at CHN.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will speak Monday morning from the Alpharetta headquarters of McKesson Provider Technologies, pitching the state’s campaign to lure technology jobs. It will be streamed live at 8:30 a.m Eastern.
More from Vince on minicomputers, this time focusing on the companies that wrote software for them, one of the biggest of which was started in the proverbial garage.
The VA reveals plans to allow clinicians to use Android devices, iPhones, and iPads, in addition to the currently supported BlackBerries.
This week’s Time Capsule editorial from 2006: USB Drives Would Help Consumers Quickly Access McClinics. Its conclusion: “This system of having patients walking around with their own information ready to plug into a provider’s system seems like the best solution for now.”
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers (IL) names Cassie Brown manager of health information management. I like that Brown worked at Morris Hospital as a medical records file clerk while in high school school and college and before learning the ropes at a couple of other medical facilities.
Healthcare jobs grew by 13,500 in June, though the hospital sector declined 0.1%. Ambulatory healthcare added 16,500 jobs, including 5,000 in physician offices.
HIStalk Practice’s own Dr. Gregg gets a shout out in the Columbus (OH) business journal for being the state’s first doctor to get an EHR stimulus check from Ohio Medicaid.
Broadlawns Medical Center (IA) becomes the first medical center in the state to use PatientSecure’s biometric patient ID system.
British Columbia’s former deputy minister of health Ron Danderfer pleads guilty of fraud in relation to benefits he received between 2004 and 2007. Danderfer, who oversaw the creation of the province’s $222 million EHR system, admits he accepted the use of a vacation condominium and a job for his wife.
Surescripts and the authors of JAMIA-published article, “Errors associated with outpatient computerized prescribing systems,” issue a joint statement to clarify the study’s use of the term “e-prescribing.” The authors point out that their use of the term “e-prescribing” does not reflect the way the term is used today, nor does it match the federal government’s definition. The study examined what was considered e-prescribing back in in the old days (2008); that is, prescriptions generated by a computer, faxed to a pharmacy, and then printed. You’ve got to admit that “E-Prescribing Doesn’t Make The Grade” is a far more compelling headline than one that says, “The Way Things Were Done Three Years Ago Wasn’t All That Great.”