Thomson Reuters names its Top 15 Health Systems that have achieved superior clinical outcomes based on quality, patient perception of care, and efficiency. If anyone knows how many are Epic, that would be interesting given all the lofty ambitions expressed by customers trying to justify their expensive projects. Or for that matter, how many are HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6/7 since HIT cheerleaders are always trying to make the connection between HIT and outcomes.
From Barefoot in Vegas: “Re: Trade show shoes. AMAZING TOPIC!!!!!!! Please send me your show list.” I love people who don’t chinch on exclamation points, so I was happy to share my shoe brand tip with Barefoot. I admit I was amazed (!!!) how many people were interested in my footwear insights. It made me feel a little like Oprah.
From Social Profiteer: “Re: pimping HIT tweets. Apparently so-called news organizations, especially those owned by HIMSS, are willing to sell out their readers.“ I can’t decide which is more interesting: (a) charging vendors $10,000 for a couple of tweets, or (b) vendors thinking that barraging a news site’s readers with unwanted Twittermercials is actually hip, progressive marketing that will benefit those companies. It seems kind of unsavory and reader-insulting for a company with “news” in its name to be doing this kind of revenue augmentation without regard to the potential damage to whatever reputation it has, but it’s really none of my business – that’s between the publication and its readers.
From Harcourt: “Re: inpatient MU attestation. Please post this graph. I believe the huge gap between Cerner, Meditech (including its contribution of HCA’s attestation), and Epic would create interesting discussion.” The graph is here. As with EP attestation numbers, I would be cautious about trying to apply client MU figures to the likelihood of a given customer earning MU money. Meditech has more live hospitals than anyone, so I’d expect its numbers to beat those of other vendors. In fact, I’m slightly surprised that it doesn’t have a wider lead over Cerner and especially Epic (Epic’s number suggests that 50% of the hospitals it has ever sold to have attested, which I would think trounces both Cerner and Meditech if you’re calculating odds). I can’t say I’m really interested in any of this information, since any vendor with even one successfully attesting client has proven that its software has the capabilities needed. Beyond that, much of the required effort belongs to the customer.
From HITEsq: “Re: Girard Medical Center (KS). Really doesn’t like Cerner – suing them for breach of contract. Among the interesting tidbits, Cerner staff apparently though that Cerner was able to get the hospital to agree to an agreement as a result of ‘concert tickets and booze’ and that the Cerner staff was only there ‘because [they] drew the short straw.’ Apparently, Girard feels like it paid $1.3M for nothing.” The 21-bed hospital says it has paid $1.3 million of the $2.9 million total without receiving “any tangible work product” and that the time and attendance system that it thought it was getting wasn’t included (they claim Cerner helpfully suggested using an Excel worksheet instead.) The hospital also claims that Cerner assigned “incompetent staff” to implement the system. That’s all fun to read, but (a) this is one side of an argument that has two; and (b) some of the claims fall between irrelevant and desperate. There’s a good lesson here for customers: don’t let your buddy-buddy salesperson talk you out of getting an expert in contract law to insert protection into the agreement that covers whatever you are (or should be) afraid of as a customer. Once it gets to the lawsuit stage, there’s a good chance that nobody will be happy with the result except the hourly-billing lawyers.
HIStalk Announcements and Requests
Listening: reader-recommended Turisas, epic pagan battle metal from Finland, like a band of Vikings hit Kerry Livgren over the head with a mace in 1975 and took over prog band Kansas, then merged it with Green Carnation and Muse. While I acknowledge that most folks won’t like it, I definitely do.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
7 Medical Systems, a provider of on-demand digital imaging, EMR, and RCM solutions, acquires Manager Consultoria em Informatica LTDA EPP, a Brazilian company that offers similar services to hospitals and clinics in Brazil.
Elsevier purchases QUOSA, a provider of life sciences content management and workflow productivity solutions.
VeriTeQ Acquisition Corporation completes its acquisition of PositiveID Corporation’s VeriChip implantable microchip and Health Link PHR.
The DOD’s Military Health System awards Planned Systems International a five-year, $96 million contract to provide code maintenance services.
Putnam County Hospital (IN) announces plans to implement CPSI.
Prevost Memorial Hospital (LA) selects CMR EDIS version 3.3 for its emergency department.
Home health provider RBA Texas selects Axxess’ Agencycore home health software.
Nashville General Hospital signs a multi-year agreement with Sectra for its integrated RIS/PAC solutions.
Baylor Health Care System (TX) adopts technology from strategicplanningMD, a provider of strategic planning software for the healthcare industry.
IASIS Healthcare LLC (TN) selects NextGen Practice Management and RCM for its 19 hospitals across seven states.
Ellenville Regional Hospital (NY) selects Healthcare Management Systems (HMS) EHR and financial applications.
The Premier Healthcare Alliance awards a contract to UltraLinq Healthcare Solutions for its Web-based imaging system.
Mercy Medical Center (IA) selects MedVentive’s Population Manager and Risk Manager products to facilitate management of its accountable care contracts.
Massachusetts General Hospital chooses Voalté’s consolidated voice, alarm, and text communication system for nursing communication.
Aria Health (PA) appoints Brian A. Hannah MD as CMIO.
OB fetal monitoring software vendor PeriGen names former Allscripts SVP Matthew Sappern as its CEO. He replaces Donald Deieso, who retired at the end of December to join Arsenal Capital Partners.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (NY) appoints Michael A. Spurchise director of enterprise and ambulatory systems.
Chris Caramanico joins SCI Solutions as SVP of marketing and business integration. He was previously SVP of new business enterprise applications for Allscripts.
Cornerstone Advisors names Gregg Fajkus as VP and Epic practice director. He was previously with Encore Health Resources.
Pamela Lane, formerly VP of health informatics with the California Hospital Association, is appointed deputy secretary of the health information exchange at California’s HHS.
Steven Arnold MD is named chief medical officer of surgical implant management solutions vendor MediQuip.
Announcements and Implementations
Human capital management software vendor API Healthcare announces strong growth for 2011, including the best quarter in its history.
Stockell Healthcare Systems announces GA of its InsightCS Business Intelligence Suite 2.0, which expands its revenue cycle management system with executive dashboards that include days in AR, cash receipts, collector productivity, denial rates, clean claim rates, and coder productivity.
In England, six hospital trusts say they’re saving $12 million per year by operating a telestroke program based on Polycom’s RealPresence video collaboration solution.
Misys Open Source Solutions grants exclusive Swiss distribution rights for its Misys Connect XDS registry and repository to Switzerland-based enterprise content management vendor Uptime Services AG.
A data entry error creates grossly inflated bills for hundreds of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital (NY) patients. The hospital blames its billing company for inserting invoice numbers in the space designated for the amount owed.
The local paper profiles Beacom Health, one of six practices that have taken advantage of subsidies from Fremont Area Medical Center to implement eClinicalWorks.
I couldn’t help think of Mr. H when I read this since I know he enjoys both his music and his exercise. Between 2010 and 2011, 47 people were killed or seriously injured while walking and wearing ear buds or headphones. I predict a few lawsuits against Apple for allowing the music to play so loud.
Weird News Andy says he’s excited at the news that a pill may replace the need to exercise, but he’d be happy with one that helps him remember where he put his car keys.
Commissioners of Bay County, FL discuss a settlement with chiropractic office management software vendor Redpine, which relocated to the area to take advantage of $750K in incentives and then closed its doors. The company has offered to sell its software rights to repay the incentives and claims it has several prospective buyers.
- Health Language Inc. releases a new version of its provider-friendly terminology to include clinician friendly synonyms and more than 100,000 attributes for ICD-10-CM.
- The Health Training Network, a service of Inland Northwest Health Services, opens a new training facility to house medical classes, including a paramedic program.
- IMDsoft reports strong growth in 2011, including first-time installations in three countries and involvement with 45 critical care and anesthesia projects.
- SCI Solutions announces HITECH certification of its Schedule Maximizer V34.
- Awarepoint reports that 10 of its newly-live customers were interviewed by KLAS, with all of them reporting high satisfaction.
- McKesson customers share keys to successfully attesting for Stage 1 Meaningful Use.
- The New Zealand Trade and Enterprise names Orion Health one of nine finalists in the “Best Business Operating Internationally” category in the New Zealand International Business Awards.
- Aspen Advisors announces that in 2011 the company grew revenue 40%, expanded its leadership team, and added 23 clients.
- ICA Informatics signs a memorandum of understanding with the New York eHealth Collaborative to join its workgroup for developing connectivity standards.
- Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (NJ) selects the SRS EHR.
- Canon and Nuance Communications successfully complete interoperability testing of Nuance’s eCopy ShareScan v5 software for converting and passing scanned documents from Canon ImageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs into EHR applications.