From Happy CEO: “Re: HIMSS. We had an incredible conference. Some of the really big names we met with said they knew what we have is special because they read about it on HIStalk. They said you are the most credible site in the industry and wonder how you can keep on top of what is here and what is coming. I’m proud of what my staff has accomplished, but I am conscious of how much your support is helping us. You are making a material difference.” I really appreciate that. I’ve enjoyed following the companies that I’ve profiled in my Innovator Showcase and your comment has inspired me to gear it up again. It’s unbiased since my impartial screening panel decides which companies are truly innovative, I interview a customer, and nobody gets paid anything. After the exposure, it’s up to the company to deliver, and this one obvious is doing so.
From Wade Wells: “Re: HIStalkapalooza. I was unable to attend due to a rollout, but I scored an invite for my CIO. Thanks a million! He had a ball and texted me to let me know how it was going. Wish I could have done the Booth Crawl as I would have loved to have checked out some of the sponsors’ products, but I did give a shopping list to the CIO. Thanks for giving me a glimpse of what I missed! Down Under is such a long way from Vegas.” Wade is from Australia.
From Sagacity: “Re: CMS Meaningful Use Stage 2 NPRM. Here’s a bookmarked version.”
From Frank Poggio: “Re: ONC Stage 2 fact sheet. Buried at the bottom is a real zinger. I may be wrong, but do they really want vendors to publish their prices? Wonder what kind of comments they’ll get from the big box boys?” Wow, that’s a surprise. An even bigger surprise would be if it actually becomes a requirement, especially since it seems unnecessary – a prospect should be able to get a price by simply asking the vendor (or if not, to move on quickly.)
From Lion Queen: “Re: HIMSS. What was the overriding impression this year?” I’ll invite readers to provide their conclusions since I’m not sure I have one. Mobile was a big deal, or at least HIMSS made it seem that way now that it has bought the mHealth Summit. Tools to support “bring your own device” policies were out in full force. Analytics had a presence, although maybe not as much as expected. HIE platforms are bigger than ever now that RHIOs are fading as private HIEs are growing. I didn’t feel much buzz at all from traditional inpatient systems. Defense contractors like Lockheed Martin had big booths, but I don’t take that to mean much. Conference attendance was announced as 37,032, 18% higher than last year.
Inga has posted new reader-sent HIStalkapalooza photos on our Facebook. I’ve watched the video ESD put together (great music, by the way) about 20 times and I’m in awe after noticing all kinds of details that I missed at the time: long-stem roses for the ladies, the cool tent cards on the tables, the A/V setup that allowed streaming the HISsies and logos of HIStalk’s sponsors throughout the venue, and of course great food and drink. Ross Martin MD was shockingly good as the white jumpsuited Elvis, who even penned a special tune (HIStalk Rock) for the occasion, sung to the tune of Jailhouse Rock. A sample:
Mr. Greg Wilson’s here to host the show,
Little Johnny Bush knows where the HISsies go,
We’ll have a fashion show and name the King and Queen,
You can wow the judges if you make a scene,
So let’s rock,
Everybody let’s rock,
Everybody here who loves HIStalk,
Start dancin’ to the HIStalk Rock.
Listening: Nick 13, shuffly old-school country swingabilly or something like that (I just made that up.) I’m not a country fan, but this is good, melodic, and sparsely produced. Their song In the Orchard 2011 is perfect. Live video here.
Now that HIMSS is over, it’s time for my annual reader survey. It would help me a great deal if you could spare a handful of minutes to answer the 14 questions. Just about every improvement I’ve made to HIStalk over the years has started off as a reader’s recommendation in the survey. Thanks for helping out.
Over 60% of respondents think that it was a mistake for HHS to delay its ICD-10 implementation date. New poll to your right: grade ONC’s performance with regard to Meaningful Use Stage 2.
Here’s the latest HIS-tory from Vince, covering the 1980s bedside device maker CliniCom.
A surgeon in India conducts a hip replacement procedure using an iPad to calculate and verify the position of the acetabular cup introducer, hoping to achieve a more accurate placement that can increase the useful life of the procedure by 100%.
Swisslog announces the first sale of its MedRover mobile medication dispensing cabinet.
I don’t think I’ve heard of Health IT Now!, a coalition advocating rapid adoption of patient-beneficial healthcare IT that counts among its members Aetna, Intel, Nortel, and quite a few other large corporations and member organizations. The organization issues a press release saying the proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 doesn’t go far enough, unacceptably allows a delay in its implementation by an extra year, and doesn’t require referrals have to support electronic information exchange for two years.
This week’s Kaiser Permanente employee e-mail from Chairman and CEO George Halvorson was all about technology and mostly about HIMSS. He mentions that KP’s new smart phone app for patients got a million hits in its first month. He also mentions KP’s IT successes as announced at the HIMSS conference: 36 of the 66 EMRAM Stage 7 hospitals are Kaiser’s and KP won the organizational Davies (he says it’s like an HIT Oscar, except “bigger and shinier.”) Apparently KP’s HISsies win as the “Best Provider Use of Healthcare IT” was not sufficiently impressive to deserve a mention.
MedAssets announces Q4 numbers: revenue up 47%, EPS $0.07 vs. –$0.87. Non-GAAP EPS was $0.32 vs. $0.18. Shares were up 4% Friday on the news.
A reader passes along that if you’re interested in the Healthcare Experience Design conference in Boston March 25-27, you can save $100 on registration with promo code FRIEND. Jonathan Bush (athenahealth) and Todd Park (HHS) will be reunited as keynote speakers.
User-centered design consulting firm PointClear announces plans to open an office in the Atlanta area. The Huntsville, AL firm has 40 employees and expects to add at least 10 in Atlanta.
Odd: two prominent Montreal cardiologists are accused of taking bribes from patients in return for putting them at the front of the line for nationally funded healthcare services. A newspaper article claims that patients put $100 bills under their hospital pillows before being taken to the OR and others made off-the-books office payments of up to $10,000 in addition to what insurance would pay.
The Health IT Accelerator is launched in Cleveland, OH by BioEnterprise, founded by Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve, and other local institutions. Company submissions are being accepted.
A guest article in London’s Daily Mail compares the author’s first-hand experience with Britain’s NHS and a stay at Cedars-Sinai. Conclusion: Cedars had a lot of computer gadgets (“computers on trolleys follow the nurses around like small dogs”) but waits were long, nurses were cold (“as if the price tag attached to medicine has desensitized them”) , and the costs were high. Advantage: NHS.
An employee of North Dakota’s worker compensation program says a claims supervisor violated state law when she ordered parts of a case manager’s patient notes deleted, removing information that would have supported the patient’s claim.
A Washington Post article finds that Medicare’s $77 million anti-fraud computer system, launched last summer and built by Northrop Grumman, prevented only one fraudulent payment by Christmas, saving taxpayers a grand total of $7,591. Medicare says looking at payment suspensions in a vacuum is an “unsophisticated view” of its activities and the actual benefits of the system exceed $20 million even though it can’t measure the actual recovery total. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) said, “I wondered, did they leave out some zeroes? … My point is there was off-the-shelf stuff they could have bought and applied … we ought to be seeing savings of $5 billion a month.”
Additional Booth Crawl Winners
HIStalk’s sponsors are the best. After I named the Booth Crawl winners, several companies got in touch and said, “We would really like to give an iPad to some of your readers. Can we do a draw of those who didn’t get all the answers right?” Congratulations to these additional iPad winners, courtesy of the sponsors who appreciate your imperfect but honest effort.
John Harte, Server and Development Manager
Self Regional Healthcare
Prize provided by The Advisory Board Company
Jason Blunk, Project Manager
Reid Hospital & Health Care Services
Prize provided by MedPlus, A Quest Diagnostics Company
Justin Graham, CMIO
Prize provided by Medicomp Systems
Mark Schmidt, CIO
SISU Medical Systems
Prize provided by Sunquest
Kathy Wheatley, Clinical Solutions Director
Prize provided by T-System