From Observer “Epic CIOs. After seeing that two more Wisconsin CIOs that are installing or expanding Epic have lost their jobs recently, I noticed an interesting trend that I call ‘Epic – the Teflon Vendor Effect.’ Have you noticed that when an Epic clinical system install stumbles and fails, it is the CIO’s fault and when the same thing happens with a different product, it is the vendor’s fault?” I will defer to readers on this question, but following the same logic: does Epic and not the CIO get (or deserve) all the credit when a project succeeds? And do CIOs get the credit when other products are successfully implemented?
From Reluctant Epic User “Re: Anodyne. My large practice (over 200 providers) is considering Anodyne for BI. The word is that it can extract Epic’s data at the flip of a switch. Do you know or have you heard anything about their implementation? How much effort was required to by the Clarity SQL writers to connect Anodyne to Epic’s Clarity Database? Thanks in advance for the amazing work you, Mr. H, and the two doctors do. It really does make my job and life easier.”Thanks for the kind words. I know very little about Anodyne but I bet we have readers who are experts and willing to share their experiences.
Mr. H has left me to my own devices for the week while he is taking some R&R with Mrs. H. I must confess I am wildly jealous of Mr. H’s gallivanting across the globe, especially since my mind and body are still experiencing a HIMSS hangover. Do a girl a favor and drop me an email this week and tell me all the secrets you would have told Mr. H. Or, just send a note reminding me that my vacation will be coming soon. And thanks for reading.
A tornado rips the outside wall from three patient rooms at Harrisburg Medical Center (IL) and forces the evacuation of patients. The storm damaged multiple windows and tore heating and air conditioning systems from the building’s roof. Hospital administrators estimate damages in the millions.
Saint Alphonsus Health System (ID) signs an an agreement to implement MedVentive Population Manager and MedVentive Risk Manager.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on commerce, manufacturing, and trade hears testimony in favor of helping state build interoperable drug monitoring systems to reduce prescription drug misuse.
In case you didn’t get your fill of HIMSS and booth critiques, Dodge Communications sent a link to their fun post highlighting the best and worst from the exhibit floor. They name GE’s booth “Best in Show” based on its approachability and messaging. They also poke some fun at a few vendors’ lack of creativity:
Now, we know it’s tough to find relevant imagery in this business. And we see lots of free stock photography depicting smiling, multi-racial healthcare workers reveling in their use of the exhibitors’ technology. Definitely not easy. But pictures of bridges (“Bridges to meaningful use!”), stethoscopes (“We’re in healthcare!”), puzzle pieces (“Putting all the pieces together!”), and chain links (“We’re the missing link!”) are not cool! C’mon people, be more creative! The most effective way to see if your imagery resonates is to test it with the market. It’s easy to test, and it doesn’t take long to realize that your audience doesn’t think it’s cool either.
Geisinger Health Plan reports that its use of telemonitoring technology has reduced 30-day hospital readmissions by 44%. Using interactive voice response technology from AMC Health, case managers track post-hospital discharge patients’ biometric and symptom information in real-time.
Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center (MI) prepares for its August 1st go-live of Epic’s EMR.
A PwC study finds that 61% of hospitals and physician groups have formal clinical informatics programs and most plan to add additional technical analysts and clinical informaticists over the next two years.
Cumberland Consulting Group promotes John Waters, Charles Flint, and Leah Wilson to executive consultants.
First Databank launches a corporate rebranding initiative designed to focus attention on the company’s growth and future in clinical decision support. Mr. H checked in from his vacation long enough to point out that FDB’s press release mentions their sponsorship of HIStalk, which they call an “influential industry blog.” We like that.
EHR Scope launches AIMSConsultant, a service to provide anesthesiologists and operative facilities with information on anesthesia information management systems.
The Milwaukee paper profiles the Wisconsin HIE, which currently connects 13 area hospitals. No surprise here: the HIE’s executive director notes that the organization’s biggest obstacle to growth is not technology, but money.
HFMA awards Winthrop Resources its “Peer Reviewed” designation, based on the effectiveness, quality, price, value and support of Winthrop’s offerings.
CincyTech and Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center form QI Healthcare, an HIT company to commercialize Children’s proprietary quality-improvement software. CindyTech and Children’s are each investing $200,000 and have named John Atkinson (WebMD, Mede America, SourceMedical)as the new entity’s CEO.
HKS Medical Information Systems changes the company’s name to OTTR, d/b/a OTTR Chronic Care Solutions. OTTR is a provider of transplant patient tracking solutions.