From The PACS Designer: “Re: iPhone 5. A rumored feature is a 4-inch screen versus the 3.5 inch screen in the iPhone 4. Another new feature is called haptic touch, which gives the user the feel of a real keyboard click.”
Several folks said they enjoyed reading about the innovative companies named by the HIStalk Advisory Panel. Me too, so I’ve decided to open up the process to anybody who works for a provider organization. Send me the name of an innovative company you’ve hired at your place and tell me why you like them. Use your work e-mail account so I know you’re really a provider and not a shill. I’ll summarize the responses, omitting those companies I’ve already mentioned.
My Time Capsule editorial this week from 2007: Surprise! Below-Average Doctors Use EMRs, Too, in which I say, “Personally, I don’t care whether my doctor uses electronic medical records, pen and paper, or a stone tablet and chisel. His tools are his business. I judge him on my personal outcomes. I expect him to invest in whatever it takes to deliver those outcomes, no different expectations than I would have for a mechanic, masseuse, or chef.” But since them, my doc has moved to an EMR and is a shining example of how to use it right: we view it together, he pays it minimal attention when I’m talking, and he uses previous data points (labs, weight, etc.) to put the current values in perspective. I’d probably not care whether he used an EMR if he was the only provider I ever see, but in this day and age, that would be highly unusual.
A Delaware court grants HealthCor its motion for an expedited hearing on its complaint against Allscripts. The investment company, which is a big Allscripts shareholder, wants the company’s annual shareholder meeting pushed back from June 15 to give it time to submit its own slate of three directors and to enlist shareholder support for that slate via proxy votes. The court date will be June 14, the day before the shareholder meeting – that should provide some drama.
Vinc’s HIS-tory is his second installment on product names.
The Minneapolis papers are having a field day with the Fairview-Accretive story, knowing that those stories are easy to write and are inflammatory enough to boost dying print circulation for a day or two. In the latest installment, they find patients with anecdotal stories about Accretive’s collection practices, such as, “After they put me on a morphine drip, they came into the emergency room with a credit card machine. Because I had an IV in my arm and had limited mobility, they handed me my purse so I could pay them on the spot.” Fairview also admits that sometimes Accretive collected more than the amount eventually owed and refunds were slow in being sent, with a least one patient’s refund still not delivered after eight years. The papers don’t seem to be writing stories about the many patients in every hospital who keep coming back for additional services without any intention of paying, even though they are financially capable. That’s because the real story is a lot harder to write — why hospital charges are so high that patients can’t or won’t pay (high salaries, low efficiency, expensive buildings, low ROI information systems, lack of incentives to lower costs, etc.)
The Pittsburgh newspaper examines an interesting issue related to a $1.37 million settlement against UPMC Presbyterian. Four doctors were accused of changing the patient’s electronic medical record to hide their mistakes, but at UPMC’s request, the doctors were removed as defendants in the lawsuit. The hospital pays, while the docs get off with no record of wrongdoing in practitioner databases. Federal law requires that doctors be reported if they were dismissed from a lawsuit as a condition of settlement, but hospitals and insurance companies don’t do it. The AMA’s position is that settlements of questionable medical liability lawsuits have little to do with physician competence, so they aren’t fans of more detailed practitioner reporting. I’m not sure I disagree, but maybe it would make sense to launch a separate investigation into possible practitioner wrongdoing every time a lawsuits are filed.
UC San Diego Health Sciences CMIO Joshua Lee is named CIO of USC Health.
BESLER Consulting promotes Jonathan Besler to president and CEO. He was previously senior director of client services. Former President Brian Sherin will transition to senior advisor.
Murray-Calloway County Hospital brings on Annette Ballard as CIO. She was previously with Jacobus Consulting.
WNA is also fascinated with this weight loss story. A 70-year-old woman whose slow weight gain had swelled her stomach to the size of a huge beach ball is found to have a benign ovarian cyst. Her surgeon removes the 56-pound, fluid-filled mass, but is modest about his achievement, saying he’s seen a 100-pounder and the record is over 300 pounds.
Spokane, WA-based radiology provider Inland Imaging LLC spins off Nuvodia, with plans to offer its technology services nationally.
Nokia and the X Prize Foundation announce the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing X Challenge, a competition to stimulate development of continuous sensors for public health issues such as obesity, chronic diseases, and aging. Three competitive rounds will be held over the next three years and will likely include teams progressing toward the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize.
Memorial Day is not just a three-day weekend — it’s the one day set aside each year to honor those who have died in military service. Go to the beach, picnic, or have a cookout, but please take a moment to honor the memory of those who gave up all of those things to die thousands miles from home while serving their country (and are dying still today.) Most of us will never experience or even understand their sacrifice, but the least we can do is take a few minutes from our year-round comfortable existence to honor it.