ECRI Institute’s “2013 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards” report includes several patient issues that are IT-related or potentially IT-solvable: alarm hazards (#1); IV infusion pump errors (#2); data mismatches in clinical IT systems (#4); interoperability failures between IT systems and medical devices (#5); and caregiver distractions due to mobile devices (#9). The nonprofit organization’s report, which contains good assessment tools and recommendations, is available as an immediate and free download with registration.
From Ron Strachan: “Re: Community Health Network in Indianapolis. I’m happy to report that we’re live on the final wave of Epic sites. Community is an Enterprise customer and now has four hospitals and over 200 sites of care live on EpicCare. The install started in April 2011.” Congratulations to the team there and to the CIO, which happens to be Ron. Epic “waves” of ambulatory go-lives within an organization are like an army’s push into enemy territory – cause for concern beforehand, but worth celebrating after the careful planning pays off.
From Karl: “Re: for Inga and Dr. Jayne. Beware … you are about to lose substantial time and money too.” The Pinterest page is shoe porn for the ladies, or possibly for cash-eager healthcare providers who specialize in treating the foot and leg damage that some of the more bizarre models surely cause. But as they say, it’s better to look good than to feel good.
From Tarheel Ingenue: “Re: UNC Health Care. Named Epic vendor of choice on Friday.” Unverified, but hardly surprising given that not only is Epic getting just about every big-hospital deal, they have several of UNC’s academic hospital neighbors as customers (Duke, Wake Forest Baptist, Pitt County in Greenville, and probably others I’m forgetting.)
From JB: “Re: soft drinks. Mayor Bloomberg isn’t the only one banning the sale of sugary drinks.” Children’s Mercy of Kansas City, MO will stop the sale of all sugar-containing drinks on January 1, including sugar-loaded faux healthy fruit juices. The hospital cafeteria emphasizes healthier food choices, encourages purchase of fruits and vegetables, and plans to trash their deep fryers by 2015. They will also switch all IVs from dextrose to normal saline starting in 2015 (OK, I made that part up). This is an admirable step in trying to lead by example. Outsourced food service departments of hospitals are big-time nutritional offenders in serving whatever is easy and cheap, although in their defense they’re selling what people unfortunately want. It would be interesting to see how many overweight people suck down sugary drinks regularly, which are surely the least-satisfying calories you can take in. Put your finger a third of the way up the side of a soda can – that’s how far the 140 calories’ worth of sugar would pile up if you removed the colored water.
HIStalk Announcements and Requests
I plan to get comfy on the couch tonight in front of the TV to watch the election returns. Hopefully by the week’s end I can unhide a few of my more politically passionate Facebook friends whose various posts have raised my blood pressure in recent weeks. I’ll then be happy to ignore all politics for awhile – at least until Bill Clinton keynotes at HIMSS.
We like reading tweets from conferences, so we’re offering sponsors a free tweet box from their annual user meetings. The one from Imprivata’s HealthCon is running to your right.
Speaking of meetings, AMIA’s seems to be going well judging from the tweets. Your report is welcome since we aren’t there.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
NexJ pays $5.5 million to acquire Broadstreet Data Solutions, a provider of data management, analytics, and mobile solutions.
Shareholders of Streamline Health Solutions vote to convert $5.7 million in convertible notes to preferred stock in order to reduce company debt and reduce interest expense.
Hearst Corporation, whose holdings include Zynx Health and First Databank, will acquire Milliman Care Guidelines LLC, a provider of evidence-based clinical healthcare databases.
Tenet Healthcare subsidiary Conifer Health Solutions, which provides business process management services to 500 hospitals, acquires Dell’s revenue cycle management business for hospitals and healthcare systems.
Vocera reports Q3 results: revenue up 27 percent, EPS $0.07 vs. -$0.25, beating estimates on both and raising earnings guidance.
As we reported earlier, McKesson announces that it will acquire Emendo Ltd., the New Zealand-based vendor of the CapPlan hospital capacity planning solution. Its customers are in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and Canada, with some US hospitals signed since it began marketing here through partners in 2010.
Legacy Health (OR) contracts with Explorys for its platform and enterprise performance management applications to power Legacy’s PCMH and ACO initiatives.
Altru Health System (ND) selects Perceptive Software’s content and process management solutions to complement its Epic patient registration, HIM, and patient finance processes.
Baptist Health (AR) chooses the Patient Access Intelligence and Revenue Cycle Intelligence solutions from MedeAnalytics.
First Choice Health Centers (CT) signs with eClinicalWorks for its six-location community health center organization.
Coosa Valley Medical Center (AL) selects Merge Healthcare’s iConnect Enterprise Clinical platform, including Merge PACS, iConnect Access, and iConnect Enterprise Archive.
HomeTown Health buys McKesson’s CareEnhance-Review Manager Enterprise technology to increase the accuracy and efficiency of medical necessity review and documentation among its network of rural hospitals and providers.
Kaiser Permanente promotes President and COO Bernard Tyson to chairman and CEO, replacing the retiring George Halvorson.
Stuart Nelson, MD (US National Library of Medicine) joins Apelon as chief innovation officer.
The TriZetto Group hires Jeffrey Rose, MD (Ascension Health) as CMIO.
The Georgia CIO Leadership Association names Emory Healthcare CIO Dee Cantrell its CIO of the Year.
Tony Fonze, CIO of Carondelet Health Network (AZ), is named president and CEO of Carondelet’s St. Joseph’s Hospital of Tucson.
Announcements and Implementations
NYU College of Nursing and Rubbermaid Medical Solutions combine resources to develop and enhance clinical technology solutions for nursing education that will include scholarship programs, telemedicine projects, and educational initiatives.
The executive director of HealtheConnections reports that about 1.2 million people in central and northern New York are now connected to its HIE.
First Databank releases the ICD-10 code set within its FDB MedKnowledge clinical decision support drug knowledge.
nVoq and Mi-Corporation will collaborate to deliver voice-enabled versions of commonly used templates for the home health and long-term care industries and will develop additional voice-enabled e-Forms for other healthcare settings.
One of my Advisory Panel members mentioned using Vendormate to review the financials and sanction record of prospective vendors. The healthcare-specific company recently announced Medzo, an online service that matches the needs of buyers with seller offerings, potentially eliminating the RFI process. Vendormate’s network covers 70,000 companies, 660,000 provider-vendor relationships, and 48,000 users. Hospitals get free access and vendors get a free basic listing in Medzo.
Government and Politics
A Masachusetts law went into effect this week that prohibits employers from requiring nurses to work overtime.
Innovation and Research
A Rand Corporation study finds that physicians with fewer than 10 years of experience account for 13.2 percent higher overall costs than physicians with 40 or more years of experience.
GE Healthcare issues a field safety notice to physicians warning of a potential defect in its Centricity PACS imaging systems that could result in the loss of images when sending exams from one Centricity PACS to another.
Eleven vendors own 80 percent of the HIE market, according to a new KLAS report. Epic, ICA, and Siemens MobileMD earned the top scores for overall connectivity and satisfaction, though scores for all HIE vendors except Cerner have declined over the past year.
Social workers in British Columbia are startled when their computers display the home page of the US Department of Homeland Security and an entry form labeled “Co-Conspirator.” Their new, problem-plagued software was modified from Homeland Security’s system by a contractor at a cost of $194 million and counting. The government shut down an $89 million student information system last year after giving up that its problems could be fixed.
Strange: a doctor tells a British couple who aren’t having any luck conceiving that the problem might be the husband’s laptop, which he props in his lap for several hours each evening to use Facebook. Three months after the husband starts using a table instead of his lap, his wife becomes pregnant.
- The Sandy Relief Drive of SRS generated almost $5,000 in employee donations, which the company then matched in purchasing supplies for affected employees. The balance of the money will be donated to the Red Cross and Governor Christie’s Relief Fund.
- GetWellNetwork completes its 350th interface in US hospitals.
- CHMB (CA) partners with Ingenious Med to expand its RCM service offerings to hospitalists.
- Intelligent InSites announces that its software platform integrates with the ultra wide band RTLS from PLUS Location Systems.
- iSirona offers a $1,500 prize to the winners of a Code-A-Thon programming challenge at Florida State University.
- ICSA Labs calls for qualified EHR technology developers of both complete EHRs and EHR modules to participate in a pilot program for the 2014 Edition certification criteria.
- Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae discusses the growth of his company and its approach to software integration in a video interview.
- Imprivata is ranked 26th in the medium company category of 2012 Top Places to Work in Massachusetts.
- eClinicalWorks receives full NCQA certification as a CAHPS PCMH survey vendor to conduct NCQA HEDIS surveys.
- Philips SpeechMike Premium earns a perfect score of six dragons on Nuance Communication’s recording accuracy test for assessing compatibility with the latest version of Dragon Naturally Speaking.
- Dawn Mitchell and Kathy Krypel of Aspen Advisors will co-present break-out sessions at next week’s HIMSS Midwest Fall Technology Conference in Des Moines, IA.
- Eye Health Services (MA) selects SRS EHR for its 21 providers and 11 locations.
- Quality IT Partners sponsored the 13th Annual Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative Gala and hosted a patient from the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute last week.