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Cumberland Consulting Group Acquires Cipe Consulting Group

Nashville,TN-based Cumberland Consulting Group acquires Cipe Consulting Group, a Seattle-based firm that specialized in EHR and Revenue Cycle projects.

Is Meaningful Use Becoming the Next ICD10?

Eric Boehme, associate director of informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, questions the future of the EHR Incentive Program after MU Stage 2 is delayed, ONC National Coordinator, Farzad Mostashari, CMS Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, and the HSS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius all resign, and ONC’s stimulus funding begins to dry up.

Lack of input, training created problems with Athens Regional electronic records system

A local paper reports that two Cerner VP’s and the hospital’s own CMO are blaming the IT department at Athens Regional Health System for its failed $31 million implementation, saying that IT-led installs are atypical and that the clinicians that would ultimately be the primary end users should have made many of the decisions that were being made by IT leadership.

Beware Bad Data About Hospitals

Johns Hopkins’ patient safety expert Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD publishes an editorial on the unregulated and often confusing state of hospital quality data.

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  1. So, does Cerner get off just like that at Athens? Blame IT?

    Maybe that’s what Epic should have done at Wake Forest.

    Shouldn’t we have 6 or 8 months of Forbes stories and a Modern HealthCare Issue dedicated to the Athens debacle?

  2. Looks like more Epic quals for the Cumberland group. Wonder what Epic’s newly created consultancy practice thinks of this? Cipe is Epic backwards – clever guys. Cumberland backwards is dnalrebmuC.

  3. 1st of all, “Of Course, Physicians should have been leading it (Or at least making the key decisions)”. However, where was this Cerner VP and CMO at the START of the project? How many times does IT get stuck leading because the users refuse?

    So, if the end users won’t take the lead, or at least co-lead, should you do the project?

  4. Cipe has been shopped around for a while, and Epic is the only thing they do. Cumberland is PE backed, and they spent money on a single threaded business? They could have found the same 50 people in the market that is now saturated with Epic independents. BTW, we are still waiting to hear or see more about the Epic consultant business. As a client said, ‘so you sell me your Epic system, and now you charge me more for the Epic employees with more tenure?” Why did we not get them in the first place?!?!

    With regards to the Athens install and the CEO and CIO losing their positions, if it truly a IT managed, sponsored, and run implementation without collaborative efforts of other stakeholders such as clinicians, then they deserved to lose their jobs. Shame on them. This has been written, talked, presented, debated etc for the last 10 years that new 4th gen systems that more clinical focused need to have clinicians on board. Gee, you would think people would get it after a while. BUT, they will show up at another site soon, stay tuned!

  5. #healthitpundit – I am guessing the acquisition was more about acquiring the client list than the consultant roster (at least I would hope so, otherwise you are spot on).

    That being said, anyone have any idea what the purchase price was?







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