Allscripts layoffs, which HIStalk readers have been reporting for the last several weeks, finally happen, with 250 indeed being the magic number. Several readers chimed in with their opinions just as the company made the cuts. Allscripts Peon pointed out that Allscripts “continues to lie to employees and cut staffing levels. Last month, 250-300 employees were cut so leadership could ‘right size’ the company. At that time, senior leaders told remaining employees that further cuts were not anticipated or being contemplated. Last Friday (5/15), another 250 or more employees got the axe as executives again said they were ‘right sizing’ the company. Apparently Paul Black and his team have no clue what the right size is for Allscripts.” Broadway Joe added that layoffs affected DBMotion, too. In terms of “right sizing,” the layoffs represent 3.5 percent of the company’s global workforce. Spokeswoman Concetta DiFranco explained that, “As a normal course of business, we are rebalancing our teams to ensure we have the right resources allocated to the right projects." I’m wondering how “right” those 250 folks feel right about now.
Here’s the video from Tuesday’s webinar with Imprivata, which featured tips on how to prevent phishing attacks at healthcare facilities, as well as lessons learned from Yale New Have Health System.
May 20 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Principles and Priorities of Accountable Care Transformation.” Sponsored by Health Catalyst. Presenter: Marie Dunn, director of analytics, Health Catalyst. Healthcare systems must build the competencies needed to succeed under value-based payment models while remaining financially viable in the fee-for-service landscape. This webinar will outline key near-term priorities for building competency at successfully managing at-risk contracts, with a particular focus on the importance of leveraging data to drive effective decision making
May 27 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Introducing Health Catalyst Academy: An Innovative Approach for Accelerating Outcomes Improvement.” Sponsored by Health Catalyst. Presenters: Tommy Prewitt, MD, director, Healthcare Delivery Institute at Horne LLP; Bryan Oshiro, MD, SVP and chief medical officer, Health Catalyst. The presenters, who are graduates of Intermountain’s Advanced Training Program, will introduce the Health Catalyst Academy’s Accelerated Practices program, a unique learning experience that provides the tools and knowledge for participants to improve quality, lower cost, accelerate improvement, and sustain gains.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
Welltok acquires predictive analytics company Predilytics for an undisclosed sum. The timing is interesting, given that Predilytics secured a $10 million Series C round last December. Welltok will likely incorporate the new company’s tools into its CaféWell health optimization platform.
Announcements and Implementations
ADP AdvancedMD launches patient and administrative kiosk apps, plus corresponding electronic check-in and consent forms.
Surescripts announces the processing of 6.5 billion health data transactions last year, surpassing transaction heavyweights American Express and PayPal.
The Hilo Medical Center’s Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center implements Meditech Oncology 6.0x, making it the ninth and final clinic in the HMC network to migrate from paper to the EHR. The five-year, system-wide project also included implementation of secure patient bill pay through the East Hawaii Regional Patient Portal.
Arkansas Heart Hospital and Arkansas Urology implement Pingmd’s secure text messaging solution across 35 facilities. The app has been in use at each organization’s main facility in Little Rock for over a year.
Stoltenberg Consulting partners with Qlik to offer the visual analytics vendor’s data solutions to its clients.
HealthCare Synergy becomes the first home health EHR vendor to partner with Great Lakes Health Connect, a Michigan-based HIE that connects over 80 percent of hospital beds and 10,000 providers throughout the state.
Government and Politics
An OIG report finds the Coast Guard sorely lacking when it comes to protecting personnel medical records, citing a lack of instruction and process to periodically review health data security measures. The report also found no evidence of meetings between the Coast Guard’s privacy and HIPAA officers, and noted a lack of leadership as the main barrier to be overcome. The copious amounts of paper files pictured in the report (along with one black-and-white photo of a flooded records room) are also cause for concern.
Privacy and Security
The IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative releases “Building Code for Medical Device Software Security,” a 23-page set of guidelines that aims to help companies “establish a secure baseline for software development and production practices of medical devices.”
Innovation and Research
New York-Presbyterian Hospital launches InnovateNYP, a 10-week technology competition in which contestants will develop working prototypes that improve patient engagement or provider collaboration. Entries are due July 24, with a top prize of $15,000.
A study of over 300,000 free-text machine-readable documents in the Stanford Health Care EHR finds that text-mining tools can be used to detect unplanned care episodes documented in clinician notes or in coded encounter data. Researchers believe their methods could be used for quality improvement efforts in which “events of interest occur outside of a network that allows for patient data sharing.”
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper (NJ) and behavioral health technology company Polaris Health Directions will launch a breast cancer behavioral health pilot project incorporating the Apple Watch. Wearable data on treatment side effects, sleep patterns, activity levels, and mood will be combined with patient EHR and population health data from within the Cooper health system to provide researchers with greater insight into engagement, feedback, and intervention.
Flatiron Health will incorporate National Comprehensive Cancer Network Chemotherapy Order Templates into its OncoEMR, beginning with breast, colon, and non-small cell lung cancers. The EHR will also link to NCCN’s website to provide oncologists with additional resources.
Fruit Street Health taps Validic to integrate wearable devices and applications into its telehealth software, PHR, and video-conferencing platform.
Proxsys partners with mobile technology developer Catavolt to create a bedside discharge delivery app for tablets. The new app will be deployed throughout the Proxsys Rx Integrated Outpatient Pharmacy Provider network.
Jonathan Scholl (Texas Health Resources) joins Leidos as health and engineering sector president.
Hai Tran (BioScrip) joins Specialists on Call as CFO.
Recondo Technology appoints Eldon Richards (PatientPoint) CTO and Perry Sweet (Allscripts) as chief client officer.
Mark Reed, MD (Seattle Children’s Hospital) joins JWA Consulting, a part of Truven Health Analytics, as medical director.
This article highlights the decade-long collaboration between physicians at the Uganda Cancer Institute and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle). The two organizations are preparing to open a new research, training, and outpatient facility in Uganda. It will be the first comprehensive cancer center jointly built by U.S. and African cancer institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.
HIMSS issues a call for members of its new Health Business Solutions Technology Task Force. The group will facilitate discussion between health IT vendors and end-users, review legislative and administrative initiatives, and educate policymakers on aligning regulatory requirements with business needs.
- ADP AdvancedMD explains “What the Meaningful Use deadline means for your practice” in a new blog.
- The San Antonio Express-News covers AirStrip’s expansion into home health.
- AirWatch recaps its first annual employee hackathon in a new blog.
- AtHoc recaps its annual user conference in its latest blog.
- Besler Consulting explains “The Role of Discharge Disposition in Preventing Hospital Readmissions” in a new blog.
- Bottomline Technologies and Cornerstone Advisors Group will exhibit at the MUSE conference May 26-29 in Nashville, TN.
- CapsuleTech offers a new blog entitled, “Are you aware that your patient’s ventilator has just disconnected?”
- Caradigm outlines “How Population Health Enriches the Patient Record” in a new blog.
- CareTech Solutions offers a new video explaining the benefits of cloud services in today’s healthcare environment.
- Clinical Architecture recaps its HIMSS15 fundraising efforts for the Music Empowers Foundation, Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, and St. Joseph the Worker School
- CommVault adds several new cloud solutions to its line of enterprise products.
- Connance’s Patient-Pay optimization solution receives HFMA Peer Review designation.
- CoverMyMeds Vice President of Customer Relations Michelle Brown discusses how to scale up a company’s culture during a Startup Week event in Columbus, OH.
- Culbert Healthcare Solutions offers a new blog on “Improving Population Health using Epic’s Healthy Planet.”
- Divurgent offers a new white paper entitled, “Population Health: Laying the Foundation of Healthcare’s Next Generation of Care.”
- Medecision offers a new blog entitled, “From Patients to People: Leveraging Analytics to Improve Population Health.”
- Burwood Group posts a new blog entitled, “ED Caregivers, Tech – Let’s Get Together.”
- Practice Unite offers a new blog entitled, “[Checklist] Evaluating Mobile Patient Engagement Apps.”
- SyTrue offers a new visual blog focusing on industry response to its Radiology NLP offering.
- Microsoft blogs about its experience demonstrating nVoq’s SayIt speech-recognition solution on Surface Pro 3 tablets at HIMSS.