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HERtalk by Inga

From: Sioux Supporter “Re: Janet Dillione. I can confirm that Janet Dillione has resigned from Siemens. No announcement of new role or firm, but the announcement was made Friday.” Still unconfirmed, though a few readers have sent note with similar messages.


From: Big Mouth “Re: iSOFT. iSoft loses another senior executive from it’s flagship business unit. Just confirmed from internal source that Keith Kirtland, UK&I Commercial and Sales Director resigned earlier this month. This is the 4th sales director in as many years and is expected to have a destabilising effect on both the Wales Lab deal and overall sales in the UK for this troubled NPfIT supplier. In February,  iSOFT reported significant drops in both revenue and profit.  This resignation will certainly impact 2nd half results.”

From: Beauty “Re: Press Releases. To Beastly – I see you are putting the spin on the negative. Any which way you slice it – too many press releases = too little bang…leaving out ‘for the buck’ cuz we know you are still pulling down the bucks. Too much noise at HIMSS…and those who would be interested are too busy ‘doing’ HIMSS. As for me – I deliberately launched product before HIMSS…with press release…specifically to avoid the noise and being one of the 100 needles lost in the haystack. Hmmm – opinion of the those who are in the business of press releases…or those of us targeted by the press releases?  Listen to your audience. Let’s have a HIStalk vote on this one!” Personally I am just happy that it took less than a week for me to finally weed through all those releases.

From: William Tell “DoD and VA disconnect. Nice to know CPOE and electronic records are going to solve everything . . . as if.”


From: Curious “Re: Promise Healthcare. I am curious about your opinion of them.” Alas, I have no opinion since I know nothing about them. In the absence of the ever-wise Mr. H, perhaps readers can weigh in.

From: Emily Dickinson “Re: Medical Manager execs guilty. Two former executives of Medical Manager Health Systems Inc. have been convicted of federal securities fraud after a two-month trial in U.S. District Court in Charleston, SC.” The company’s former VP and COO John P. Sessions and former president John H. Kang were found guilty of conspiracy to commit mail, wire and securities fraud for their part in a scheme to inflate Medical Manager’s earnings by more than $16.8 million between 1997 and 2003. Sentencing will occur at a later date.

From: Mr. H “Re: Charles McCall heading to prison.That news made my day.” Really? I get one email from Mr. H in four days, and this is all he has to say. What’s up with that?

Quest Diagnostics and Surescripts team up to form an integrated service that combines lab and prescription information available to connected physicians. I suppose that means that if my grandmother in Washington goes to a doctor in Florida, the Florida doctor might be able to access Grannie’s lab and prescription data. Now we are getting somewhere.

Surescripts, by the way, reports that e-prescribing rates tripled from 2007 to 2009, with an estimated 18% of all eligible prescriptions now being sent electronically. The number of prescribers routing prescriptions doubled from 2008 to 2009, and now includes 25% of all office-based physicians.


Huntington Memorial Hospital (CA) plans to offer HuntingtonRx, a branded version of Allscripts stand-alone e-prescribing solution, to its 1,000 affiliated physicians.

Five hospitals select Summit Healthcare as their sole integration partner to assist with migrations from current Meditech platforms to Meditech 6.0.

Annapolis Pediatrics selects Sage Intergy suite to automate its clinical and financial operations. Annapolis Pediatrics is a four-location, 21 provider group.

Trinity Health (MI) deploys Medicity’s Novo Grid solution, establishing an HIE between almost 1,000 affiliated physicians. The headline of the press release claims this first stage took “9-1/2 weeks,” which happens to be the same amount of time it took Kim Basinger’s Elizabeth to walk away from Mickey Rourke’s John.

Sisters of St. Francis Health Services (IN) select Epic for its 13-hospital system.

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center (WA) contracts with dbMotion to create an interoperable patient record for both in-hospital and ambulatory care providers.

UPMC introduces an EHR application that runs on a BlackBerry smartphone. The program leverages the interoperability platform created by dbMotion and provides a single view of key patient data from multiple information systems.

Henry Schein launches ConnectHealth, which partners companies in the EHR, medical device and computer services sectors. Specifically it sounds as if the new program leverages Henry Schein’s partnerships with several vendors to implement EMR in physician offices. Partner vendors include Allscripts, Midmark, Welch Allyn, Siemens, Dell, and Medline.


The nice folks at Bridgehead Software have invited me to visit their booth at the World of Health IT event in Barcelona, March 15-18. Bummer that I have a manicure scheduled during that time so I will have to miss the event. If you are attending, visit the Bridgehead team at Stand #841 and sign up to win an iPad.

Speaking of Spain, Gestion Sanitaria de Mallorca in Palma selects Orion Health technology to serve as the backbone for its EHR. The EHR solution will be the first for community care in Spain.

We have a new interview on HIStalk Practice with Dr. Joel Feinman of Valley Medical Group in Massachusetts. He’s an EMR proponent on many levels, but especially in terms of providing patient care: “I don’t see how you can do that anymore without some kind of electronic system that actually works.” Check it out and sign up for e-mail updates while you are there.

Today I joined a conference call with the wonderful sponsors of last weeks HIStalk reception. After accounting for walk-ins and a few no shows, total attendance was about 430, making it our biggest bash ever. Thanks again to Encore, Evolvent, and Symantec for making it such a great event.

General Dynamics Information Technology hires Raymond Sullivan to serve as VP of HIT Solutions, tasked with business development for the federal government and commercial health organizations. Sullivan was previously executive director of the VA’s Office of Information and Technology.

Hospital nurses estimate they spend a quarter of their 12-hour shift on indirect patient care. Wow. While not providing direct patient care, nurses are working on regulatory requirements, handling lots of paperwork, and securing needed equipment and supplies. Solutions recommended by surveyed nurses include more ancillary staff support, better hospital-wide communications technology, and reductions in redundant regulatory requirements.

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Anne Arundel Medical Center (MD) implements Corepoint Integration Engine to facilitate a migration to Epic’s HIS and improve clinical data exchange with community physicians and patients.

In what could be the greatest news of the decade, a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that normal-weight women who drink a light to moderate amount of alcohol appear to gain less weight and have a lower risk of becoming overweight and obese than non-drinkers. On that note, I’m off to find a cocktail.


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Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. Regarding: From: Mr. H “Re: Charles McCall heading to prison.That news made my day.” – That makes my day also. It took long enough… I’m a former HBOC employee that, fortunately, sold my small amount of stock before the McKesson acquisition. However, I know a lot of people who lost a lot of retirement savings on that debacle (I know, you shouldn’t have all your eggs in one basket). The prison term of 10 years is probably appropriate, but $1 million is a drop in his bucket based on all he made during his term at HBOC, while keeping that stock price on a steady (too smooth to be believed) upward climb. Justice is (partially) served.

  2. To Beauty “Re: Press Releases. To Beastly – … opinion of the those who are in the business of press releases?…”

    I’m not really in the “business of press releases,” but I’ve written and followed up on my fair share. It used to be that press releases were strictly for the press, but they’ve morphed into a marketing tactic, especially now that services like PRNewswire and Business Wire get so much search engine traffic. If you’re looking for media coverage, a vanilla press release isn’t going to do much for you. Better to leverage a PR firm with strong relationships in the space who can help you find and leverage a newsworthy hook. They might just utiliize a press release as their vehicle, but their media relationships will be what really gets you coverage.

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