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March 14, 2010 News 4 Comments

From McMessy: “Re: McKesson report. The author of the report states ‘this channel check is not inconsistent with other checks we have made on MCK and its HCIT products.’ The client in the report indicated that its HERM implementation process started more than a year ago and may take another 18 months to complete. The hospital also said they are currently at HIMSS Stage 6 but that there are about seven Stage 1 criteria that the hospital still does not meet. Ouch!! Another ringing endorsement for HIMSS Analytics! Don’t you need to meet all the Stage 1 criteria before you can get to Stage 2-7?” Not really surprising considering the science fair of wildly different products that share the Horizon Clinicals nameplate, running decentralized development shops for what should be a single product suite, and never-ending employee turnover. But, it works fine in some places and some of their competitors have similar problems.

From The PACS Designer: “Re: HealthVault. Microsoft’s HealthVault application is now ready so that we can create our own PHR along with one for other family members. TPD has posted previously about Microsoft’s Silverlight application which is now part of HealthVault. Also within HealthVault is their Sharepoint application. If you have a Windows Live ID or OpenID you can use either ID to sign up.”


My FDA regulation poll drew quite a few responses, most of which expressed a belief that FDA will indeed step in to regulate healthcare IT in some form. New poll to your right: when a vendor has good news to announce in the weeks before HIMSS, should they announce it immediately, hold it until HIMSS week, or announce afterward? Most vendors hold their news until Monday of the conference, which I think is nuts, but you decide.


Speaking of FDA, it has set up a network of 350 hospitals and asked them to report problems with systems such as CPOE, EHRs, pharmacy systems, PACS, and others under its MedSun medical device safety network, according to a Huffington Post Investigative Fund article.

Inga already referenced Dr. HITECH’s Meaningful Yoose Rap, world premiered at the HIStalk reception at HIMSS, but I’ll embed the video again just in case you missed it. In case you didn’t notice, this was a flawless live performance by Ross Martin, MD, best known until now for his amazing Interoperetta.

And speaking of Inga, she did a marvelous job while I was R&Ring, don’t you think? I never thought I would find someone who could step right in, but we’ve been working together for three years now and she has blossomed wonderfully. I will apologize in advance for the likelihood that I will repeat something she has already mentioned since I’ve been out of touch for a week. Stats-wise, February barely missed setting an HIStalk record even though it was a short month, with 88,057 visits, 120,075 page views, and 5,346 e-mail subscribers. March is trending up. You contributed to those stats, so thanks for that.

As for me, I am rarin’ to go, batteries fully recharged and ecstatic to be back. And listening: Apples in Stereo, Denver-based power pop.

Inga mentioned that I was elated that former HBOC chair Charlie McCall is headed off to prison, which is true. Finally I can quit gritting my teeth when inserting “alleged” in in describing the massive fraud with which his train wreck of a company blighted the industry (although McKesson gets an assist for corporate stupidity in buying him out). It now looks like the decks have been cleared for McKesson to sue him for restitution, which would win them points in my book.

Community Health Solutions of America signs up for MEDai’s Risk Navigator, a predictive modeling suite that identifies high risk patients and tools to manage them.

InterSystems acquires its Italian healthcare implementation partner Prosa.

Former Shands CIO Bill Montgomery is named CIO of Hospital Sisters Health System.


Interesting: when Tiger Woods ended up in a Central Florida hospital, tabloid site TMZ made over 6,000 calls to the hospital within a few hours, dialing every possible number trying to find someone who would provide information. It even offered bribes to hourly workers hoping to get his medical records, the hospital said. It worked — the hospital fired several employees who accessed his records. I’m pretty sure nobody’s HIPAA policies could withstand that kind of attack. Nor am I sure why trying to get someone to violate HIPAA isn’t itself a punishable offense.

I don’t know where Weird News Andy finds this stuff: a Dutch nurses’ union launches a national campaign to remind the citizenry that its members do not routinely provide sexual services to patients. The “I Draw the Line Here” campaign was created after a female nurse observed co-workers offering gratification to a disabled male patient, who then tried to dismiss her because she would not do the same.

CTIA Wireless 2010, in Las Vegas next week, is running an Everywhere Healthcare 2010 track with some good sessions.

Hopefully everybody’s Daylight Saving Time switch went OK.

The Nashville Medical Trade Center, hoping to become a center for healthcare industry events, tried to use the HIMSS conference as a launching pad to get business tenants, but doesn’t seem to have had much immediate success according to this article.

DR Systems will debut its Unity cardiovascular information system this week at ACC.

The unSummit on point-of-care bar coding will be May 5-7 in Atlanta. 

Deborah Peel, MD is the subject of the cover story in Managed Healthcare Executive called Locking down privacy: where do we draw the line? “All 55,000 pharmacies in the United States are data-mined daily, and our identifiable prescription records have been sold for over 10 years. The theft of prescription information is why Congress was persuaded to include the ban on the sale of protected health information in the HITECH bill. I think that the industry is in denial because there is a huge, essentially unknown data-mining industry for health information."


The guys from the Access barbeque team sent over this picture, which has convinced me they should set up the smoker in the parking lot of the Orange County Convention Center at next year’s HIMSS conference. Give a prospect a plate of pulled pork and a beer and he will listed to what you have to say.

Meta Healthcare IT Solutions, formerly Meta Pharmacy Systems, has added CPOE, eMAR, and clinical documentation to its product lineup.

West Penn Allegheny Health System admits that a programming error caused incorrect prostate exam interpretations that affected 288 patients.

A former Texas social services administrator who championed a failed social services privatization effort starts a company that is given a no-bid software contract to help fix the mess.

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Currently there are "4 comments" on this Article:

  1. “Speaking of FDA, it has set up a network of 350 hospitals and asked them to report problems with systems such as CPOE, EHRs, pharmacy systems, PACS, and others ”

    Better late than never. It seems that the FDA is asking the hospitals to violate their contracts with the vendors. With hospitals being rewarded as handsomely as they are by the HIT vendors to keep defects hushed, it is unlikely that the hospitals will report. A dear doctor letter to the users will be more likely to hit the sweet spot of the truth.

  2. Re: Meaningful Yoose Rap – would love to see a written copy of the lyrics. Some of this was hard to understand on the video.

  3. “Give a prospect a plate of pulled pork and a beer and he will listed to what you have to say.”

    Or as we say in the Free Will Baptist Church, “If you feed them they will come.” Of course, being baptists, we’re more likely to offer sweet tea. 😉

    Glad you’re back and rearing to go Mr. HISTalk! And I didn’t realize the meaningful use rapper was the same virtuoso who gave us the HITECH Interoperetta (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1s8fM3mMk). I’d read some sources that cited you as the singer.

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