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From The PACS Designer: “Re: cloud printing from Chrome. Google has in development a new application that will give Chrome users the ability to send documents to the cloud for printing by a wireless network or cloud-aware printer.”  

From SantaBarbaraLocal: “Re: Santa Barbara Cottage going with Epic. It’s actually Sansum Clinic, which is adjacent to the hospital, that has signed with Epic.” A couple of readers confirmed. That makes more sense than the hospital replacing Eclipsys.

From Brit: “Re: NHS projects in the South. They are being delayed even further because the government bureaucrats are getting cold feet about using Cerner’s Upgrade Center in KC. They have asked BT to build an equivalent center in London, which will push projects out by months and cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars more.” Unverified.


Nashville Medical Trade Center gets its first anchor tenant — HIMSS, which will make the facility the year-round home for its Interoperability Showcase. The company developing the $250 million facility says it will try to entice vendors who are HIMSS members to lease space by offering them discounts. HIMSS will now literally be even closer to its high-paying constituents.

Q1 numbers for MedAssets: revenue up 18%, EPS $0.09 vs. $0.03, beating estimates.


Weird News Andy felt bad that I missed the 3 millionth HIStalk visitor, so he “went into my time machine” (which probably means he Photoshopped the above since the next-to-last zero looks a bit clipped) to commemorate the moment.


The National Association of Healthcare Access Management conference starts in Orlando’s Marriott World Center this weekend. The folks from SCI Solutions will offer a Stress Free Zone on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 before the exhibits open, with free drinks and massages.

If you clicked the Like button on the HIStalk Facebook widget to your right, thanks! Inga and I don’t get to know who’s reading all that often, so that’s pretty cool.

Also announced after the market close: athenahealth’s Q1 results: revenue up 33%, EPS $0.01 vs. $0.04. News that spending was up 72% without immediate growth wasn’t taken well by investors, with shares dropping 15% in after-hours trading.

Cerner’s Q2 results, announced Wednesday: revenue up 10%, EPS $0.59 vs. $0.49. Bookings were at an all-time high. Pretty good considering that their hosting services cut into the hardware revenue. New services are mentioned, including running IT departments and revenue cycle services. ProFit finally gets a mention, although not by name, with “great progress” claimed. Oddly, Cerner will resell Pyxis while selling its on RxStation medication dispensing cabinet, also planning to tie into Alaris smart pumps with its medical device hub.

Jobs: Eclipsys Physician Consultant, Soarian Clinicals Consultants, Chief Information Officer.

A flash drive containing information on 25,000 patients turns up missing from Our Lady of Peace, a Kentucky psychiatric hospital. Like everyone else who gets burned, they vow to start encrypting.

The folks from CattailsMD responded to the rumor Alphonso’s rumor from Monday that the project is in trouble and executives have moved on. The leadership changes did occur, with Bob Carlson taking a different role and Paul Olinski retiring, but they say the EMR is now used by more people outside of Marshfield Clinic than within, they just released a dental module for it, and an external customer will implement it using an accelerated go-live process to reach Meaningful Use.

DPS Health, UCLA, and a South African women’s organization announce a study to look at the effectiveness of using text messaging for peer support of people with Type 2 diabetes.

Nuance deploys its eScription computer-aided transcription solution to four NHS trusts in the UK as a pay-per-use SaaS offering.

RTLS vendor Awarepoint announces management changes: the CEO has been replaced, former McKesson executive Ben Sperling is brought in as VP of business development, and former UCSD Medical Center associate administrator and Awarepoint client Thomas Hamelin is hired as SVP of business process improvement.

The CEO of Telus, interviewed on Bloomberg TV, explains the importance of healthcare to the company’s business and why it may pursue telecommunications acquisitions to support it.


Vish Sankaran, manager of the Connect gateway to NHIN for ONCHIT and former Brailer guy at CareScience, resigns. He was program director of the Federal Health Architecture program. His LinkedIn profile says he’s interested in job inquiries, so I’m betting he got one from one of the usual government contractors.


A group offering free clinics staffed by volunteers was founded by Stan Brock, a guy who wrestled animals on TV in Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom in the 1960s, just in case you were parked in front of the three-channel black and white back then. I like this guy: he decided to leave TV in 1985 “to make people better”. Here’s a snip from a newspaper profile:

Today, Brock has no money, no income, and no bank account. He spends 365 days a year at the charity events, sleeping on a small rolled-up mat on the floor and living on a diet made up entirely of porridge and fresh fruit. In some quarters, he has been described, without too much exaggeration, as a living saint.

The British University in Dubai will host that country’s first national meeting on health informatics on May 5. The one-day program is free.

A Maryland startup will commercialize the Blink lab monitoring software for critical care developed at University of Maryland, Baltimore.


Park Nicollet Health Services will pilot diagnostic software from Zipnosis, a Minneapolis startup run by a co-founder of MinuteClinic. Patients pay $25 online by credit card, take a five-minute automated interview online, a clinician interprets the results, the patient gets an answer back (diagnosis, treatment options, and prescriptions), all within an hour. Park Nicollet will get a cut of the revenue.

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From NoPollyanna: “Re: mobile healthcare apps. I was searching for information on healthcare systems using mobile marketing — find a doc, directions to office, ED info and wait times. Didn’t come up with much outside of appointment reminders by phone. Is this still just a ‘nice to have’ or is there more happening here?” NoPollyanna is looking for apps that help healthcare systems extend their brands. Suggestions? As for advertised ED wait times, do they have an effect on patients choosing an ED vs. their primary care provider?

From George Stephanopoulos: “Re: EHR implementation blogs. Another to add to your list of ‘EMR journey’ blogs. From the URL, it appears CCMH is implementing the hosted Cerner application suite.” The blog’s author is the CFO at Carroll County Memorial Hospital (MO) and says the hospital is going live in about six months. I had to register on what appears to be on a Cerner-hosted site to request access. I’ve got to hand it to Cerner for figuring out a clever way to get some new leads.

I have been pondering Mr. H’s “so what?" comment in regard to Paul Levy’s "lapses of judgment in a personal relationship.” So, perhaps it does not affect his ability to lead the health system. Then again, what other lapses in judgment might he have had? What future lapses, either his or others, might be brushed under the rug?  Rightly or wrongly, we want our leaders to be role models, at least professionally. An inappropriate work relationship bleeds into the professional world and creates potential for an imbalance (or abuse) of power. I’m not suggesting anyone be fired, but some official reprimand by the board might be appropriate.


Sinai Medical Group (IL) is implementing NextGen’s EHR and PM products and expects to go live in August. Sinai’s faculty group practice includes almost 200 physicians.

HP announces plans to purchase Palm for approximately $1. 2 billion cash. I read the opinions of a couple of pundits who suggest HP was interested in getting its hands on the Palm webOS to run future tablet products.

Billing service provider Healthcare Billing Consultants (PA) selects Sage’s Intergy practice management and analytic tools for their 80 providers.

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Medical & Surgical Clinic (TX) commits to Allscripts’ EHR for its 31 physicians.

CareFusion and Cerner announce they will integrate the CareFusion Pyxis systems and Cerner’s CareAware solution. Cerner will also resell the CareFusion Pyxis dispensing technologies to its existing EHR clients,which seems odd since Cerner was offering a competitive product at one time.

Health reform legislation will increase the IT needs for a number of government agencies, including HHS, the IRS, and state and local governments. Job security if you are in IT, I suppose.

GE Healthcare teams up with Ascom Wireless Solutions to launch a wireless, hospital-wide message system that allows clinicians to receive clinical text-messages and alerts throughout their facilities.

Earlier this week I mentioned that we’d like to find a hospital and/or physician office willing to share their EMR selection and implementation journey. I should have explained that a bit better. As opposed to connecting with a entity that has already implemented an EMR, we’d like to find someone just starting the process who would be willing to provide periodic updates. If you have a candidate, let me know.

Ten of the 13 most-considered enterprise business intelligence solutions in healthcare come from industry-agnostic vendors, according to a new KLAS report. Healthcare provider executives ranked Dimensional Insight the top vendor, followed by Information Builders, and McKesson.

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St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (NJ) deploys Infinitt North America’s Enterprise PACS. Infinitt migrated over 30 terabytes of image and patient data in less than five months.

UNC Health Care (NC) engages MEDSEEK to establish a patient portal that will combine EMR and administrative data from UNC’s Siemens system and its other HIS products.

A NYC grand jury indicts two former executives from New York-Presbyterian Hospital and two contractors for participating in a mail and wire fraud scheme. The hospital officials allegedly received payments and gifts in exchange for awarding contracts to certain companies. The questionable contracts totaled more than $42 million.

A former researcher at the UCLA School of Medicine is sentenced to four months in federal prison for snooping in medical records. The research assistant, a licensed cardiothoracic surgeon in China and a US immigrant, claims he did not know it was illegal to look at the confidential medical files of his co-workers or celebrity patients. He’s now sort of a celebrity, too, since he’s the first person to be sentenced to prison for violating HIPAA’s privacy provision.

Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP) selects Axolotl to provide the core infrastructure for its statewide HIE.

Thanks to the Brits, we now have a better idea of the risk factors that predict future professional misconduct by physicians. Doctors who are male, from lower socioeconomic groups, or had academic difficulties in medical school are more likely to be misbehaving doctors.  I think someone needs to do a follow-up study to determine the risk factors that predict misbehaving boyfriends or husbands.


And, thank you Weird News Andy, for referring me to the www.ifshoescouldkill.com website. OMG.


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  1. If you clicked the Like button on the HIStalk Facebook widget to your right, thanks! Inga and I don’t get to know who’s reading all that often, so that’s pretty cool.

    Soooo, does this mean I’m “outting” myself? if I give you the thumbs up??? 🙂

  2. Nashville Medical Trade Center:
    Remember the InfoMart, Dallas Tx, circa 1988-1992.
    It was a bust…so will this. They think if they set up permanent vendor exhibits people will beat a path to their door.
    Hey I thought HIMMS virtual trade show was going to elimiinate all that travel?

    Anyway, it is a waste of HIMSS $$$, as history has shown.

    I am convinced that if I live long enough I will see every HIT ‘new thing’ happen at least six times.

  3. Re: “so what?” comment in regard to Paul Levy’s “lapses of judgment in a personal relationship.”

    I initially agreed with Mr. H, because I don’t expect CEOs to be role models (similarly to how I feel about pro athletes, for that matter).

    However, I’m in Inga’s corner now. I think CEOs that compromise their integrity like that 1) show extremely bad judgment and lack of control, not qualities I would want in my leader, and 2) are surely more likely to abuse their power (to cover it up).

  4. Congrats to disapponted in Paul for seeing the light of day. Mr. Histalk should awaken.

    Interesting story: A flash drive containing information on 25,000 patients turns up missing from Our Lady of Peace, a Kentucky psychiatric hospital. Like everyone else who gets burned, they vow to start encrypting.

    This is not acceptable. A hospital chain’s CEO’s family member may have been on that drive. Do you think that will ever reach the news? Would you want your information on there, Mr. H? Or even to have it disclosed that your mania (how do you do all of this great work?) was treated there? Ha Ha!

  5. They are coming to their senses with more than Ray Nauds of the feet: “…government bureaucrats are getting cold feet about using Cerner’s government bureaucrats are getting cold feet about using Cerner’s …”

    They are right. No benefits, adverse events, not fit for purpose, and increased costs are the rule with these modern systems.

  6. Did the patients sign consent, or was this one of those sbd experiments that hospital perform as part of standard care?
    A Maryland startup will commercialize the Blink lab monitoring software for critical care developed at University of Maryland, Baltimore.

  7. Levy must resign. The hospital settled a severance with the babe and wants to charge Levy for it. Were other employees figuratively and literally screwed because of this hanky panky. Unless the hospital gets rid of him, it will have lawsuit after lawsuit from employees who were deprived of promotions and more.

  8. Re: L.A. clinic / Stan Brock: L.A. is having another of the massive Remote Area Medical clinics this week, with thousands being treated and many more needing treatment. Between the financial troubles of charities, local, county and state government, and expensive insurance, many thousands of people in the L.A. area have virtually no access to health care including dental care. Aside from being a human tragedy, this situation is expensive to every private and corporate taxpayer in CA. Lost time, lost productivity, public assistance for people unable to work, ER visits instead of timely and cheaper preventative care — the list goes on and on. When we figure out a way to provide a reasonably priced utlity form of health care, we’ll all be better off, including those of us who do have good health insurance through our jobs and wouldn’t use the utility directly.

    There’s also a PHR angle here — follow up care at free clinics and other venues is made more difficult and expensive because the people treated at the free clinic lose track of their records by the time they can secure follow up care.

    See: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-free-medical-clinic,0,7267979.story

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