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From The PACS Designer: “Re: an iPad challenger arrives. While the iPad gets all the press briefings, there’s a similar device called the Notion Ink Adam, brought to TPD’s attention courtesy of a posting by Michelle W. on HIStalk. It looks pretty cool, operates using the Tegra-Android platform, and best of all, it only weighs 1.35 pounds.” The company says they won’t release it until Flash works, which is probably a big mistake since the iPad doesn’t support Flash either and they’re letting Apple saturate the market in the meantime. It’s supposedly coming out in June for around $300, which would be an attractive price point if it works as advertised.

From Ex-Cerner Guy: “Re: Millennium and FDA’s MAUDE database. Not a huge surprise. Orders in Clinicals and FirstNet were designed and written by non-clinicians, with implementation done by non-clinicians. Try to find a Cerner Physician Executive in the field with more than two years under his or her belt. The referenced problem was evident at the Children’s Boston roll-out of FirstNet. From a sales standpoint, we used WYSIWYG-YBLI: what you see is what you get, you better like it.” Unverified.

From NorwichSammy: “Re: William Backus Hospital. Their attempt at digital cardiac access using GE’s Muse has been a big flop. It seems that paper trails are more effective for the clinicians.” Unverified.


From NoSleep: “Re: Hackensack University Medical Center (NJ). They successfully went live with Epic on May 1. It was a big bang cutover of all inpatient units, ED, radiology and several outpatient departments including nursing documentation, mandated CPOE, and medical device integration. Epic Ambulatory EMR and Practice Management will go live starting July 1, including both hospital and private practices in the rollout schedule. Rather than hire additional FTEs or engage consultants to implement Epic, HUMC recruited clinical and operational staff from within the organization, consolidated them within IT, and sent them to be trained and certified by Epic. As a result, the project was implemented on schedule and under budget. HUMC will retain its own in-house staff with expertise to support Epic.”


From the desk of Weird News Andy: a guy in Austria missing both arms passes his driving test by using a mind-controlled robotic arm. In England, a transsexual challenges NHS’s decision not to pay for her breast enlargement operation, claiming her female social life isn’t that great and that local street kids are calling her names because she doesn’t look like a woman. WNA editorializes a bit: “So, how many cancer patients won’t get the drugs they need to live so she can feel good about her appearance? How about, oh, I don’t know, paying for it yourself?” Lastly, WNA notices that NHS is using fear to convince patients to opt in to its Summary Care Record, warning them that its propensity to lose paperwork may expose them to NHS errors if they don’t sign up. 


SAP will buy Sybase for $5.8 billion. I hadn’t thought about Sybase for years since its healthcare dabblings have been infrequent and uninspired, but maybe I missed something.

Inga and I are a little behind, as evidenced by folks who are re-sending us e-mails when we don’t respond immediately (connected world expectations are sometimes unreasonable, I’ve noticed). We will catch up, I promise, but it may take a couple of days. Darned day jobs.

Abu Dhabi Health Services Company extends its Cerner deal to cover all applications for all of its areas, including its Lighthouse quality improvement solution.


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McKesson signs a big deal to implement PACS in Ireland.

How to tell you’re a hospital fanboy: when on vacation, you can’t resist following the blue signs to check out hospitals you’ve not seen. I knew a hospital executive who carried an AHA guide in his car and would choose routes that would let him check out all the hospitals along the way. He’s probably still doing it, only now with a GPS.


McKesson shares hit a 52-week high after analyst upgrades, although still below their 1998 (pre-HBOC scandal) prices. Thursday’s closing price was $68.99.

Jobs: Oacis – Clinical data Business Analyst, McKesson HED Consultant, Advanced Programmer Analyst – Interface, Meditech LSS Consultants.

Amcom’s messaging platform now supports Android smartphones.

Genesis HealthCare System (OH) will spend $40 million on an unnamed EMR (it’s Epic, of course, which should be obvious given the price and the fact that nearly every major sale is theirs these days).

Long term care operator Advocat names its IT consultant David Houghton as permanent CIO.


I see that Ed Marx’s first column here generated many comments about HIT vendor relationships. I thought both those who agreed and those who didn’t made their points quite well. Inga is sending out Ed’s PowerPoint as promised to all who commented and provided an e-mail address.

Integrated Document Solutions says it has implemented a cloud-based, RIS-less teleradiology system driven entirely by speech recognition and templates, all within 30 days.

A now-fired hospital employee of Perry Hospital (TX) is being investigated by police after allegedly using a doctor’s password to sign off on mammograms. The hospital has contacted 900 patients to have theirs redone.

A Forbes editorial by PatientKeeper CEO Paul Brient notes that all three technologies covered by Meaningful Use have been around for two decades, failed to hit double-digit adoption, and were avoided because they couldn’t pay their own way.

Odd: several dozen New Mexico residents are surprised to find themselves named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the local hospital. Most of them signed what they thought was a petition because a local guy asked them to.

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Henry Schein promotes Keith Slater to VP and GM of Henry Schein Medical Systems.

Northeast Georgia Health System says QuadraMed’s AcuityPlus nurse staffing management system generated $901,000 in first-year benefits. A 60% improvement in nursing productivity goals saved $659,000 in overtime and contract work and another $241,000 in incentive pay.

Diagnostic imaging provider InSight Services Holdings selects MobileMD’s HIE solution to provide electronic orders and results exchange for physicians.

A CIO involved in an HIS search shared with me his observation that the vendors that spent more time in due diligence gave better demos that met the hospital’s needs. A good reminder that cutting corners in the sales process can cut you right out of a deal.

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St. Vincent Health (IN) deploys ZynxOrder to standardize evidence-based order sets. The 19-facility health system built over 350 order sets.

Grinnell Regional Medical Center (IA), Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center (AK), and Union Hospital (IN) are implementing eICU tele-health services from Philips Visicu.

Faith Regional Health Services (NE) anticipates a June 20th go-live on Siemens Soarian.

Medical transcription provider MedQuist releases its Q1 financials, which included a 6.3% decline in revenues to $74 million. Net income, however, grew from last year’s $6.8 million to $7.3 million. The company blames the revenue decline on poor February weather, which it says negatively impacted its transcription volume.

South Nassau Community Hospital (NY) selects the Capacity Management Suite from TeleTracking Technologies to manage its patient flow.

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University Physicians Hospital (AZ) will use EmergisoftED for ED patient tracking and nursing and physician documentation.

Richmond Memorial Hospital (NC) is live on Wellsoft’s EDIS.

Here’s an interesting project to watch. SunCoast Health Partners is a joint venture between the SunCoast RHIO (FL) and for-profit partners. Using MedLink’s RHIO Financial Stability Model, SunCoast plans to offer products and services to over 500 practices in the RHIO, betting that providers will need clinical data to support their EHR investment. They expect to generate sales of over $4 million year in the first year and more than $7 million in the next four years.

And from a few of our much-appreciated sponsors, here are some quick updates:

  • IntrinsiQ and eClinicalWork partner to integrate IntelliDose with eCW’s EMR/PM solution. eCW will offer the IntelliDose chemotherapy management solution to its oncology practice customers.
  • ICA aggregates data from all core clinical systems within the HIE of Montana, which includes seven hospitals and more than a dozen clinics.
  • Community & Dental Care, an FQHC in Monsey, NY, selects Allscripts Health Center Solution for its 30 multispecialty physicians.
  • maxIT Healthcare announces plans to become an Eclipsys Certified Consulting Partner with Eclipsys, providing installation services for Sunrise Enterprise release 5.5.
  • EDIMS and Medit Corporation form a strategic relationship to combine the EDIMS ED system with Medit’s MiRapidAccess registration tools.
  • IntraNexus appoints Tom S. Visotsky VP of sales and marketing.
  • Medicity announces that its iNexx platform will be generally available August, 2010. It will be free for physicians, allowing them to automate referrals to providers on the platform.
  • EHRScope releases the beta version of EHRScope Reviews. End users and consultants can add information to their (free) database, so offer your opinions here.  


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Currently there are "9 comments" on this Article:

  1. About the …sack: “It was a big bang cutover of all inpatient units, ED, radiology and several outpatient departments including nursing documentation, mandated CPOE, and medical device integration. ”
    Self promo by admin. Wait til you hear what is said by the docs who are required to click on it. And speaking of clicking, let’s hear about the …sack’s experience with the Siemens
    Soarian a few years hence.

  2. While I agree that the Hackensack piece sounds like someone giving themselves a trumpeting fanfare, let’s not pretend that anyone likes an EMR after a week. Humans don’t like change & physicians live to be in control – not a good mix for implementing a fundamental change. The only good test is what they say six months after.

  3. From the Ex, above: “The referenced problem was evident at the Children’s Boston roll-out of FirstNet. From a sales standpoint, we used WYSIWYG-YBLI: what you see is what you get, you better like it.” The timeline confirms that the defect existed for years and was not corrected. Ignoring complaints and not fixing defects are typical vendor strategies. This might work with oil drilling and the stock exchange, but should not be tolerated in medical care. Blumenthal gets a failing grade in integrity by ignoring this.

  4. Wow, I’ve been cited at the top of HISTAlk! I’d like to thank my mother, the Academy, and…. 😉 I am excited about the Adam; if it comes through with all its promises, it will be a really sweet piece of tech. The battery life and screen technology especially look awesome.

  5. re: …sack. while it remains to be seen whether their EMR success will be long term, I have heard that their CPOE compliance has gone from 20% to over 70% with Epic

  6. Suzy, again – nurses have been proven to kill patients. Ergo – are all nurses bad?

    If the world worked on your logic we’d just all might as well go ahead and give it up.

    Let’s move on…

  7. “Rather than hire additional FTEs or engage consultants to implement Epic, HUMC recruited clinical and operational staff from within the organization, consolidated them within IT, and sent them to be trained and certified by Epic.”

    Then with EPIC live the IT department is wildly overstaffed, no?

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