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7-26-2011 9-26-43 PM

McKesson completes its $38 million acquisition of provider management tools vendor Portico Systems, announced last month.

Reader Comments

image From The PACS Designer: “Re: LogMeIn Central.  LogMeIn has announced a new cloud based service called LogMeIn Central for IT administrators to monitor network uses by iPad and iPhone users.  As the expansion of iPad usage increases in institutions, it appears to be a solution that could ease the management and demand for information access by users.”

From Epic Guy: “Re: Johns Hopkins. Announced today at Epic that they are our latest enterprise customer. Probably not a big surprise to most readers of this blog.”

HIStalk Announcements and Requests

image Listening: reader-recommended Joe Bonamassa, an amazing blues/rock guitar virtuoso. Here’s live video of his cover of Yes’s Heart of the Sunrise and Starship Trooper. Pretty old school for a guy who’s only 34.

7-26-2011 9-39-17 PM

image The folks at CapSite hooked me up with access to their database of actual RFPs, proposals, and hospital contracts after I wrote a little about it a few weeks back. I pulled up a few vendor products and was instantly looking at individual facility price breakout worksheets and actual PDF contract scans (I love terms and conditions, so I was engrossed, although I felt kind of dirty reading some other hospital’s contract even though the facility name was redacted). They’re offering a free 30-day trial of CapSite Lite to providers. I’m not pitching it, just saying that if you would benefit from seeing the kind of deals other hospitals are getting or interested in market reports, you could give it a look for free.

7-26-2011 8-27-54 PM

image Prognosis Health Information Systems is supporting HIStalk as a Platinum Sponsor, which I appreciate. The Houston-based company offers the Web-native, standards-based, HIE-ready ChartAccess EHR for rural and community hospitals, one of the first to be certified by CCHIT way back in 2007 and again among the first with ONC-ATCB Stage 1. Its affordable, modular solutions include CPOE, clinical decision support, eMAR, pharmacy, clinical documentation, ED, lab, radiology, ADT, document management, patient scheduling, patient accounting, and even an ambulatory EHR, all running on client-free SQL Server with a choice of local or remote hosting. Its value prop involves minimal hardware cost, centralized maintenance and upgrades, automated backups, and shortened time to go-live (Ness County Hospital in Kansas was live four months after choosing ChartAccess.) They’ll even finance its purchase. Thanks to Prognosis for supporting the work we do.

Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

GE Healthcare has begun the previously announced relocation of the global headquarters of its diagnostic imaging business from Waukesha, WI to Beijing, China.


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center chooses iSirona for medical device integration with Epic outpatient and Allscripts Sunrise inpatient.


7-26-2011 7-03-44 PM

Martin Tursky, one-time CIO at Aultman Hospital (OH), is named president and CEO of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.

Announcements and Implementations

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (NH) goes live on Soarian’s CPOE this month and on Soarian Financials in October.

7-25-2011 11-05-53 AM

Southern Coos Hospital (OR) goes live this week on McKesson’s Paragon EHR.

CodeRyte announces an NLP-based Health System Coding that extracts information from supporting documentation to support accurate HIM coding.

image Concerro releases a new video pitching its Internet-based ShiftSelect employee scheduling and shift management system. The male actor is a Bill Shatner-type scenery-chewing bad actor (maybe intentionally so — check out his hammy foot-stomping emphasis at 1:00), but his female counterpart is good.

7-26-2011 8-14-08 PM

image Italy-based pharmacy technology vendor Health Robotics takes on a Spanish partner to help with US marketing after a legal squabble with former distribution partner McKesson. In a no-holds-barred announcement in March (written by too-perfectly named marketing coordinator Claudia Flaim), Health Robotics accused McKesson of having a “David/Goliath syndrome” in taking a “bullying strategy” after being “unwilling to cope with competition” and then making up “a non-existent excuse for its own failures.” I don’t know who’s right or wrong, but give the scrappy upstart points for coming out swinging, although heavy legal expenses so early in a product’s rollout can’t be good for business, especially when you’re a new Italian company trying to get a US foothold.

Government and Politics

image The VA will allow iPhones and iPads on its hospital networks starting in October, with initial access provided to e-mail and VistA. It’s even considering allowing employees to choose one of those devices instead of a laptop. CIO Roger Baker says his IT department will soon roll out approved access to cloud computing applications, which got some VA users in trouble last year who were found to be keeping patient information in Google Docs.


7-25-2011 9-16-39 AM

Four hundred Kaiser Permanente IT employees collectively lose 1,500 pounds in its CIO Challenge, including computer specialist Frederick Curiel.

image Thumbs up to Apple. Over the weekend, my iPhone slipped out of pocket and hit the pavement, cracking the screen. I scheduled an appointment at my local Apple store with one of the Geniuses, even though I didn’t have much hope they could do anything beyond selling me a new iPhone 4.  After I flashed the designated Genius my best Inga smile and showed him the sad state of my phone, he explained that cracked screens were not covered by warranty. However, he said he would go ahead and switch out my old phone for a new one at no charge. Perfect customer service and the right thing to do, especially given Apple’s  release of the Phone 5 in just a few weeks.

image Uh oh. Apparently Google is deleting the Google+ accounts of users not using their real names. Lame. If Inga HIStalk stops following you, go ahead and blame Google.

image Nurses at a New Zealand hospital complain that “dumb” staff scheduling software from HealthRoster is to blame for nurse fatigue, saying it creates schedules with long runs of consecutive work days and rotating shifts that allow as little as seven hours between them.

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7-26-2011 9-04-54 PM

image The Chicago Tribune profiles some health-related Web startups that include HealthTap (personalized health information from a panel of experts), Simplee (healthcare expense tracking), ZocDoc (book provider appointments online), and Practice Fusion (free EMR). That’s a lot of Rounded Arial fonts and blue color schemes.

image Weird News Andy can’t decide whether it’s the instrument or the “doctor” that’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Police find a 63-year-old man lying naked outside his house with a knife handle sticking out of his stomach, which he then removes and replaces with a lit cigarette. He had noticed a protruding hernia and decided to remove it with a butter knife. A surgeon contributed advice that is most likely unneeded by anyone other than this individual: “It is absolutely impossible for someone to fix their own hernia.”

Sponsor Updates

  • Ampla Health chooses MED3OOO’s InteGreat EHR for its eleven FQHC and community health centers.
  • CAP/SNOMED Terminology Solutions is selecting beta sites to participate in full Lab Interoperability Cooperative pilot.
  • Gateway EDI is offering resources for HIPAA 5010 conversion preparation.
  • NextGen offers an August 3 webinar on clinical data sharing, with the CMIO of Colorado Associated CHIE and the CMO of Avista Adventist Hospital presenting.
  • Wellsoft welcomes new clients AnMed Health (SC), Capital Health (NJ), Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center (MS), Pikeville Medical Center (KY), and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Methodist Hospital (PA).
  • RJ Infusion Services (KS) selects Perceptive Software’s ImageNow to give instant access to patient records from anywhere.
  • Baptist Memorial Health Care (TN) selects RelayHealth for a 14-hospital HIE.
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital (IL) selects Merge Healthcare’s iConnect to give radiologists and treating providers immediate on-site and remote access to images.
  • New York eHealth Collaborative selects e-MDs as a Meaningful Use Partner.
  • East Orange General Hospital (NJ) goes live with GE Centricity Enterprise.
  • Practice Fusion names the Top Five Worst Electronic Medical Record Myths.
  • Tampa General Hospital (FL) selects CareTech Solutions’ Service Desk to augment its existing help desk, focusing on physician support.
  • University of North Carolina Hospitals, University of Washington Medical Center, University of Kansas Hospital, and University of Kentucky Hospital go live with Physician Insight Plus from Carefx, which provides dashboards that tracking, analyzing, and comparing performance on clinical and operational outcomes, safety, and utilization.


Mr. H, Inga, Dr. Jayne, Dr. Gregg.

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Currently there are "5 comments" on this Article:

  1. Minor correction on iSirona. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center uses Allscripts Sunrise for both inpatient and outpatient. We use Epic in the perioperative area.

  2. GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt “serves” as President Obama’s Jobs Czar. GE moves it’s diagnostic imaging business from Waukesha, WI to Beijing, China. Mocking derision in media? Weird.

  3. RE: Health Robotics

    Although the idea of a David and Goliath battle may seem interesting to you, be advised that you may want to use an abundance of caution in touting anything about Health Robotics. The press release that you call out, and every other annoucement that comes from that company is penned by Gaspar Diveidma, an ex Eclipsys, ex SMS, ex Cardinal Health mid level sales manager who nows seems to have found a home in Italy. Although Health Robotics has a great vision of utilizing robotic technology to mix chemotherapy drugs versus using humans, it is unlikely to be successful because of the management of the company.

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