From HyWay: “Re: Costco. They sent an e-mail to customers who purchased Allscripts MyWay through Costco’s program saying they are working with Allscripts to ‘offer solutions for members who do not feel the move to Pro is right for them.’ In the mean time, Costco has initiated arbitration proceedings against Allscripts to make sure its users get the service they expected when they bought MyWay.” Unverified, but the forwarded e-mail appears to be authentic. Its tone was amicable.
From The PACS Designer: “re: iWatch. While we wait for the anticipated Apple iTV later this year, there’s something else to look forward to and that’s an Apple iWatch. TPD posted about the Pebble watch, and speculation is that the so called iWatch will be much more innovative and unique in its style and features. Apple has a patent requesting pending on a Amoled flexible wristband device to consider as the possible final product launch, or it could still be a traditional watch similar to the Pebble.”
I’m actually writing this Friday night since I’ll be traveling to New Orleans on Saturday, so don’t be confused when I also post on Saturday and/or Sunday and the days look goofy. Inga, Dr. Jayne, and I will be writing profusely from the HIMSS conference, and to avoid giving you inbox fatigue, I’ll collect the individual links into a single e-mail blast each day.
Lt. Dan had e-mailed me off the record about problems he’s having personally because of the lack of VA-DoD system integration. I suggested he write it up since he’s both a veteran and an HIT person, not to mention the author of HIStalk’s daily headlines and most of the posts on HIStalk Connect. I think his piece, Making the Transition: What the iEHR Failure Means for Veterans, paints a clearer picture of the problem than you’ll get from the agencies themselves.
Welcome to new HIStalk Platinum Sponsor Caristix, which offers HL7 software for interface lifecycle management. The company offers Cloak (HL7 de-identification), Pinpoint (interface troubleshooter), Conformance (interface specs development), and Test (complex interface validation and simulation). They will also help get you connected to the Mirth open source integration engine. You can download trials of everything from their site, and also the entirely free HL7 profile reader and an HL7 listener and router for recording and playing HL7 messages to validate connectivity. They have tools for providers and vendors alike. Interface folks will enjoy their HL7 Survival Guide, a no-nonsense guide to interface projects and technology. I featured the company in my Innovator Showcase just over a year ago, which included an interview with one of its customers and another with President Stéphane Vigot. Thanks to Caristix for supporting HIStalk.
Welcome to new HIStalk Gold Sponsor eHealth Technologies. The company’s eHealth Imaging Solutions provide single-click access to diagnostic quality X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, ECG, etc. from an existing EHR or HIE solution. Clinicians gain the ability to view and collaborate using eHealthViewer ZF, a zero-footprint unified imaging platform that allows secure viewing of any image over the web. eHealth Imaging Solutions supports trauma and emergency access to images, allows transferring DICOM images between PACS locations so that radiologists can view outside exams, and provides cloud-based archival and disaster recovery solutions. Hospitals, IDNs, and HIEs can strength their referral networks, reduce the cost of physical media, meet MU Stage 2 image sharing requirements, reduce patient risk from unavailable images and radiation exposure from duplicate exams, and lower IT costs with the zero-footprint viewing platform that runs on all browsers and platforms (including iOS and Android). Thanks to eHealth Technologies for supporting my work.
Here’s a video I found featuring customers describing the benefits of eHealth Technologies for accessing images.
The Department of Defense chooses Health Language from Wolters Kluwer Health to provide terminology solutions to support enhanced documentation, population analytics, and business intelligence reporting across the Armed Forces Clinical Database.
TeleTracking will announce its Real-Time Capacity Management platform at HIMSS, with clients on hand in Booth #6619 to describe their experience with the company’s systems.
NextGen Healthcare will unveil NextGen Population Health at the HIMSS conference, which will help providers meet patient-centered medical home and ACO goals.
Vitera Healthcare Solutions releases Intergy v8.10, which includes enhancements for ICD-10, Meaningful Use, patient engagement, disease management, and performance-based reimbursement.
Covenant Health (TN) and Capital Region Health Care (NH) choose McKesson Paragon.
Hackensack Alliance ACO chooses Health Catalyst for care coordination, to be announced Monday.
Patients whose hospitals or physician practices are customers of lifeIMAGE will be able to review their medical imaging results online using a free new service offered by the company, which also announces its support for Blue Button.
HIMSS Analytics will showcase the products and services of the recently acquired CapSite at the conference in Booth #4929, including the CapSite Database (pricing and contracts) and an expanded Consulting and Research & Advisory Services offering.
Medical documentation vendor Command Health will use Clinithink’s CLiX natural language processing technology to turn physician narrative into indexed and tagged free text. Clinithink also announces that Health Evolutions Partners operating partner and former Microsoft Health Solutions Group VP Peter Neupert has joined its board.
Baystate Health (MA) chooses Awarepoint’s RTLS solution for asset management and capacity management in its three hospitals.
Vonlay has posted a page that displays photo-containing tweets that use the #HIMSS13 hashtag, which they also did during Epic’s UGM. It has several photos already but will surely blow up with tons of them come Monday (you’ll see a gazillion pictures of a microscopic Bill Clinton later in the week).
Quest Diagnostics, which includes Care360 and MedPlus, will host several speakers in its HIMSS theater, including HIStalk Connect’s Travis Good, MD.
We reported that Practice Fusion has discontinued its billing system partnership with Kareo based on the wording of an e-mail sent to Practice Fusion users that referred to the relationship in the past tense while announcing enhancements to Practice Fusion’s own billing system. According to Kareo, the business relationship continues and users of the products will continue to benefit from the integration.
I said from the beginning that Groupon’s business model was unsound for several reasons (low barrier to entry, discounting rarely earns businesses loyal customers) but I’ll give its now-fired 32-year-old CEO Andrew Mason kudos for writing the best executive resignation letter in history. Snips from it:
People of Groupon, after four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today. If you’re wondering why… you haven’t been paying attention … As CEO, I am accountable. You are doing amazing things at Groupon, and you deserve the outside world to give you a second chance. I’m getting in the way of that. A fresh CEO earns you that chance … For those who are concerned about me, please don’t be – I love Groupon, and I’m terribly proud of what we’ve created. I’m OK with having failed at this part of the journey … If there’s one piece of wisdom that this simple pilgrim would like to impart upon you: have the courage to start with the customer. My biggest regrets are the moments that I let a lack of data override my intuition on what’s best for our customers. This leadership change gives you some breathing room to break bad habits and deliver sustainable customer happiness – don’t waste the opportunity! I will miss you terribly. Love, Andrew.
Secure Threads introduces bring-your-own hospital gowns intended to prevent medical errors by having the patient’s name, blood type, allergies, age, medical conditions, and emergency contacts embroidered into the fabric.
Safe travels and an enjoyable and productive week for all those traveling to New Orleans. For those who aren’t attending, feel free to goof off all week while your boss is away.