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Glen de Vries, who rode a Blue Origin rocket into space with William Shatner and others last month, died in a plane crash Thursday along with a flight instructor. He was 49.

De Vries, who was also known as Captain Clinical, was co-founder of life sciences research platform vendor Medidata Solutions, which was acquired by Dassault Systèmes in October 2019 for $6 billion.

De Vries later wrote a book titled “The Patient Equation: The Precision Medicine Revolution in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond.”


Reader Comments

From Bon Ivermectin: “Re: VPN Solutions in Richmond. I’ve heard from three practices that the hosting company was hit by ransomware on October 31 and their Allscripts clients have been unable to access charts since. Rumor is that the hackers demanded a $5.4 million ransom that was due Friday that won’t be paid.” I’ve emailed VPN Solutions and Allscripts but haven’t heard back so far. One of the practices mentioned — Piedmont Pediatrics in Charlottesville, VA — posted a notice on November 1 that its computers were down, but hasn’t updated since.


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Video calls with cameras on are used more than any other one-to-one work meetings, poll respondents say. Some employers or teams mandate the use of video, commenters mentioned.

New poll to your right or here: What would worry you most about being remotely monitored at home while recovering instead of being hospitalized? I didn’t specify a condition, but use your own experience and assume that use cases will be actively developed by organizations that offer these services.

A word that I just realized is odd as I created the new poll: “hospitalized,” given the uncommon usage of “hotelized” since etymologists say that “hospital” and “hotel” share the same Latin root that refers to guests or visitors. It’s also odd in that a hospital can be about as inhospitable as it gets.

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A correction to last week’s post – Surescripts CEO Tom Skelton will retire on December 31, 2022 (not at the end of this year), leading the company through next year, participating with the company’s board to choose his successor, and working with the new CEO through the transition period.

OptimizeRx reports Q3 results: revenue up 53%, adjusted EPS $0.09 versus $0.07.


Sales

  • Essen Health Care (NY) chooses Verustat for remote patient monitoring, offering its underserved community patients take-home kits for tracking blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and oxygen levels.
  • Woman’s Hospital (LA) chooses Spok Go for environmental services communication and real-time critical lab result notification.
  • Home health services vendor Sholom Home Care (MN) chooses VitalTech’s VitalCare for telehealth and patient-care manager interaction. 

People

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David Harse (Cerner) joins HealthMark Group as SVP/GM of patient engagement.

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Culbert Healthcare Solutions promotes Julie McGuire, RN, MSN to VP of Epic IT consulting services.


Announcements and Implementations

NYU Langone’s Predictive Analytics Unit in the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science will host the Symposium for Machine Learning Implementation and Evaluation (SMILE) to discuss the latest advances in mobilizing machine learning to practice and evaluating and bringing machine learning to patients. The free, non-sponsored virtual event will be Thursday, November 18 from 12:30 to 5:00 ET.

A group of AMIA members asks folks who are developing FHIR-based software to complete their short survey by November 30. The results will be used to create a worldwide catalog of FHIR applications.


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A ProPublica report looks at the money machine that is St. Jude Children’s Research Center, which despite being ranked behind nine other children’s cancer hospitals, raises more many than all of them combined. Its reserves are $5 billion as it has spent only half of its $7 billion in contributions over the past five years on research and care. The hospital doesn’t bill the families of children for their care, but 90% have insurance that it bills. St. Jude has 5,700 employees and just 73 beds, while its fundraising organization has 2,200 employees working from Memphis and 36 regional offices, with 400 of the fundraising employees making more than $100,000. The former pediatrics chair at Albany Medical Center (NY) says St. Jude raises money from its nearby office, but almost all children with cancer are treated locally instead of in Memphis, to which he concludes, “They think of every way they can to make money and the least amount of ways to spend it. They deceive people into supporting something that is totally dishonest.”


Sponsor Updates

  • Sectra publishes a new e-book, “Radiology post-pandemic game plan.”
  • Talkdesk wins the 2021 Public Relations and Marketing Excellence Award from the Business Intelligence Group.
  • Visage Imaging contributes to a new report, “First PACS-integrated artificial intelligence-based software tool for rapid and fully automatic analysis of body composition from CT in clinical routine.”
  • Waystar will sponsor Bounce Back Kit family care packages for the Bounce Children’s Foundation.

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