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Quest Launches Care360 EHR

Posted on March 18, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I meant to post this a long time ago and never got around to it. Although, I think it was one of the really interesting announcements at HIMSS. Here’s a portion of the press release from Quest about their EHR offering:

“Quest Diagnostics is making broadly available a Web-based EHR that helps physicians embrace digital healthcare one step at a time, connect easily with their peers on patient care, and achieve meaningful use that allows them to qualify for government incentives,” said Richard A. Mahoney, Quest Diagnostics’ vice president of Healthcare Information Solutions and president of its MedPlus healthcare information technology subsidiary. “We value the longstanding trust physicians have in our company, and we are proud to answer physicians’ needs with a modular technology that will truly help drive meaningful improvements in quality of care.” MedPlus develops the technologies that power the Care360 suite of physician offerings.

Each week I’m introduced to another interesting type of organization that’s trying to use their connections and relationships with doctors to sale an EHR. Who’s connections are going to win?

Of course, one question that will be interesting for Quest is how they’ll handle interfaces between their Care360 EHR and other vendors. I assume you’ll have to have a Quest lab interface as part of the deal. Does that mean all other labs are shut out? I can imagine that many doctors will be reticent to go with a Quest EHR if it basically locks them into a relationship with only Quest. It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

Matthew Holt’s Impressions from HIMSS

Posted on March 14, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’m still working through some of the various wrap ups from HIMSS that I’ve found. Matthew Holt is always an interesting blogger. Turns out that he’s even more interesting in person. Here’s a few of his thoughts that I think are worth sharing:

Busiest booth?: I think Cisco wins. Maybe it was HealthPresence, maybe the magician—but it was always packed. What I think it means is that mainstream Internet tools are now coming into health care (with some little tweeks). But as MrHISTalk says, putting all the big guys in the A hall was a mite unfair on the C side—although I got to both a little.

Most intruiging announcement?: Epocrates will release a hand-held and web-base EMR app for the iPhone and other handhelds. Why is that interesting? Because they already have 275,000 docs actively using their tool on a handheld, most on iPhones. If their tool’s any good you have to assume they have a great marketing advantage. If this succeeds there’s no way they remain independent in 18 months.

Most interesting niche company you’ve never heard of whose CEO you randomly met at a party?: LiveProcess is a SaaS-based emergency preparedness tool. (I think CEO Nathaniel Weiss said) it has 500 hospitals paying $10K a year each with no customization.

Other interesting niche company?: CPM does CRM outbound marketing for hospitals and as nearly doubled in size during the downturn (video of them to come).

Most interesting philosophical chat?: Andy Weisenthal of Kaiser Permanente discussing how specialists are going to change entirely what they do now that everything in KP is online. One Hawaii endocrenologist is on a jihad to prevent diabetics ending up on dialysis—he’s completely reorganized how primary care docs treat their patients. It’s almost like his goal is to put himself out of a job. Andy said about Healthconnect’s finalization of the $6bn (?) implementation—”It’s not the end, it’s the start”.

It’s also worth linking to Matthew Holt’s interview with Epocrates about the Epocrates EHR. Although, I also just remembered I could embed it below:

Cell Phone as Smart Card Video from HIMSS

Posted on March 11, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I was glad that I had at least one chance to talk with a vendor about Smart Cards at HIMSS. Sure, smart cards have been around for a really long time, but I wanted to see what was happening with this relatively old (25 years or so) technology.

Well, I had a chance to do this video with Gemalto to talk about Smart Cards in healthcare and also the possibility of your cell phone becoming your smart card. Could be really interesting to see that evolve. Check it out:

This video coverage of HIMSS 10 sponsored by Practice Fusion and their Free EMR.

Meaningful Use Rap at HIMSS HISTalk Party by Mr HIT

Posted on March 9, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I rated the HISTalk party at HIMSS as the Wildest party in my Best and Worst of HIMSS post on EMR and HIPAA. No doubt the HISTalk party was an event to remember with a lot of really influential people there. However, probably the best part of the night for me was this Meaningful Use rap by Mr. HIT. I can’t imagine how much he practiced this since he did this 2.5 minute Meaningful Use rap flawlessly with no notes. That’s impressive. If you read this blog regularly, I think you’ll enjoy it too:

Ambulatory Docs Still Not Buying EMR Software

Posted on March 5, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HISTalk had this insightful point:

From Day Tripper: “Re: ambulatory EMR vendors. I asked several EMR vendors if they have seen a big increase in buyers, especially now that we at least have the interim final use definitions. The general consensus is that many physicians are still dragging their feet.” I’ve heard that comment as well. Either because of fear or because it sounds like a good excuse, many physicians are waiting until the MU guidelines are truly final and the certifying entities are identified. Perhaps a minority of physicians are savvy to understand that the RECs will offer some free implementation services so they are waiting for those to ramp up. And, likely others are waiting to see what opportunities their hospitals may offer to affiliated physicians. In other words, if you are looking for an excuse to not move forward, there are plenty to choose from.

I ask a number of EMR vendors the same question. A few had seen some increase, but for the most part they were all still waiting. I think Inga’s comment that there being plenty of excuses to not implement is true. This is unfortunate, since before the EMR stimulus most of the excuses had played themselves out and nearly disappeared. It seems that the EMR stimulus offered up a new set.

I will say that I’m not so sure how much “free” help the RECs will end up giving. I really wonder what most of them are going to do. One of my projects since HIMSS is to make contact with a number of the RECs.

Halamka’s Top 10 Healthcare IT Takeaways from HIMSS10

Posted on March 4, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Anyone that works in Healthcare IT knows who John Halamka is and so of course I was interested in his post of his top 10 impressions after HIMSS. It’s an interesting list and I think he does a pretty good job of looking at things from a very high level. Here they are as posted on his blog:

1. Meaningful Use is everywhere. Vendors are promising EHRs, modules, appliances, and services to help clinicians achieve it. I had dinner on Monday night in a small Indian vegetarian restaurant. Sitting next to me were 3 engineers from Bangalore who were arguing about the details of Meaningful Use in between bites of vegetable curry. I could not escape Meaningful Use anywhere!

2. Certification is everywhere. It’s particularly ironic that many vendors claimed their systems were certified, even though the certification NPRM was just released today, making compliance with the new certification process in time for HIMSS impossible.

3. Cloud computing, Software as a Service and ASP models are popular tactics to accelerate EHR rollouts. There are still lingering concerns about how to ensure privacy in a cloud environment.

4. Several firms such as Intersystems, Axolotol, and Medicity are offering HIE platforms that include many of the standards noted in the IFR. The marketplace for HIE products is just emerging and it’s hard to predict who will become the market leader.

5. The Continuity of Care Document is gaining traction. I found many vendors supporting CCD exports from their EHRs. A company called M*Modal , has developed natural language processing technology that captures dictated content in its original context (ontology-driven
rules) as a CDA document.

6. Consultants abound. It’s clear that Regional Extension Centers and Health Information Exchanges will require expertise and staffing from professional firms. They all had large booths at HIMSS.

7. 30,000 people attended, including 10,000 I did not recognize (just kidding). It’s clear to me that many IT professionals, even those with limited healthcare domain expertise, attended HIMSS to better understand how they could participate in the euphoria of HITECH stimulus dollars.

8. Self service kiosks for patient identification and self-registration are now mainstream. Just as we print our airline boarding passes, we can now use credit cards or biometrics to check into ambulatory care appointments and automatically settle all co-pay balances.

9. Image exchange in the cloud is being offered by several vendors. As I mentioned in Monday’s blog, Symantec announced an appliance for small clinician offices that cloud enables all imaging modalities using a facebook-like social networking invitation to share/view images.

10. PHRs and patient engagement are becoming more mainstream. Google and Microsoft continue to innovate in the non-tethered PHR marketplace.

Still No Sustainable Funding Model for HIE

Posted on February 28, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Today, I attended a forum at HIMSS 10 where I heard a representative from a small state talk about their plans for an HIE. They’ve already introduced some legislation that will allow people in their state to opt out of having their information stored in an HIE. She referred to it as a framework for HIE. Unfortunately, a framework doesn’t deal with issues like how you’d actually allow people to opt out of an HIE. Would you just discard the person’s data that’s sent from their doctor’s EMR? Not to mention, would the patient have the option to opt out at the doctors office or would they have to know they need to go to the government page to opt out?

These items aside, I was even more interested in trying to dive into the funding for an HIE in that state. I asked the representative whether the state would be able to fund a state HIE or if they would need federal money or some sort of private partnership.

Her answer was simple. Basically, her state (which might be different in other states) didn’t have the money to be able to fund an HIE. She thought that the most likely option would be some sort of private partnership which would make an HIE in her state a reality.

The HIMSS representative then talked about how the HITECH act has provided what amounts to seed money for states to be able to establish HIE. Unfortunately, this is just seed money and not a sustainable way to run an HIE. It’s like they’re just throwing some seed money out there and hoping that someone will figure out some creative way to have a sustainable revenue model for an HIE. Without this type of sustainable revenue model, then the HIE will start to disappear the way RHIO have basically disappeared.

More Advertisers on EMR and EHR Just in Time for HIMSS 10

Posted on February 26, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’m seriously ramping up for HIMSS right now. Today I sifted through 200+ emails from PR people about HIMSS. I filtered that down to about the 15 best companies that would be of interest to readers of this site. Add that to my existing connections and get ready for the fire hose of HIMSS coverage on this blog. Between this site and my other site, EMR and HIPAA, you’ll hopefully feel almost like you’re there with me. I will try to save some for the few weeks after HIMSS as well.

HIMSS aside, I’m also happy to welcome 2 new advertisers to EMR and EHR. Check them out and see what they have to offer:

Ambir – A company providing high quality scanners to healthcare. They’ll be at HIMSS in booth #9023. I’m planning to stop by and shoot some video of their products. If you have an EMR, you know how important your scanner is to your office. if you don’t yet have an EMR, you’ll quickly learn the benefits of a great scanner when you implement.

1st Providers Choice – They’re offering a free trial of their EMR software. Plus, free on-line training is also available. In other words, you can install their EMR and try it, get professional training and decide whether you like it FREE of charge! I love EMR vendors that let you test drive their software like this.

I always appreciate these advertisers support. You can find more information on advertising on EMR and EHR here.

Also, tonight I’m hoping to start selling me EMR selection e-Book. I’m really interested to hear people’s feedback on it.

HIMSS Health IT Venture Fair – HIT Investment

Posted on February 13, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I just came upon a really interesting part of HIMSS 2010 called the HIMSS IT Venture Fair. Many readers probably don’t realize my interest in Venture Capital, entrepreneurship and investing in general. Especially when it comes to technology investments. So, as you can imagine, this part of HIMSS really interests me. I hope that my HIMSS media credentials can get me in to this. Has anyone been to this before?

We’re about to enter an unprecedented time for investment in healthcare IT. There’s going to be a lot of investment, a lot of consolidation and I expect some really interesting new EMR companies who enter the market that we’ve never heard of before. Chilmark research listed 17 HIT acquisitions in the “white hot market for Healthcare IT.” Yet, this is just the very beginning of what we’re going to see.

HIMSS Twitter List and New Media Meetups at HIMSS

Posted on February 12, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Tonight I had a few extra minutes and decided to put together a Twitter list of people that are attending HIMSS 2010. The beautiful thing with a Twitter list is that you can follow a whole group of people that are attending HIMSS 2010 with one click. Plus, for those of you who know nothing about Twitter, you can just go to this HIMSS 2010 Twitter list page and see what all the tweeters at HIMSS are talking about.

Once the conference starts, this will be really fun to watch. Not to mention, it will be a great way to network and find out about the must see items at HIMSS. If you’re planning to tweet from HIMSS in Atlanta and you’re not on the list, leave a comment on this post and I’ll add you to the HIMSS 2010 Twitter list.

Also, in case you didn’t see it on my EMR and HIPAA site, check out the New Media Meetups planned for HIMSS. Everyone is more than welcome. Just make sure you register for the HIMSS New Media kick off event so we know how many people are coming.

Disclaimer: All of this is unofficial. We do not represent the HIMSS organization in any way.