I have noticed that much of the last few days’ search traffic to this site clusters around themes related to the recent HSG/GE Healthcare JV, the accompanying HSG layoff, wondering what will happen to the customers, etc. In an attempt to stay true to my roots as a marketer, here’s an attempt to give my readers what […]Read more "HSG Layoffs, Musings on NewCo Culture"
It’s been two and a half years since McKesson executed a major shuffle of the executive suite in its Technology Solutions business, and we’ve now seen what I’d consider to be the first major announcement since that change: The company is halting development on its Horizon inpatient clinical and revenue cycle products and doubling down […]Read more "McGuessin’: The McKesson Strategy Guessing Game"
I was happy to see today’s HIStalk interview with Michael Weintraub, CEO of Humedica. This is a company that seems to have an innovative product coupled with an innovative business model that is positioned for greatness as health reform kicks into high gear. Humedica’s offering has a value proposition is similar to that of analytics offerings from […]Read more "Thoughts on Humedica"
Yesterday’s post by Sean Nolan, Microsoft’s Distinguished Engineer who runs R&D for the Health Solutions Group, seems to affirm the conjecture that HealthVault will provide a means for Microsoft to retain key technical talent as it forms a joint venture with GE Healthcare: At the end of the day — I want to assure you that […]Read more "Who’s in your lifeboat?"
Today Microsoft and GE announced a new joint venture that combines Microsoft’s Amalga, Vergence, and ExpreSSO products with GE’s Qualibria and eHealth offerings in a new company to be named later. GE’s Michael J. Simpson will be CEO of the new company, and Peter Neupert has announced his retirement from Microsoft. I’m not surprised by the […]Read more "Thoughts on today’s Microsoft/GE Healthcare joint-venture announcement"
(Originally published 3/21/2007 on zachmortensen.net) The term moral hazard is generally used within the insurance industry to describe the tendency of the insured to increase their risk tolerance once their risks are hedged by insurance. For example, a consumer with a homeowner’s insurance policy might decide against returning home to double-check that she had turned […]Read more "Moral Hazard in Healthcare IT"
(Originally published 11/27/2006 on zachmortensen.net) Last week software-development pundit Joel Spolsky ranted about the obtuse design of the shut-down menu in the recently-released Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. A few days later, a former Microsoft engineer named Moishe Lettvin posted a reply that gives us a telling behind-the-scenes look into why large software systems fail, […]Read more "The Million-Dollar Menu"
(originally published 11/7/2006 on zachmortensen.net) No doubt you’ve read the news: A 25-year-old Kaiser employee named Justen Deal has blown the whistle on the HMO’s multi-billion-dollar implementation of HealthConnect, Kaiser’s in-house name for the product suite provided by Epic Systems Corporation of Verona, WI. There’s no need to rehash the story here, but I would […]Read more "Kaiser HealthConnect: A Disaster of Epic Proportions?"
(originally published 11/2/2006 on zachmortensen.net) RaleighHIS asks: “Re: Meditech. How does the integration story play so well? 30+ servers, databases that need to be ‘synced’. Yet they tell the ‘integration story’ and people buy it!?” There can be little doubt that Meditech is the most-successful healthcare IT vendor today, having recently posted quarterly net income […]Read more "Response to RaleighHIS: Meditech “Integration Story”"
(Originally posted 11/2/2006 on zachmortensen.net) This morning Mr. HIStalk ran a very good interview with Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO of athenahealth, who seems to be a visionary and articulate executive poised to do great things for the industry. I’ll comment on one of his points in particular: "Everyone needs to have a service with […]Read more "Commentary on HIStalk Jonathan Bush Interview"