It's a clear, cool day here in Atlanta.
- We're seeing more discussions involving Horizon and Paragon. That is, hospitals already very deep in implementations with Horizon, and those equally far along with Paragon. It seems the biggest emotion is a general irritation with McKesson on tabling Horizon, but the lack of specifics on how and when means most facilites are moving along as they have been.
- CAGR. Healthcare IT daily news feeds include at least 3 notices a week about some third party vendor who has assessed the global health IT market at X billion dollars by 2017 -- actually any year about 5 to 8 years out. Pick one. They always take the time to mention this is based on compounded annual growth rate (CAGR), and the reports are available for about $3k to $5k each. Could be more. I assume someone must be paying for these but I'm not sure why.
- Check Engine Light. Interesting to note that regardless of what the experts say, hospitals do not consistently require certification of project managers they hire -- whether full-time or of contractors. Certainly some do. Those who are serious about certification tend to be extremely serious about it. But many others -- actually, most others -- simply want the experience. It's an interesting dialogue, but as one hospital CTO put it to me, "When my car breaks down, I need a good mechanic. I can live with him not being certified, but he can't be inexperienced."
- Now Playing. The wonderful, weird song "Back Down South" by Kings of Leon. Check it. A great song that closes with laughter. How can you beat that?
Over and out.