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Our intrepid beltway reporter Dim-Sum has been telling us for months that IBM and Epic are pitching for the DoD’s $11 billion EMR contract, which IBM now confirms in announcing its intentions. Heading the project will be IBM CMIO Keith Salzman, MD, MPH, who was an Army doc for 22 years. Dim-Sum’s reports have been minor masterpieces of puns, semi-obscure references, and teasing hints, but I just realized that even his or her phony name is yet another one: the bid falls under DHMSM (DoD Healthcare Management Systems Modernization). I suspect we will get a June report shortly, but in the meantime, you might want to refer to his or her updates from March 5, March 28, April 9, and May 2 now that their accuracy has been confirmed (he or she reported here that it would be IBM-Epic two months ago.)


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From Big Sky: “Re: Benefis Health System in Montana. Has an RFI out for EMR replacement.” Unverified. I don’t know what they’re running for inpatient, but they finished a huge NextGen ambulatory rollout a couple of years ago.

From Speechless: “Re: HIMSS chapter speakers. We are putting together a panel discussion for the fall on healthcare IT innovation. If you could choose one or two East Coast speakers, who would they be? We’re thinking of a progressive hospital CIO, someone interesting from one of the incubators, and a provider-side innovation leader.” Let’s crowdsource it with HIStalk readers – leave a comment with your suggestion or if you’d like to volunteer to present (or you can email me.) I’ve been a HIMSS chapter program chair and it’s hard to get good non-vendor speakers.

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From Demon Deacon: “Re: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Successfully launched Epic Inpatient for the Lexington Medical Center, which was the last Wake Forest hospital to go live.” Congratulations to WFBMC for getting the job done despite some disastrous (and preventable) early missteps that cost the health system a lot of money and credibility. My fellow barbeque fans might consider a site visit given that Lexington, NC has the highest ratio of pits-to-people in the country and one joint (Lexington Barbeque, aka “Honey Monk’s”) fed world heads of state at a 1980s summit at the request of President Reagan.

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From Power Seeker: “Re: power strips. Joint Commission says that CMS ‘is no longer allowing relocatable power taps, referred to as RPTs or power strips, to be used with medical equipment in patient care areas, including operating rooms, patient rooms and areas for recovery, exams, and diagnostic procedures. The restriction does not apply to non-patient care equipment such as computers and printers …read more