PICIS bought by Ingenix. I can hear my old hospital boss/CEO cussing me out now. “What! We are using an ED software package sold by an insurance company?”
The healthcare IT juggernaut will cause significant realignment of healthcare IT vendors over the coming years – Ingenix, as a wholly owned subsidiary of United Healthcare, has the financial backing, and is in the game. Their efforts have gotten some (though limited) traction in physician practices. Talk about a EMR user interface only a mother could love. Ingenix’s strength has been in back office payment management and coding solutions.
Hospitals are very wary of an insurer role in their business; the historical relationship has much bad blood. I should know – I have been on both sides.
Ingenix now expands into an in-depth clinical role in critical care ambulatory settings, if they care at all about that piece of the PICIS business and not just their analytics. I suspect they do.
That, plus the time-honored debate of best-of-breed versus all inclusive/integrated Hospital IT solutions should make it fun to see how Ingenix’s strategy works out….
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