Products: For hospitals: Soarian EHR. For physician practices: Soarian EHR EP.
Why You Should Watch: Siemens Healthcare made big news this year by hiring former Partners HealthCare System CIO John Glaser to run its global health IT business. It will be interesting to see how Glaser will bring his experience in many areas of the industry to bear on a software vendor. In addition to his Partners leadership position, Glaser, who was named an InformationWeek Innovator and Influencer in 2007, was founding chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and helped create the New England Health EDI Network, an administrative transactions consortium. He also spent a year as a special advisor to David Blumenthal, MD when Blumenthal headed the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Glaser may have some tough decisions to make in the next couple of years. Data from HIMSS Analytics, presented recently by former HIMSS Analytics chief Dave Garets, show that Siemens lost 57 hospitals from its U.S. customer base between 2005 and 2011, as facilities upgraded legacy EHRs not with Siemens products but with technology from the likes of Epic Systems, Cerner, Meditech, McKesson, and others. Does German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG stay in the health IT business, or might it be time to sell this division and refocus healthcare efforts on the company's historical strength, diagnostic medical equipment?
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