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27. minis js data part 2

  1. 1. “ H.I.S.-tory ” by Vince Ciotti © 2011 H.I.S. Professionals, LLC Episode # 27: JS/Data Part II
  2. 2. Now Where Were We… <ul><li>We’re just finishing up the mini vendors who dominated HIS sales in the 1980s: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HBO, Meditech, DCC, Gerber/Alley, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Upsetting the dominant shared systems like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SMS, McAuto, GE, Tymshare and the many Blues… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We’re down to the last few “mini” minis: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AR/Mediquest and JS/Data, both running on IBM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who, although they didn’t dominate in terms of number of $s, made fascinating HIS-tories: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember what “AR” in AR/Mediquest is for? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So whatever happened to JS/Data ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click right to find out! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Hidden HIS-tory Heroes <ul><li>John Sacco, founder of JS/Data, and Ron Young, his COO, were kind enough to give credit to some of the many hard-working employees behind the scenes who made JS/Data succeed, like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bev Frascati , top right, who installed systems at many of JS/Data’s clients, and is still working today at Roger Williams Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Becky Magee – (no picture, sorry) who John stole away from AR/Mediquest: “I hired Becky Magee away from them and she became a super salesperson for us.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sue Cohen , bottom right, according to Ron Young: “one of the best technical writers in the industry. She wrote and typed every single user manual for JS/Data by herself, an amazing technical writer.” </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Exeunt, Stage Right <ul><li>So what happened to JS/Data ?Check out this cover of Healthcare Computing and Communications circa 1984, that features many of the key players in JS/Data’s fate (from left to right): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rick Adam – the boss at Baxter Travenol Laboratories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frank Russo – who headed up StonyBrook systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steve Dougherty – who headed sales at DCC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>John Sacco – JS/Data CEO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ron Young – JS/Data COO </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Baxter/ Travenol / AHS <ul><li>Like DCC, JS/Data was acquired , by Baxter in 1984 (who themselves had merged with Travenol and American Hospital Supply), creating an offering of 3-tiers of HIS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JS Data – on IBM’s Sys36, called “Alpha” for <100 beds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic Control – running on IBM’s Sys 38, which they called “Delta” and sold to mid-size sites of 1–300 beds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Stony Brook Systems ” = IBM “PCS/ADS” mainframe software for large AMCs and IDNs named “Omega.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So Baxter/Travenol now covered the waterfront, with products for every size hospital, and JS Data was their stellar “low-end” option, targeted to small, under 100 bed community hospitals. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Internecine Warfare <ul><li>Steve Kilgus points out the problem Baxter hit: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The line between Alpha (JS Data) and Delta (Dynamic Control) was a rather thin one as, in fact, JS Data had a number of hospitals at or over 100 beds, just like DCC had many under! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baxter allowed prospects to chose between them, running demos and giving bids for both so the hospital could pick… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sounds magnanimous, but it drove Baxter sales people crazy in that they were basically competing with each other! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let alone R&D programmers at HQ who were loathe to share product development with the “enemy” in the next cube… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Isn’t it wonderful how much progress we’ve made today: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading vendors like McKesson, Siemens, Meditech, etc., have learned to offer but a single product to concentrate all their sales and R&D on… no product overlap for them! </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Merger-Mania Continued! <ul><li>Baxter reached ≈300 hospitals on JS-Data, making it one of the best-selling small-hospital systems of the 1980s. </li></ul><ul><li>Since all 3 of the supply giant’s products ran on IBM , </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Alpha on Sys 36, Delta on Sys 38, and Omega on mainframes) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>T heir next move was predictable: “partner” with IBM ! </li></ul><ul><li>What do you call the combination of IBM and Baxter ? </li></ul><ul><li>Why: I BAX of course, the “next big thing” in 1989 HIS, who immediately re-named their 3 acquired products: </li></ul><ul><li>JS Data/Alpha became Series 3000 </li></ul><ul><li>DCC/Delta became Series 4000 </li></ul><ul><li>Mainframe/Omega = Series 5000 </li></ul><ul><li>Got it? Good because it’s all gonna change with the next merger… </li></ul>
  8. 8. One More Time… <ul><li>IBAX grew to 800 employees, and was headquartered in Hauppage, Long Island, close to Stony Brook Hospital, the site of mainframe software “Omega’s” development. </li></ul><ul><li>CEO of the new firm was Frank Russo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Former CIO at Stony Brook University Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who built Omega using IBM’s “PCS/ADS” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IBM’s tools for “roll your own” mainframe sites, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which evolved from the “Duke/Parkland” System. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Needless to say, IBAX too was open to offers… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And in 1994 HBOC bought them and their ≈600 clients! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JS Data (Series 3000) was “merged” with DCC (4000) to make </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Series 2000,” later shortened to just “Series,” in which pieces of JS-Data’s RPG code still runs in hundreds of hospitals today! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The HIS “Family?” <ul><li>So what’s with all the paisans at HIS vendors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frank Russ o at Baxter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>John Sacc o & Bev Frascat i at JS Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bob Pagnott a at MDS and Tymshare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>John DePierr o ay Gamut & MDT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neal Pappalard o and Larry Polimen o at Meditech </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As for SMS, well it might as well have been from Palermo as King of Prussia: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tony Sammartin o </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sam Ziviell o </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rick Folin o </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vince Ciott i </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bob Roman i </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tony Miriglian i </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peg Micell i </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Ah well, I’m sure it’s just a coincidence… </li></ul>
  10. 10. And Where’s John Sacco Today? <ul><li>Working hard! Check out this amazing coincidence: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My daughter made a major mistake, and followed in her Dad’s footsteps into healthcare, first as a Travelers Nurse… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>She travelled all over, & got nice experience using various HIS-es, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then took a job at UCLA Medical Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on an “epic” Epic implementation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So who was her Project Manager at UCLA? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You guessed it: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John Sacco! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>John has since retired, and is moving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to the south of France: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Vive La Provence!” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- John, save me some vino!! </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. What’s Next? <ul><li>Here’s some interesting ideas from recent emails: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cornelius Mcloughlin – from NYU - [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are you planning on reporting some of the first Laboratory Systems?  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I am familiar with Clindata from BSL, Berkeley Scientific Labs, 1970. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also: Spear (Sperry-Rand?) and DNA (Diversified Numeric Analysis) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Those of us still around from the late 60s-early 70s would be interested! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Walter Tanenbaum - [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Why don’t you do one on consulting firms.  That would be a kick! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I was CIO (or whatever it was called then) at Montefiore in 1970; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Was recruited by KPMG in 1980 at the beginning of their HCIT practice; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recruited back to Montefiore in 81/ 82; went back to KPMG in 1987; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Founded my own firm, The FLEX Group, in 1987 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thanks also to many others who have sent in encouraging emails on their HIS experiences. Keep those cards & letters coming in! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Please send any contributions to: [email_address] </li></ul>

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