3rd of Today’s Leading Vendors• Thanks to founder Ray Paris and a host of other HIS-tory heroes, this week we begin the 3rd episode on today’s HIS vendors: Keane - $3.2B = McKesson, née HBOC = Walt Huff, Bruce Barrington, & David Owens - $2.2B = Cerner, still run by Neal Patterson, co-founded with Cliff Illig - $1.7B (est) = Siemens, née SMS: Jim Macaleer, Harvey Wilson & Clyde Hyde - $1.4B = Allscripts, née Eclipsys, also founded by Harvey Wilson of SMS. - $1.2B = Epic. Gee, I have to wonder, just who was it who founded them? - $900M (est) - GE Healthcare, née IDX/PHAMIS: created by Malcolm Gleser - $545M = Meditech, still run after all these years by Antonino Papallardo - $353M = NextGen: new Opus & old Sphere financials by Florian Weiland - $174M = CPSI (Computer Products & Services Inc), founded by David Dye - $170M = QuadraMed, née Compucare, founded by Sheldon Dorenfest - $160M = Keane, parent giant by John Keane, but HIS div. built by Ray Paris - $110M = HMS (Healthcare Management Systems), Tom Givens & John Doss - $70M (est) = Healthland, formerly Dairyland, founded by Steve Klick
Actually Many Stories…• The story of Keane and its products is one of the most complicated tales in the HIS industry, with the probable exception of McKesson.• It only starts with John Keane’s parent and Ray Paris’ HSD division, but then also covers a host of diverse HIS vendors & products: • Professional Hospital Systems - source of “PatCom,” the premier revenue cycle system created by hospital chain AMI in California. • Source Data Systems (SDS), from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, based on NCR’s “Mednet” HIS. • Infostat – from Dallas, TX, a UNIX-based HIS that ran on AT&T minicomputers. • First Coast – Charlie Gibb’s firm from FLA, whose “APaCS” system ran on IBM AS/400s. • Ferranti from Italy, who bought Pentamation out of Maryland, who had an HIS as well as an industry-leading Long Term Care system. • LabFusion – a leading LIS niche player…
Keane, Inc.• Our story starts way back in December, 1965, when John F. Keane formed the firm in a small office above Nichols Donut Shoppe in Hingham, Massachusetts, offering software services to businesses in this• As a formerera. mainframe programmer at IBM, John knew how so many DP shops stumbled self-developing software, and he wisely sold professional assistance with design, programming, consulting, etc. Keane’s software assistance sold well, and the firm went public in 1970.• As a sign of his creativity, when his own programmers ran into a major project cost overrun in 1971, Keane created a new approach to project management called “Productivity Management.” • Sound familiar? “Productivity” became one of the hot buzz words in management consulting over the next 10+ years. • You may remember it was VP Bill Corum’s focus at McAuto in the late 70s (Episode 4)
Keen Management• Keane suffered the usual ups & downs of any IT organization (remember Allscripts “meltdown” last month?), but the way a firm learns from them really separates the ladies from the girls.• After steady growth for 20 years, a bad quarter in 1986 followed Keane’s entry into selling packaged software. Keane dropped the software line and went back to its custom-programming knitting.• Over the years, Keane pioneered many programming techniques: - In 1987, an alliance with Boston University resulted in Keanes intensive Accelerated Software Development Program (ASDP). - In 1988 Keane developed its Application Management Methodology (AMM) basis of the companys FM (outsourcing)• Keane’s biggest corporate client was IBM, with whom Keane did about 1/4th of its annual revenues, which were ≈$93M in 1990.
Healthy Vertical Market Target• Healthcare caught John Keane’s eye in the 70s as easily one of the hottest vertical markets with so many (poor) self-developers.• By the 70s, shared systems had taken off for small and mid-sized hospitals, but many large hospital DP shops still struggled with self-developing software, starting with “simple” financial systems, with the eventual goal of building nursing, order entry & results reporting from scratch!?• Having forayed into outsourcing with his AAM project management approach, John Keane wisely searched around for an HIS guru to head up his foray into the burgeoning field of hospital systems.• H thene acquired Ray Kern’s leading FM (Facilities Management) firm, Innovations in Technology, John was quite impressed with the background of their sales executive, Ray Paris, who had years
The Rest is H.I.S.-tory• We’ll pick up our story next week with Ray Paris’ tale of his early HIS days that included some fascinating tales from the crypt: – Interviewing at McAuto with Walter Huff when it was still based in Peoria, IL (not in St. Louis yet!), accepting a job offer from him in 1971, then showing up a month later to find Walt had left… – Battling it out with Dick Davis, SMS” superstar salesman in NYC: • Dick calling him one day and threatening to “eat his lunch,” • Then interviewing with Jim Macaleer and Harvey Wilson! – Beating Davis & SMS out at Hackensack Medical Center in NJ. – And heading up sales at Ray Kern’s Innovations in Technology. • After Keane bought IIT, Ray led Keane’s HSD through an amazing evolution of hardware platforms, product lines and other HIS vendor & product acquisitions…
Help for the Next Weeks!?• Indeed, Keane’s acquisition-itis was so vast, we’ll cover a half- dozen other HIS firms in telling their tale, so if any of you know any stories or veterans from these firms, please help me with: – Professional Hospital Systems – from AMI in California – you out there Arnie Caplan? And Steve Harris - still with Keane!? – Source Data Systems (SDS), from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, anyone know the history of this firm?? – Infostat – from Dallas, TX, need to hear from John Indrigo! – First Coast – Charlie Gibbs and his wife from Florida... – Ferranti - from Italy, who bought Pentamation out of Maryland; Gary Pollock from Clark Memorial Hospital’s Pharmacy department has already promised help! – LabFusion – a leading LIS niche player… anyone know their inside story? May lad us into a whole LIS shtick…• Please call 505.466.4958 or email: email@example.com