HIS-tory Episode Files• Blame a reader of HIS-talk who emailed Mr. HIS- talk the following request back in June: – De ja vu Says: “Vince Cioti’s HIS-tory tidbits are a sweet stroll through time. Might there be a way to consolidate them and provide a link to them on the left side of the screen?” • So if you’d like to go back in time to • A former vendor employer • An HIS you ran many years ago • Looking for an old friend who disappeared • Or are just bored to tears some day… • We’ve loaded all 50-odd (sic) episodes of HIS-tory on our web site, which Mr. HIS-talk has been kind enough to let us link to: hispros.com
Why Bother?• A lot of friends asked me that question during the 2 years I’ve been writing this H.I.S.-story – “why bother, when you can be out there making money as a consultant charging for your time?”• I’ve also been warned by many savvy friends: “Be Careful, this will pigeon-hole you as an ‘old fart’ not in touch with today’s tech!”• The reason is best credited to George Santana who so insightfully said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”• Being born in 1945 and raised in Philadelphia, PA, the same time & place as ENIAC, I think I was destined to write this history of our HIS industry• But please, if you learn anything reading this story, give credit to the scores of past friends, new enemies, business associates and voluntary
Da Man!• Prime credit goes first & foremost to Mr. HIS-talk who so generously printed these weekly HIS-tory episodes in his superb blog all year: http://histalk2.com/• If you want to stay on top of our industry and read HIS-tory as it is being made, this weekly blog of news & opinion is the place!• Not only did he give this series invaluable space, but he provided encouragement when I was getting blogged down, gave me many leads on where to find HIS-tory heroes, and amazing vignettes of HIS vendors from his own experience: Muchas Gracias!!
First Presentation• Credit must go to HIMSS and in particular, whoever was on the selection committee for presentations for their 2011 annual conference.• They let me make an absolute fool of myself dressing like a 1960’s hippy (actually, Mr. HIS-Talk’s idea – he sent me the web site for this garb & wig!)• While I presented a 60-page version of this HIS-tory. Needless to say, the audience enjoyed the spectacle!• If anyone out there would like a repeat at a national or regional event, just say the word – I still have the clothes and, right now, they still fit (barely…)
Former Employers…• Thanks to many old friends at the HIS firms I once worked at, who not only told me some great stories of early days, but provided many documents & pictures that made this dull tome come alive: – Shared Medical Systems • Jim Macaleer – who hired me despite my having no knowledge of hospitals, computers or accounting – (Jim, what were you thinking?) • Mike Mulhall – first boss & mentor, RIP much too early… • And so many old SMS friends: Karl Sydor, Bill Bogutski, Glen Marshall, Bob Haist, Jim Carter, Mike Cassidy, Steve Myers… – McAuto – Dick Schopp, Bill Corum (RIP), Jud Foreman, Ed Gavin… – HIS, Inc. – Brain Fitzpatrick, Roland Thibault (RIP), Jim Smith – Micro Healthsystems – Jim Pesce, John Trogge, Alex Cibenko – Sheldon I. Dorenfest (SIDA) – the wisest seer in HIS-tory!
HIS Vendor CEOs• Retired founders of so many HIS pioneering firms who took time off of their pressing golf & other schedules to tell their fascinating HIS- tories and provided invaluable documents and graphics: – Bob Pagnotta – founder of MDS, Tymshare & HIS Professionals – John Depierro – founder of Gamut and Medical Data Technology – Jim Pesce – of GE Medinet, McAuto, and Micro Healthsystems – Dave Pomerance – founder of Dynamic Control Corp. (DCC) – Ray Paris – founder of Keane’s Health Services Division – Larry Ferguson – of SAI’s (Systems Associates, Inc.) “Saint” – John Sacco – the eponymous founder of JS Data – Sheldon Dorenfest – founder of Compucare as well as SIDA – Frank Poggio – founder of HMDS, the first “Client/Server” – Mike Kaufman – president of SDK, named after his father
HIS Vendor Rank & File• Veterans of other HIS pioneering firms who shared their stories: – Gerber-Alley – Brian Curnutt, Karen See, Brian Robson, Connie Williams, David Salazar, Mark Edelstein, Dave Wellons, Karl Kiss – AR/Mediquest – Paul McVicker and Kalon Mitchell – JS Data – Steve Kilgus, Ron Young and Tom Aikens – Meditech – Bill O’Toole, former inhouse legal counsel – CliniCom – Marjorie Rodell and Don Gilchrist – Eclipsys – Mike Smeraski, formerly of SMS & HBOC – DATX – Gary Lakin who worked for Tim Zinn & Lou Phillips – Lockheed – many thanks to these ladies who kindly corrected a number of egregious errors in one of my earliest stories on MIS: • Jane Baseflug, Connie Berg, Edith Caesar, Ann Farrell, Deborah (Debby) Kohn, Elizabeth West
Work In Progress…• The HIS-tory of our business actually never ends; I hope long after I’m gone, someone will carry the torch and update these files with the stories of entrepreneurs building tomorrow’s systems.• If you have any stories of HIS days of yore that you’d like to share, and especially any old photos or graphics, please send them along • I’ll gladly add your name to the list of credits, • I hope some day to make a book (probably “e” since paper seems so out of date…) out of these PowerPoint files, in which case I promise you an autographed copy of edition #1!• So, please, if you know any of early HIS heroes or stories, please give me their contact info and I’ll add them to this treasure trove: - firstname.lastname@example.org• Or just give me a call at 505/466-4958 (no dots for we old-timers!)