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26. minis js data part 1

  1. 1. “ H.I.S.-tory ” by Vince Ciotti © 2011 H.I.S. Professionals, LLC Episode # 26: JS Data Part 1
  2. 2. JS/Data <ul><li>Thanks much to these HIS-tory heroes who helped start the search for the JS/Data story: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Steve Kilgus , VP Product Development at Emdeon today: “Believe it or not, I came out of college and my first job was with JS/Data.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tom Aikens , EVP at maxIT today who “worked for 21+ years at Dynamic Control, THIS, Baxter, Spectrum, IBAX, HBOC, McKessonHBOC, McKesson….. I think I got the names right!” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So where did this tiny little upstart firm come from that had the nerve to challenge ‘70s shared system giants like GE, SMS and McAuto? </li></ul><ul><li>Well, such a tiny company could only come from our tiniest state: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhode Island! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Riding IBM’s Coattails! <ul><li>Like so many other mini vendors in the early days of HIS-tory, JS Data wrote their software for IBM minicomputers, joining: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic Control , which started on the System 3, then migrated to a System 15, then the System 34, 36, 38, and eventually the AS/400. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IHC’s ASI , which started on the System 34, then went right up the ladder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LeBlanc- Schexnayder , which offered small hospital systems on IBM minis </li></ul></ul>IBM DCC IHC IHS JS/ Data <ul><ul><li>HCS – Joe Fayhe’s firm from Wall, NJ, running on the Sys 38 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AR/Mediquest – starting on the Sys 34, migrating to Sys 36 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IHS – in LaJolla, CA, also on IBM minis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not to mention dozens of LIS, RIS & RX ancillary vendors… </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What’s in a Name? <ul><li>“ Data ” is the easy part, but what’s a “ JS ”? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First person to remember the answer was: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dave Pomerance from Dynamic Control! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember how “ AR/Mediquest ” was named after “ Andy & Roger ?” If not, go back to last week’s episode, dummy… </li></ul><ul><li>Well, “ JS ” stood for John Sacco , another HIS-tory hero who’s living today in California, but started out working in Rhode Island at: </li></ul><ul><li>South County Hospital – a small, 100-bed facility in Wakefield that had an early IBM System 32 mini, and John as their MIS Manager. </li></ul><ul><li>By all accounts, John was a brilliant man, who visited the IBM office in Providence frequently to learn the latest RPG tricks. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1978, he left South County to form JS/ Data , programming it in his kitchen! </li></ul>
  5. 5. HIS-tory Heroine <ul><li>This episode is actually an “ HER -story” as these </li></ul><ul><li>details came from John Sacco’s first employee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beverly Frascati (not related to that wonderful wine I’m sorry to say…) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bev worked at South County with John, and left to join JS/Data. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazingly, she’s still working hard in HIT today at Roger Williams Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, a “flagship” Meditech shop for site visits. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>She gave a demo of Meditech to a prospect hospital from Vermont recently who still remembered her from their JS Data implementation years ago! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>She remembers the “good old days” well: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first programmers were former musicians, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who could make the Sys 36 RPG code hum! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>JS/Data sold well to many small hospitals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside of the big cities, under 100-bed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hospitals dominate New England, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JS/Data sold scores of them… </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Ron-Jo(h)n? <ul><li>Actually, like so many HIS vendors, it took </li></ul><ul><li> two to tango at the top of JS/Data, like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jim Macaleer & Harvey Wilson together built SMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dave Pomerance & Mitch Laskey led DCC to the top </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban Gerber & Terry Alley formed Gerber-Alley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Andy & Roger originally created AR/Mediquest … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At JS/Data, the duo was: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>John Sacco (on left) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CEO, super-salesman </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and programmer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ron Young (on right) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>COO, chief cook & </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>bottle-washer </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Rapid Rise to the top… <ul><li>From Ron programming & selling, Bev Frascati doing the installs, and Ron Young running the “back office,” JS/Data grew & grew… </li></ul><ul><li>IBM had them present at regional conferences where System 36 salesmen were thrilled to introduce a hot software “partner” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Although in fact, John & Ron never became a VAR (Value Added Reseller) for fear of losing their treasured autonomy… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By 1983, they had sold over 200 hospitals on their system, and grew to over 100 employees (Ron swears they never lost an FTE!) </li></ul><ul><li>Their biggest claim to fame was DRGs! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost as big in the early 1980s as ARRA & Meaningful Use are today. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Along with DRGs, JS/Data offered a wide array of financial apps, even getting into Pharmacy, as the next page attests: </li></ul>
  8. 8. Treasure from Ron Young’s Files:
  9. 9. Whatever happened to JS/Data ? <ul><li>Did they go broke like other mini pioneers such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AR/Mediquest & Sentry Data? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Or did they get gobbled up like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic Control, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compucare, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SAI (Saint), and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gerber/Alley? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You’ll just have to wait until next week to find out - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Cause it’s late and I’m tired… </li></ul></ul>

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