SPOTLIGHT: Kaiser's other troubles outweigh IT issues

The industry is abuzz with rumors about Kaiser Permanente's IT strategy, triggered by an employee memo detailing his concerns about the company's extremely costly EMR system. Healthcare IT execs are scandalized by the purported failure of the billion-dollar system, run on technology provided by leading EMR vendor Epic Systems. But in reality, Kaiser execs should be more concerned about the collapse of the company's kidney transplant program, says blogger Matthew Holt. He notes that while Kaiser's CEO has spoken out publicly regarding the IT issue, he seeming doesn't plan to address the transplant scandal. Blog