My apologies to readers who lamented my last blog entry that failed to knock a vendor product. This one will tick them off even more: two bits of good news on two vendor revenue cycle products, both overturning my long-held skepticism:

Soarian Financials – along with most industry pundits, I mocked the slow delivery of Siemens’ Soarian, my best quip being calling it “Soarian.ppt.” Announced in the late ’90s just before SMS’s acquisition as “TNT,” Soarian had the usual slow delivery blues, with releases taking longer and longer, to deliver less and less promised functionality. As most know, by now Soarian’s clinical apps have been completed, and they compete very well with other high-end vendors like GE, Epic, and Eclipsys, whoops, sorry, I mean Allscripts.   What surprised me recently was working with a hospital that was considering Soarian financials, which are primarily Revenue Cycle apps: Access, Billing, & AR. For ERP suite (AP, GL, Materials, etc.), Siemens, like most vendors, punts to specialty firms like Lawson these days.

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