Podcast: Misys CEO Tom Skelton

This is my interview with Misys Healthcare Systems CEO Tom Skelton about consolidation among health IT vendors. We recorded it on Feb. 1, the day Misys announced its acquisition of Payerpath and the day after the president’s State of the Union address, and we refer to the events of “today” and “last night” in the podcast. I waited a week to post it because I used the interview for a story that ran in this week’s Health-IT World. Never bite the hand that feeds you!

The quality of recordings made from the telephone line varies quite a bit, and the sound has not been the best on my two most recent podcasts, including this one. I went shopping on eBay recently and I’m expecting to get better recordings in person at HIMSS next week with the audio equipment I picked up.

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Podcast details:
Interview with Misys Healthcare Systems CEO Tom Skelton on HIT industry consolidation. MP3, mono, 64kbps, 5.9 MB, running time 12:53

0:00 Introduction
0:40 Misys acquisition of Payerpath
1:10 Payerpath’s fit within current Misys operations
3:20 Data capture and data mining for clinical improvement
4:55 Standards and certification for ambulatory EHRs
7:02 Consolidation in health IT industry
9:40 Impact of consolidation on customers
11:08 What potential customers should consider
12:08 Skelton’s “elevator speech” about Misys