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Top of the Line

June 1, 2006
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Brailer's departure leaves the national HIT program with a strategic sense of direction and continuing challenges.

Though bigger doesn’t always mean better, it is interesting to see who's at the top of the revenue heap. To that end, we've put together our annual Healthcare Informatics 100 (page 23) — a company-reported ranking of the top healthcare IT companies by revenue. In addition to finding out how much a vendor earned in 2005, listings also include the company's position in last year's ranking, company big-wigs, and a brief raison d'être.

Following the 100 listing, we've highlighted 10 vendors in our Headliners section (page 64) that have been making interesting moves in the past year. After that, Up and Comers (page 77) features health IT companies that are making waves, while Others to Watch (page 80) tries to identify those flying under the radar. As a final addition to the package, our Mergers and Acquisitions feature (page 83) from editorial board member Ben Rooks looks at the hunters and hunted of the past year.

Outside the 100, Making ERP Work (page 16) discusses the fact that while only 20 percent of hospitals have enterprise resource planning systems, many are interested in finding out more. A discussion with executives at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago sheds light on the issue.

And from our Washington Word section (page 20), we explore the latest attempt from the House of Representatives to generate action in the area of electronic health records. A competing bill from the Senate and significant privacy concerns have everyone wondering when something will pass.

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