The Strange Tale of NextGen and NextGen

The Strange Tale of NextGen and NextGen

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There’s a conference styling itself as mini-TED for health care in New York next week. It’s called NextGen Health. There is of course a major EMR called NextGen Healthcare (owned by publicly traded QSII). You might imagine that there’s scope for some confusion between the two brand names, and you’d be right. But the tale of what’s transpired about that confusion is quite the melodrama. Read on and have your Friday chuckle.

Nextgen Health the conference is run by Ari Teman who also runs the Nextgen Charities conference. After he started planning the Nextgen Health conference, the other (bigger, richer, with the EMR) Nextgen asked him to stop using the same name and–when he refused–sued him for trademark infringement. Ho hum you say, happens every day. True, but then this gets more fun.

Saturday of last week, I got an email that was basically a press release saying that the CEO of QSI (the Nextgen EMR company) had been arrested that day for sending an emissary to conduct some kind of raid or home invasion on Ari Teman’s house. I paid attention partly because it was wacky news for the usually doudy EMR business and partly because I’d met Ari Teman at a function in NY the previous Monday. He’d invited himself to breakfast with me the next day where he told me lots about himself and how great his conference was going to be, and eventually asked for my & Health 2.0’s help in marketing it. You may suspect that meeting people who think their new thing is the greatest ever is not that unusual in my line of work, and you’d be right. So I took some of this with a grain of salt, but the line-up looked good and he had people I respect involved and so I agreed to look at a marketing deal.

Then the “press release” arrived about the “arrests” of QSI’s CEO, chief counsel, bottlewasher, dog and more, following the “raid” on Ari’s house while he was at the Aetna meeting at which I’d met him and I was speaking. The “release” was actually mostly a self-promotional piece for Ari and the conference (well, mostly about Ari who you may not realize is a “Jewish Federations of North America’s Jewish Community Hero of the Year“).

I did what any self-respecting lazy blogger would do and sent it to a real HIT industry gossip queen/journalist (Inga@HISTalk) to run down the truth. And the truth was, no arrests, but pretty soon afterwards QSI (the NextGen EMR company) got a real temporary restraining order against Ari stopping him spreading the story of the “arrests”.

At this point several people & organizations involved with aspects of the conference including the a couple of respected NYC-based organizations and consultants pulled out. (And I, THCB and Health 2.0 did not, ahem, follow up on our vague joint marketing proposal).

Undaunted Ari pushed ahead and put out a press release saying that communications giant Edelman (via its well known digital health media personality Shwen Gwee) was now “enabling” 150 small companies to exhibit. I connected with Shwen who was pretty perplexed by this. He told me that Ari called him, asked him for help, and told him other organizations were supporting (when in fact they’d pulled out). Instead of sending Shwen more details as Shwen thought was the next step, Ari sent out the press release with Edelman’s name on it.

I remain more than a bit puzzled. Is this just all a big ruse to publicize a conference? Are the speakers (including famous tweeting mayor of Newark, NJ, Cory Booker) really showing up? Is the mHealth morning the next day going ahead without the people who organized it? Will the exhibit hall–at which apparently you can exhibit for the price of a ticket only–be teeming, or empty?

It’s certainly an unusual tale for the often colorless conference business, even if it’s not the way I’d usually do things. On the other hand, knowing as I do how hard it can be to run a successful conference, there’s a teeny piece of me secretly admiring Ari Teman for his chutzpah in doing absolutely whatever it takes to make his conference, at the least, newsworthy. I have to admit, it would almost be worth going along just to see what happens–and you can’t say that about many conferences.

And of course there’s a few people (including me) interested not just in the conference but in the April court date when the real truth about that restraining order, the home invasion, the trademark et al should come out!

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64 Comments on "The Strange Tale of NextGen and NextGen"


Guest
Mar 23, 2012

1. How about some accuracy? Our conferences are called “NextGen:Charity” and “NextGen:Health” and have have 5200 people register for them in 2 years and had videos seen by over 400,000 people. Check out http://nextgencharity.com and click on someone for a free video. Of course, click on http://nextgenhealth.com/?dCode=ari12 for a ticket for Thurday’s event.

2. There you go again…Accuracy please: I was invited by you and Lois Drapin to the Breakfast. I had a tea and offered to pay for the whole thing. I learned Lois Drapin was taking money from one of the planned panelists, so Lois Drapin is no longer welcome to produce. We have a strict rule against pay-to-play presenters at NextGen:Charity and NextGen:Health. NYCHBL brought in less than 10 people and there’s no reason to let someone who draws 10 people have an entire Broadway theater. Nobody wanted to see what Bunny was producing — or ever does. She’s the worst part of NYCHBL and should just shut her nasally voice and mind-numbingly boring panels and let people meet.

3. “NextGen(R) Healthcare Information Systems Inc.” is their name, not what you say it is, and their trademark is LIMITED to computer systems for electronic medical records and consulting on computer systems for electronic medical records. We are a conference and events company. They just want the domain.

4. They did NOT get a restraining order against me other than to spread “blatantly false claims”, which I never did. They were TRYING to get an injuction against me using the name “NextGen:Health” and the judge denied this. They WERE placed under citizen’s arrest in accordance with NY State Penal Code, as was recorded by the Federal Court Reporter — feel free to request a copy with the Southern District’s Federal Court Reporters.

5. Shwen offered to promote the #DemoFair ( http://nextgenhealth.com/s/demofair.php?dCode=demofair12 ) and I offered to give his co free mention as a result. I misunderstood the “ok” at the end of the call and so I stopped promoting “Edelman” in our mailings anymore although I still appreciate him spreading the word. Another Edelman person is speaking at NextGen:Charity on April 2 in Vancouver.

6. You not following up on your word is cool. We’re drawing an amazing international crowd and will have a great event. That people won’t find boring.

7. As I recall from the Aetna event, where I was while QSII was sending someone to attempt to enter my apartment, you may have been “talking” but I didn’t see many people listening.

I’ll make this guarantee: Come to my broadway theater, and if it’s not less boring than Bunny’s or Holt’s hotel (yawn) events I’ll give you a free ticket to next year and get a henna tattoo of Matthew Holt’s face on my bum. I get to choose which way his mouth faces.

I will fix healthcare conferences. That means I’m saying they’re broken.
Ari Teman
founder, 12gurus NextGen:Health

http://nextgenhealth.com/apply/?dCode=ari12

Guest
Mar 27, 2012

Looks like the whole world is picking on Ari again! Can’t say I’m surprised! He’s one of those guys everyone enjoys picking on because he treats everyone with so little respect.
I was at the NextGen Charity event 11/11 and was appalled at how Ari treated the attendees.
I guess he’s never learned that to receive respect, one has to be respectable!

Guest
Mar 27, 2012

Ah yes, the woman who is not invited back to NextGen:Charity because she insisted on sitting in the “Corporate Philanthropists” roundtable when she is not a corporate philanthropist. Everyone else who got up nicely is welcome back and isn’t commenting. I’d add that a quick view of your website indicates either you haven’t accomplished anything, or you haven’t found a way to display it respectfully. Did you really wander onto a healthcare site for revenge? I don’t see how your non-functioning, unremarkable, also-ran nonprofit coincides with a healthcare blog besides also being led a selfish, immature schoolhouse bully.

Guest
David
Mar 23, 2012

Hi,
I’m an attorney representing 12gurus, which owns NextGen:Health. You must remove false statements saying they got a restraining order against Mr. Teman for spreading stories of the arest. According to the Federal Court Documents, which you have publicaly available (11civ1128), the executives of QSII were in-fact placed under citizens arrest in the State of New York, which is the legal process where an attorney or citizen (in this case, both) are made aware of a felony, such as impersonating a police officer and attempting to illegally enter a residence. You must amend your article to notice that the executives of QSII were placed under arrest via the citizens arrest process of the NY Penal Code.

Guest
Mar 23, 2012

Right. Unlinkable name “David” claiming to be an attorney involved in this matter.

Right. He starts out “Hi.”

Who the fuck do you think you’re fooling? Seriously?

Guest
Mar 23, 2012

“publicaly”?

Guest
Mar 23, 2012

Matt,

1. Publish my response.
2. People can come to the conference and enjoy top doctors, live music, and great demos at: http://nextgenhealth.com/?dCode=ari12
3. And come to the court date. Courtroom 18C, 500 Pearl Street NY. I’ve been beating this public company for 7 months and I’m going to win.

Ari

Guest
Mar 23, 2012

The release in question, for your reading pleasure …

> ———- Forwarded message ———-
> From: 311 Health News Group
> Date: Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM
> Subject: ALERT: Major Health CEO Arrested Felony Charges. Trespass, Burglary, Harassment.
> To: redacted address
>
> Having trouble viewing this email? Click here
> BREAKING NEWS:
> David v. Goliath: QualitySystems, Inc (NASDAQ: QSII) CEO Arrested with Felony Charges. Company attempting to burglarize and harass ‘Jewish Hero’ and health care innovation conference founder.
>
>
> Health Technology Systems CEO, executives and legal team arrested for Criminal liability for conduct of another, Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree, Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree, and Burglary in the Third Degree
> 3/11/12 New York, NY — Early on Saturday, publically traded QualitySystems, Inc’s NextGen Healthcare Information Services (A division of NASDAQ: QSII) CEO Scott Decker and General Counsil Bob Ellis were arrested for multiple crimes including felonies after alledgedly hiring an individual to illegally impersonate a government officer and attempt to gain access to the home of charity founder and past White House and Bloomberg honoree Ari Teman.
>
> At the time of the alleged crimes the victim, Teman was at an Aetna health care event with newly-appointed CTO of the United States Todd Park, then CTO of the Department of Health and Human Services discussing the upcoming NextGen:Health Conference. A comedian by trade, Teman is founder of NextGen:Charity and NextGen:Health conferences and was named Jewish Federations of North America’s Jewish Community Hero of the Year for founding the JCorps International volunteer network.
>
>
> QualitySystems, Inc

Guest
Mar 23, 2012

Ah, the bravery and nobility of someone who calls themselves, “Anonymous.”

Do I sense an hint of antisemitism with all the cracks at the “Jewish hero” bit? Strange place to stop quoting, too. Drapin is vocally anti-religious and anti-Judaism…makes me wonder…

Funny religion to knock in the healthcare space given our contributions. Polio vaccine? Cognitive Therapy? Matt, that beloved treatment for syphilis?

How about almost every field of medicine: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0013_0_13493.html

Let’s leave the antisemitism and Jew-hating for those who can’t read, not just for those who can’t program an interesting conference.

Thanks
Ari

Guest
Mar 23, 2012

You’ll notice Bunny and Lois’ names and logos were removed long ago.
Good job finding an outdated paragraph 20 inches down on a page. It’s removed.

You, Matthew, didn’t mention the White House honor, or any other, just the Jewish thing. You focused on the Jewish thing. I’ll share that and Lois’ emails about religion with press and they can decide who is antisemitic.

Guest
Mar 23, 2012

” Of course, your business not mine” . You’re the one who decided to blog about this, getting almost all the facts and spellings incorrect while making a comment about my Jewishness.

People who begin their paragraphs and statements with “ha ha ha” are usually uncomfortable. Perhaps because you realize you’re destined for the dustbin of history like all antisemites who came before you.

I give people a better conference for over $1000 less than you and don’t take bribes for people to speak. We’ll see where we are in a few years.

Guest
Mar 26, 2012

Just to add another wrinkle, there’s another conference (which I actually thought you were referencing when I clicked through to this post) called HealthTech NextGeneration: http://healthtechnextgen.com/healthtech/

They were actually originally called HealthTech NextGen, and I suggested they be careful using that name. I wasn’t worried about the trademark issue since as Ari says they likely don’t have it for conferences, but mostly so you don’t confuse attendees that might think it’s a conference for NextGen as opposed to something quite different: Next Generation technologies.

Another reminder why I shouldn’t plan a conference, as tempting as that is to me.

Guest
Mar 26, 2012

John, NextGen is ubiquitous: http://www.nextgenisubiquitous.org

Matthew, I’m glad to see you’re still keeping up the jealousy and personal attacks.

Guest
PH
Mar 26, 2012

I can’t thank you all enough for the entertainment of this blog post and comments. I am a CMIO working on a very challenging project to make patient care safer in a complex medical environment and rarely…. very rarely get the opportunity to laugh out loud reading something even remotely related to my work….thank you VERY much for my chuckles and for all the chuckles my peers will have when I send this link to them!!!

Guest
B. A.
Apr 2, 2012

Meow – a cat fight!

I didn’t see this until today and thought it was the best stealth marketing plan ever!

Guest
Apr 5, 2012

Bingo. Notice the name of the conference.

Guest
Mar 26, 2012

PH, if you’re that bored, come to NextGen:Health. We’re going to fix the boredom. http://nextgenhealth.com/s/agenda.php?dCode=ari12

There will even be puppets… not “puppets” in the meaning of, “Company X pays Matthew Holt to have Company X Executive speak, making Matthew Holt a puppet of Company X”, actual puppets that work by having people stick their hand up their…ok so maybe Matthew Holt qualifies.

The link again is: http://nextgenhealth.com/s/agenda.php?dCode=ari12

And if your boss won’t cover the ticket ari [at] nextgenhealth.com and I’ll cover it. Boredom is a terrible disease.

PH, keep sending the link around — we’re selling tickets (Thanks Matthew!). And keep keeping Secret deodorant balanced for women.

Guest
P.T. Barnum
Mar 28, 2012

Hello Mr. Teman,

First, I would like to congratulate you wholeheartedly on your boldness in calling out antisemitic puppets like Mr. Holt.

Second, I was wondering if you could explain what you meant by “And keep keeping Secret deodorant balanced for women.” in your response to PH? Lacking proper context, a statement like this leads one to believe that the person making it is slightly unbalanced.

Cheers!

P.T.B.

Guest
Mar 28, 2012

It’s a classic TV commercial for Secret Deoderant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oka6GGf1_aE

“Strong enough for a man, Ph balanced for a woman.”

Did a man claiming to be a dead circus ringleader just question my sanity? Who reads this blog? No thanks on any forthcoming offer of free tickets to health 2.0.