MMR Global files a patent infringement suit against Jardogs, recently acquired by Allscripts. The suit references Jardog’s FollowMyHealth patient portal as infringing on an MMR Global patent. Prior to this suit, MMR Global had been predominantly targeting hospitals and health systems in its string of lawsuits, but it appears that patient portal vendors will now be targeted as well.
Organizations from California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin announce the formation of a new collaborative initiative with the goal of documenting and sharing best practices guidance to help hospitals prepare for ICD-10 conversion.
Louisiana State University and Siemens Healthcare have informed 8,000 patients that their personal health information was exposed after a bug in a Siemens system associated visit information with incorrect billing addresses. Siemens had been contracted to print and mail patient bills on behalf of LSU. The issue was discovered when patients began calling the hospital reporting incorrect names and treatments on their bills. No Social Security numbers, birthdays, or account numbers were exposed in the breach.
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, will deliver the opening keynote speech during the ICD-10 Forum on June 17-18.
IDC Health Insights has published a guide to ACO formation, detailing five stages of what it calls ACO maturity. The report emphasizes the importance of introducing new technologies, like data analytics and mHealth apps, to support post-acute care, but only after key maturity levels are reached.