17 Republican Senators have sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for a one-year delay in MU Stage 2, arguing that "this time pressure has raised questions about whether such a short period for Stage 2 is in the best long-term interest of the program. In order to achieve interoperability, it is critical that Stage 2 be as successful as possible."
EHR freeware vendor Practice Fusion raises a $70 million series D investment round on a $700 million valuation. The company has found a revenue stream through monetization of its de-identified patient data. Pharmaceutical companies are primary customers and pay for weekly updates on aggregate prescribing trends.
eClinicalWorks announces a partnership with Epic that will bring bi-directional interoperability between the two EHR systems. The interface enables cross-platform medical record matching, and then enables the exchange of problem lists, allergies, medications, discharge summaries and Continuity of Care Documents.
MMRGlobal has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Allscripts seeking monetary damages as well as a permanent injunction over the patient portal that Allscripts acquired from Jardogs earlier this year. The company also has a lawsuit filed directly with what remains of Jardogs.
The small practice EHR replacement market is picking up. Cloud-based solutions like athenaHealth and Practice Fusion are picking up new customers, while GE, Allscripts, Vitera, and McKesson are seeing the bulk of the customer loss.