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Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act Requires Exploration of Digital Health Opportunities

The House of Representatives passes the ECHO Act, a bill that will expand telehealth services to remote and underserved communities. The bill will now make its way to the President’s desk for signature.

Former Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris is raising a new $230 million fund to focus on health care

Google Ventures founder Bill Maris announces that he is raising a $230 million investment fund that will focus on health care investments.

Physician Productivity Startup Augmedix Secures $23 Million to Continue the Nationwide Expansion of its Smartglass-based Remote Scribe Services

Google Glass startup Augmedix, which offers remote scribe services to help doctors navigate EHRs and document encounter notes while in the exam room, raises a $23 million investment round.

Fitbit buys smartwatch maker Pebble’s software assets

Fitbit acquires smartwatch maker Pebble’s software and intellectual property. Financial terms were not disclosed, but analysts value Pebble at $40 million.

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  1. ICYMI: More bad news on the Coast Guard/Epic stuff. Epic is under investigation for what seems to be another under bid… Some speculate they just underbid and that’s why Epic work always includes cost overruns. Here’s the old story: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/ehr-debacle-leads-to-paper-based-care-for-coast-guard-servicemembers-222412

    New Story from Politico earlier this week:
    COAST GUARD’S EHR FAILURE UNDER THE SCOPE: The GAO is investigating the Coast Guard’s failed implementation of its Epic EHR system, our Darius Tahir scoops. The probe stems from a May request of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “GAO is investigating the total spent on the contract, reasons for the delay in canceling it, the rationale behind the Coast Guard’s decision not to use a DoD EHR system, and whether the Coast Guard lost patient information when it copied information from its failing computer systems to paper,” Darius writes.

  2. Where are you seeing this? The newest result for “politico coast guard” in Google is the article you linked, which is from April.

  3. http://medcitynews.com/2016/12/cerner-delay-military-ehr/?rf=1

    “There are other pieces of business in the DoD,” Burke said. “The more they go through and understand the capabilities, the more they say, ‘This wasn’t in our initial scope, but now that we understand it,’” the Pentagon is expanding the scope of Cerner’s work.

    “I think you can expect more of those kinds of things within the DoD. Even the core rollout to the theater was not bid as part of the original contract,” Burke said, referring to EHR installations outside the U.S. and aboard aircraft carriers.

  4. RE: Coast Guard and Epic — What will come of the coast guard issue? Is it deeper? Why is it that every Epic install ends up with a cost overrun? They aren’t the cheapest option – but are they bidding things intentional low to compete and then surprise with their costs later?







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