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Important Update: Domain Registrar Account Compromised

Medhost reports that the account used to register its Medhost.com domain was compromised during a cyberattack Tuesday, but assures customers that all internal systems have remained under the company’s control throughout the incident. The company is reiterating that patient information has not been compromised.

Aledade raises $23 million in new funding round

Aledade, the health IT startup founded by former National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, closes a $23 million venture round led by Venrock and Biomatics Capital Partners, bringing its funding total to $97 million since its 2014 launch.

What This Computer Needs Is a Physician Humanism and Artificial Intelligence

A JAMA Viewpoint article is cautiously optimistic about the potential for AI to improve EHR usability, but urges developers to include front-line physicians in the design and deployment of these tools, noting that, “Even though the EMR may serve as an efficient administrative business and billing tool, and even as a powerful research warehouse for clinical data, most EMRs serve their front-line users quite poorly.”

We’re A Bunch of Expensive Financial Clerks

Brent James, MD, Vice President, and Chief Quality Officer for Intermountain Healthcare, imagines a next-generation EHR that lets clinicians pull core clinical and billing functions into their own customized, activity-based workflow designs. He goes on to say “Epic is dead, Cerner is dead, in their current form. It’s only a matter of time.”

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Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. 97 Million in VC for ACO startup? Sounds like a real winner of a program. I’m sure these VC figures do NOT make it into the actual COSTS of running, starting or maintaining an ACO by CMS. Is it just me or does this sounds very expensive for buzzword care ACOs? Why all the $$? How many MDs are in these ACOs? There are only 200 partner practices…thats nearly $500K PER practice to just fund the ACO startup. This is saving money and improving care? Prove it.

  2. Wait Brent James. You sound pretty arrogant given that you tried for years to build an EHR yourself, then you partnered with GE, with Microsoft, with Control Data, with 3M, with Microsoft and GE and then just Microsoft again and you FAILED, FAILED, FAILED.

    Then you tried to get Epic and Cerner to fund your next generation of failures at Intermountain. Cerner won that wonderful privilege and now you complain about them while they forego profit to subsidize your ego. The only thing in it for Cerner was to tout Intermountain as a win over Epic. Wonder who will prove to be the big loser on this long term.

    Brent, what does your religion teach about throwing stones? Certainly something.

    • Even a blind squirrel catches a nut every once in a while. While his statement is full of hyperbole, it’s foolish to think EMRs won’t be replaced if they don’t evolve.







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