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Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, MD withdraws his nomination for VA Secretary after Senate Democrats publish allegations against him that include giving out prescription drugs to staffers, drinking to excess while on the job, and managerial misconduct.


The VA issues a somewhat bizarre press release confirming that, despite a lack of top-level leadership, it will move forward with near-term priorities including the Cerner contract now that “employees who were wedded to the status quo and not on board with this administration’s policies or pace of change have now departed VA.” A House appropriations bill released yesterday sets aside $1.2 billion for the software.

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From JK: “Re: Stericycle. This article suggests that the company has turned to JPMorgan for financial advice on the potential sale of its communications services. Stericycle previously acquired NotifyMD and PatientPrompt.” The company hasn’t been on my radar since we exhibited next to them at HIMSS16. Perhaps it’s looking for cash to fund the fines it keeps having to pay to the Washington Department of Ecology for overwhelming the municipal waste plant in Morton with polluted wastewater from its nearby medical waste processing plant.

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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock


Doctor on Demand raises $74 million in a Series C funding round.


Athenahealth announces Q1 results: revenue up 12 percent; adjusted EPS $0.76 vs. $0.03, beating earnings estimates.



Quantros names Trey Cook (Hill-Rom) president and CEO.


AdvancedMD hires John Marron (InMediata Health Group) as VP and GM of its RCM division.


Shawn Morris (Cigna-HealthSpring) joins Privia Health as CEO.


  • Jellico Community Hospital (TN) selects Artifact Health’s mobile app for physician queries.

Government and Politics

CMS Administrator Seema Verma announces at Health Datapalooza that the agency will release Medicare Advantage data to researchers, a plan it shelved last summer over questions about the data’s accuracy. Verma added that Medicaid and CHIP data will also be forthcoming.


Also at Health Datapalooza, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD announces the launch of the Information Exchange and Data Transformation incubator, which will initially focus on the development of digital tools for cancer treatment and drug development. The FDA will also tweak its pre-certification software program to better accommodate AI-powered technology.

Announcements and Implementations

Central Georgia Health Network deploys Arcadia analytics as part of its population health management efforts.


Redox develops single sign on capabilities to help improve connectivity between digital health vendors and their end users.


Mercy Health wraps up implementation of PerfectServe’s clinical communications technology across 23 facilities in Kentucky and Ohio.



STAT looks beyond the investment rounds and hip office furnishings of telemedicine startup Lemonaid Health to highlight its trials and tribulations, including antiquated state regulations that have kept it from scaling beyond 18 states, drug-seeking patients who lie about their symptoms, those who call in to video consults from behind the wheel, and a burgeoning reputation for annoying competitors with complaints about them to state medical boards.

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  • Clinical Computer Systems, developer of the Obix Perinatal Data System, completes SOC 2+ HITRUST CSF Certification.
  • Qventus will exhibit at the IHI Patient Care Summit 2018 April 26 in San Diego.
  • LogicStream Health releases a new podcast, “Patient care, policy and politics with U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen.”
  • Meditech publishes a new case study, “Ontario Shores Improves Outcomes with Meditech’s Patient Portal.”
  • Ellkay will present at the Executive War College Conference on Laboratory & Pathology Management May 2 in New Orleans.

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  1. Re: Stericycle … Stericycle killed InQuicker. Most of their key leadership (who were very sharp) are now gone and Stericycle has dedicated zero development resources to a solution that is now far behind its’ competition.

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