Northwell Health (NY) physicians and IT and operations staff will work with Allscripts to develop a cloud-based EHR incorporating voice recognition and artificial intelligence. Northwell has been an Allscripts customer (Sunrise and TouchWorks) since 2009, when the health system was known as the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. It plans to implement the new software systemwide.
SVP and CIO John Bosco, who has been with the organization since 2004, will likely have a hand in product development.
I can’t recall an EHR vendor in recent memory putting boots on the ground at a single client site to design, develop, and implement a product before releasing it to the market. Perhaps that end-user accountability will result in something more tangible than the ambulatory-focused Avenel software Allscripts launched at HIMSS18, only to cease mentioning it almost immediately afterwards.
Allscripts shares seem largely unaffected, dipping slightly from $11.11 to $10.58 during Tuesday’s trading.
HIStalk Announcements and Requests
Welcome to new HIStalk Gold Sponsor Summit Healthcare. The Braintree, MA-based company has helped 1,000 healthcare systems take control of their integration and automation needs over its 20-year history while maintaining a 98% customer retention rate. Product suites include Exchange (interoperability platform), All Access (document distribution and display), EMPI (patient identity and demographics management), Scripting Toolkit (robotic process automation), Scheduler (schedule- and parameter-based task launching), and InSync (synchronization for data management). The company’s integration technology and professional services can help health systems lower costs, increase speed to results, improve care, and enhance compliance and control. Its EMPI Analysis Check can help hospitals that have merged, changed systems, or maintain best-of-breed ancillary systems assess the impact of duplicate records, inaccurately billed claims, and reconciliation costs. Thanks to Summit Healthcare for supporting HIStalk.
October 2 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Conversational AI in Healthcare: What About ROI?” Sponsors: Orbita, Cognizant. Presenters: Kristi Ebong, SVP of strategy and GM of healthcare providers, Orbita; Matthew Smith, AVP and conversational AI practice leader, Cognizant. Conversational AI holds great promise to drive new opportunities for engaging consumers and customers across all industries. In healthcare, the stakes are high, especially as organizations explore opportunities to leverage this new digital channel to improve care while also reducing costs. The presenter experts offer a thought-provoking discussion around conversational AI’s timeline in healthcare, the factors that organizations should consider when thinking about virtual assistants through chatbots or voice, and the blind spots to avoid in investing in those technologies.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
PDMP-focused technology company Appriss Health acquires OpenBeds, software developed by Johns Hopkins faculty member Nishi Rawat, MD that helps providers and social workers connect behavioral health patients with inpatient and outpatient care.
Athenahealth puts its Arsenal-on-the-Charles headquarters outside of Boston up for sale. It purchased the historic property from Harvard University in 2013 for $168 million. The company still maintains five offices in the US and two in India, and intends to remain in the area as a long-term tenant.
Siemens Healthineers subsidiary Siemens Medical USA will acquire Seattle-based ECG Management Consultants from Gryphon Investors.
Francisco Partners will buy LIS vendor Orchard Software. Billie Whitehurst (Netsmart) will become CEO of the newly acquired company. The Francisco Partners portfolio already includes Capsule Technologies, CoverMyMeds, GoodRx, T-System, QuadraMed, and ZocDoc.
- Inspira Health (NJ) will offer telemedicine services from MDLive.
Alphabet names Robert Califf, MD (Duke Health) to head of strategy and policy for its Google Health and Verily Life Sciences Divisions. The former FDA commissioner has been a Verily advisor since 2017.
Announcements and Implementations
WakeMed Health & Hospitals (NC) implements PeraHealth’s Rothman Index predictive analytics software.
Boulder Community Health (CO) goes live on Epic.
Boston Software Systems announces GA of productivity-focused analytics.
Government and Politics
Beginning next year, the VA will automatically share health data with community providers using the Veterans Health Information Exchange.
FDA proactively issues an alert about Urgent/11, a cybersecurity vulnerability found in IPnet third-party software that attackers may exploit to hack into medical devices and hospital networks.
Privacy and Security
A ransomware attack forces several hospitals in the Australian state of Victoria to take their computer systems offline. Impacted organizations include Allscripts customer Gippsland Health Alliance and the South West Alliance of Rural Health, which seems to be an InterSystems customer. The hack coincided with an upgrade to the nationwide My Health Record PHR connecting diagnostic imaging and pathology providers to the system.
DCH Health System in Alabama diverts patients from all three of its hospitals after their computer systems were taken down by an early-morning ransomware attack. The system announced it was implementing Meditech Expanse just over a year ago.
Northern Light Health administrators say they will work harder to get physicians on board with the Maine-based health system’s rebrand, which kicked off last year. Staff have questioned the value of an expensive project that has no direct impact on patient care. The undisclosed cost of the marketing project, which typically runs into the millions of dollars, has eaten into earnings as the system attempts to pay off $391 million in debt and borrow another $34 million for construction.
Stanford University’s Machine Learning Group works with Intermountain Healthcare (UT) to develop software that can accurately identify the presence of pneumonia from chest X-rays in as little as 10 seconds. Intermountain expects to roll out the CheXpert technology in select emergency departments this fall.
A small Definitive Healthcare survey of healthcare stakeholders finds that a lack of resources including health IT, gaps in interoperability, and trouble with collecting and reporting patient data are some of the biggest barriers to moving to value-based care models. Those who’ve already made the transition cited reduced medial errors as the biggest benefit.
- Dimensional Insight team members sponsor the registration table at the St. Jude run/walk.
- AdvancedMD publishes a new e-guide, “4 Ways to Tell if Your EHR is an Adult or Teen.”
- Bluetree names Deb May (Renown Health) and Carmen Wolf (Nuance) executive partners.
- Burwood Group Cloud Services President Chris Pond joins the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego.
- CoverMyMeds publishes a new case study, “End-to-End Support Improves Patient Access for Specialty Medications.”
- The One Million by One Million blog features Diameter Health CEO Eric Rosow.
- Hyland Healthcare assists in the development of NIST’s new practice guide, “Securing Picture Archiving and Communication System.”
- Zynx Health’s new Import Manager gives customers the ability to import PowerPlans from their Cerner EHRs to Zynx Health’s Knowledge Analyzer.
- How your peers are using APPs – and what you can do to keep them on your team (Advisory Board)
- Agfa is Gold Winner at SAP Quality Awards! (Agfa Healthcare)
- Avaya’s New York Customer Experience Center is the New Model for Immersive Customer Experiences (Avaya)
- 3 Ways Your Medications May Be “Costing” You (Bluetree)
- Complete Cloud Compliance for Amazon RDS and Amazon ElastiCache (Datica)
- How Patients View EHRs: The Pros and the Cons (ChartLogic)
- Turning Lemons Into Lemonade – My Health IT Journey (Clinical Architecture)
- Healthcare Providers Can’t Afford to Ignore Social Determinants of Health (Collective Medical)
- MH-CURE: The Essential Tool for Getting Magnet-Recognized (Mobile Heartbeat)