My favorite State Fair treat is Lemonade Shake Up. I have memories of drinking it at various county and state…
A new KLAS report on EHR market share in US hospitals finds that Epic gained the most in 2020, adding 101 hospitals representing 19,000 beds.
Cerner saw its second consecutive year of net market decrease in losing 19 hospitals and 10,000 beds, which KLAS attributes to big-hospital concerns about its revenue cycle functionality.
Epic’s market share is 31% of all hospitals and 42% of all beds, while Cerner has 25% and 27%, respectively.
All the hospitals that Meditech added in 2020 were under 100 beds and 62% of its legacy customers that made EHR decisions in 2020 moved to other vendors, Epic in almost all cases.
From HIPAA To Be Square: “Re: vaccination record for conference attendance. Isn’t this a HIPAA violation involving PHI?” Of course not. HIPAA does not prevent an individual from voluntarily disclosing their own information to whoever they want. PHI is a concept that applies only to covered entities and business associates, otherwise you couldn’t tell anyone your name or email address since they are among the 18 PHI identifiers. You aren’t required to disclose your vaccination status, but conferences are not legally required to let you in if you don’t. I trust the vaccine and don’t worry about what everybody else is doing, such as presenters wearing face shields and exhibitors wiping down booth surfaces, but I’m curious why HIMSS is insistent on distancing when CDC says it isn’t necessary (HIMSS hasn’t decided on masks yet, but there’s zero chance they will voluntarily enter that minefield). More interesting to me is how conferences will use mostly untested technology to efficiently check vaccination status at scale, HIMSS21 being particularly at risk given that we’re just 80 days out. My guess is that proof will involve waving dog-eared (and easily faked) paper vaccination cards, which is ironic for a healthcare technology conference. HIMSS hasn’t said if it will allow vaccination exceptions, but its virtual version of HIMSS21 should protect it from any legal challenge by prospective attendees who can’t or won’t be vaccinated since it will be offering “reasonable accommodation.” Companies should be careful about requiring employee attendance, however, since that means asking about vaccination status and deciding how to respond to those who refuse to be vaccinated.
June 3 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Diagnosing the Cures Act – Practical Prescriptions for Your Success.” Sponsor: Secure Exchange Solutions. Presenters: William E. Golden, MD, MACP, medical director, Arkansas Medicaid; Anne Santifer, executive director, Arkansas Department of Health – Office of Health Information Technology; Kyle Meadors, principal, Chart Lux Consulting. A panel of leading experts will provide practical guidance on how to prepare for the Cures Act. Will it upend your business model? What is information blocking? How can standardized technologies be applied to meet Cures Act requirements? What must I do now as well as in the next five years?
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
JPMorgan, fresh off its failed Haven healthcare joint venture with Amazon and Berkshire Hathaway, launches Morgan Health to improve the medical care of its 165,000 US employees and family members. The business will partner with leading healthcare organizations to develop models for other employers and will be given $250 million to invest in companies that offer promising healthcare solutions. Named as Morgan Health CEO is Dan Mendelson, MPP, who spent 21 years as CEO and founder of consulting firm Avalere Health, which was acquired by Inovalon for $140 million in 2015.
UK-based chatbot and virtual visit vendor Babylon acquires 700-physician Meritage Medical Network (CA). The company has raised $631 million in funding through a Series C round and is considering whether to launch an IPO or merge with a SPAC at a valuation of over $4 billion.
White-labeled virtual care technology and clinician network vendor Wheel raises $50 million in a Series B funding round.
Harris acquires ER Express, which offers EDs and urgent care facilities software for online check-in, patient intake, and online referral. It will be placed within Harris’s PulseCheck business.
Providence-founded Tegria acquires RCM robotic process automation vendor Colburn Hill Group.
Allscripts files a federal trade secrets and non-solicitation complaint against its former senior VP Raj Toleti, who was CEO of mobile patient engagement platform vendor Health Grid when Allscripts acquired that company in 2018. Allscripts made Toleti an executive and he stayed until March 2020. Allscripts claims that Toleti’s other companies, Andor and India-based Mahathi, offer staff augmentation for the implementation of Allscripts FollowMyHealth and used Allscripts intellectual property in their products.
Israel-based healthcare Internet of Things cybersecurity vendor Cynerio raises $30 million in Series B funding.
Money-losing Medicare Advantage insurer Bright Health, which offers plans in 13 states, files for an IPO, having raised $1.6 billion in funding and booked a five-fold revenue increase in 2020 from its several acquisitions. The company’s S-1 form says it has developed analytics to provide care advice and is “in the process of making it fully operational.”
- Banner Health will enable “digital health prescriptions” using the deployment platform of Xealth.
- Geisinger Health Plan will use the cost and quality transparency platform of HealthSparq as integrated with the provider search and scheduling solutions of Kyruus, which acquired HealthSparq in April 2021.
PeraHealth promotes Joe Beals, PhD, MBA to CEO.
Edwin Miller, MBA joins telehealth vendor Sitka as chief product officer.
ArborMetrix names Maria Siambekos, MBA (Champion Healthcare Technologies) as CEO.
Announcements and Implementations
Anthem signs an agreement with Epic to support bi-directional health information exchange between Anthem’s affiliated health plans and providers using Epic’s Payer Platform. Anthem says it will use patient information to identify care gaps, streamline prior authorization, and to notify providers when their patients are discharged.
Six hospitals in Ottawa, Canada develop a version of Meditech’s patient portal for French speakers.
KLAS looks at the telehealth ecosystem, concluding that Amwell and Teladoc offer feature-rich virtual care platforms, Health Recovery Solutions has broad capabilities in remote patient monitoring, Doxy.me stands out among videoconferencing platforms, Epic customers report deep adoption, and NextGen Healthcare’s EHR-agnostic product is strong in ambulatory practices and specialties.
Mitre publishes a draft national strategy for digital health that includes:
- Universal broadband access.
- A sustainable, tech-prepared workforce.
- Digital technologies that empower people to manage their health.
- Data exchange architectures, APIs, and standards.
- A digital health ecosystem that provides information for public health decision-making.
- Integrated governance.
TransformativeMed brings its Core Work Manager App to Epic as University of Washington / UW Medicine – which originally developed the specialty-specific workflow and handoff coordination tool as a Cerner-embedded MPages tool – migrates to Epic and continues its use of Core Work Manager. The original developers, trauma surgeon Erik Van Eaton, MD and lead EHR architect David Stone, founded TransformativeMed and have implemented the product in 130 hospitals.
Microsoft will retire Internet Explorer next year in favor of its Edge browser, which holds a 3% browser market share. IE is still present on Windows 10 PCs, accessible from the Search window for those looking to take a trip back in time with a browser that was slow and clunky even in its heyday.
Ransomware hackers post sample information from Ireland’s health service online after the government declines to pay their demanded $20 million. The information includes patient medical files, meeting minutes, contracts, and correspondence with patients.
New Zealand’s Waikato District Health Board is experiencing “absolute chaos” after a ransomware attack Tuesday, going back to paper records and trying to properly identify patients.
Wyoming’s health director and the state’s CIO resign after COVID-19 test results ended up on GitHub due to an apparent mistake by a health department employee. Scammers have used the exposed data to call people they hope will be convinced to disclose their financial and insurance information.
A Minnesota doctor is charged with sexual assault after a female patient complained that he performed a rectal exam on her during an unrelated visit, then afterward had one hand on the computer keyboard and the other down his pants.
- The Healthcare Technology Report includes Wolters Kluwer Health Business Unit GM Karen Kobelski and Central Logic CEO Angie Franks on its list of “The Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare Software of 2021.”
- Carrot Health will add social determinants of health data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions to its SDOH data and analytics software for providers and payers.
- Everbridge achieves its 16th Authority to Operate on the FedRAMP Marketplace.
- Experity, formed in 2019 in the merger of DocuTAP and Practice Velocity, says its urgent care clinic customer base – 50% of the US total – experienced a 58% increase in visit volume in 2020.
- Lumeon, Fortified Health Security, Impact Advisors, and First Databank are included on Modern Healthcare’s “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” list.
- Jvion publishes the “AI Champions Connect Quarterly Report: Artificial Intelligence & Population Health.”
- Meditech congratulates customers Avera Health and HCA Continental Division/HealthONE on being named among the Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems for 2021.
- CHIME’s Opioid Action Center Podcast features Meditech Associate VP Janet Desroche.
- NTT Data and its affiliates donate $10 million to help India through its COVID-19 surge.
- The Difference Between SIEM and EDR/MDR, and Why You Need Both (Fortified Health Security)
- Active Shooter Preparedness: Best Practices and Recommendations (Everbridge)
- Partnering with The Daisy Foundation to Recognize Nurses (GetWellNetwork)
- What Are Custom Claim Edits and Why Are They Important? (RCxRules)
- Celebrating National Nurses Month and International Nurses Day: Part Two – Lorraine (Laurie) Porcaro, and Part Three – Christina Averbeck (Glytec)
- Select a Partner, Not a Clinical Communication Vendor (Halo Health)
- Consider the Benefits of ServiceNow (Optimum Healthcare IT)
- Robotic Process Automation: An Essential Co-worker for the Digital Age (The HCI Group)
- The Rebound: Healthcare IT/EHR Staffing in a Post-Pandemic World (HCTec)
- Return of the RACs – What You Need to Know About Recovery Audit Contractors (Vyne Medical)
- Six Steps Towards Meaningful, Ongoing Healthcare Performance Improvement (Health Catalyst)
- 15 Tips for RCM Leaders Implementing a New Patient Accounting System (Healthcare IT Leaders)
- Nurses Week Blog Series: A conversation with Donna Houlne, RN, BSN, MHA, MHRM (Infor)
- The Eyes of a Cicada: Healthcare Analytics Architectures of the Future (InterSystems)
- Making the medical problem list problem-oriented (Intelligent Medical Objects)
- Warning Letters Are in the Mail After CMS Price Transparency Audits (Medhost)
- Creating a Financial Forecast for Your Practice 101 (MWTherapy)