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Baxter International will acquire Hillrom for $10.5 billion in cash plus assumption of debt that values the transaction at $12.4 billion.

The announcement emphasizes Hillrom’s recent refocus from manufacturing hospital beds to remote patient monitoring and connected care solutions.

Hillrom previously acquired cardiac monitoring company Bardy Diagnostics for $375 million, patient monitoring vendor EarlySense for $30 million, and clinical communications vendor Voalte for $180 million.

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I was saddened to learn from Bill Bogutski that Vince Ciotti has died. Vince retired in 2019 after a 50-year health IT career, much of it spent working with Bill and other principals of the HIS Professionals consulting firm. The photo of Vince above is from a reunion of former employees of Shared Medical Systems in 2019. Vince spent considerable time over several years, starting in 2011, documenting health IT’s first decades for HIStalk readers in his engrossing HIS-tory series. I interviewed him two years ago and it’s still an entertaining read that will give you a feel for Vince’s filter-less, cynical humor. I asked him then what he wanted his epitaph to say:

If I could be remembered for anything, it would probably be my HIS-tory files, which I thank you for posting over such a long time, two and a half years. I hope some of the future CIOs read them and learn from them. I hope that’s what they remember me by, the guy that warned them about not repeating these mistakes of the past.


September 16 (Thursday) 1 ET. “Patient Acquisition and Retention: The Future of Omnichannel Virtual Assistants.” Sponsor: Orbita. Presenters: Harris Hunt, SVP growth product, Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Patty Riskind, MBA, CEO, Orbita; Nathan Treloar, MSc, co-founder and COO, Orbita. Consumers want the same digital healthcare experience from healthcare that they get in online shopping, banking, and booking reservations, and the pandemic has ramped up the patient and provider need for frictionless access to healthcare resources and services. Health systems can improve patient acquisition and retention with the help of omnichannel virtual assistants that engage and delight. Discover how to open and enhance healthcare’s digital front door to offer care that goes beyond expectations.

September 16 (Thursday) 1 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2022 Updates and Regulatory Readiness.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, VP global clinical services, IMO; Theresa Rihanek, MHA, RHIA, mapping manager, IMO; Julie Glasgow, MD, clinical terminologist, IMO. IMO’s top coding professionals and thought leaders will discuss the coding changes in the yearly update to allow your organization to prepare for a smooth transition and avoid negative impacts to the bottom line. The presenters will review new, revised, and deleted codes; highlight revisions to ICD-10-CM index and tabular; discuss changes within Official Coding Guidelines, and review modifier changes.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.

Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Healthcare Triangle files for an IPO that will raise up to $50 million.

Provation acquires Pentax Medical’s EndoPro endoscopy software. 

Accenture acquires Canada-based healthcare technology consulting firm Gevity. 


  • Coalition of Asian-American IPA chooses CarePort Connect for care coordination.



SOC Telemed promotes Chris Gallagher, MD to CEO. He replaces John Kalix, who resigned his CEO and board positions.


Transcarent hires Snezana Mahon, PharmD (Evernorth) as COO.


Stephanie Solich (Zipari) joins VisiQuate as VP of client development.

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Patient payment and engagement platform vendor Millennia names Dave Dyell as chief strategy officer and Doug Sundlof (Cloudmed) as SVP of sales.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions promotes Jeff Diamond, JD to president and GM of its healthcare business.

Announcements and Implementations

UC San Diego Health launches the Center for Health Innovation to develop, test, and commercialize technologies.


A University of California San Diego Health review of employee health records finds that COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic infection dropped from 90% in June to 66% in July, which the authors attribute to emergence of the delta variant, waning immunity suggesting the need for booster doses, and the ending of masking mandates. Adding to the argument for booster doses is that those healthcare workers who were vaccinated earlier were infected at a higher rate.

A New York attorney is suing hospitals that refuse to administer ivermectin to ventilated COVID-19 patients whose families insist.

Sponsor Updates

  • Glytec will host “Time to Target: Uniting Around Patient Safety,” its inaugural conference on glycemic innovation and collaboration October 26-27.
  • Everbridge wins two Silver 2021 Stevie Awards in the categories of customer service department of the year and customer service team of the year.
  • The HCI Group releases a new DGTL Voices with Ed Marx podcast, “Soul-Stirring Kilimanjaro Clinic.”
  • Healthcare IT Leaders publishes a new guide, “15 Tips for Patient Accounting System Project Success.”
  • Ideawake releases a new video, “3 Health Systems Transforming Patient Care via Bottom-Up Innovation Programs.”
  • Imprivata makes its digital identity solutions One Sign and Confirm ID available on Microsoft Azure.
  • Infor publishes a new case study, “Bozeman Health raises quality of care and reduces waste with Infor.”
  • InterSystems releases a new podcast, “How Can Healthy Data Save Healthcare?”
  • Medicomp Systems releases a new Tell Me Where It Hurts Podcast featuring CPSI CMO William Hayes, MD.
  • NextGate names Minakshi Tikoo, PhD (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) director of product management.

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  1. Vince RIP. I owe him for much of my success. I was given an interim CIO role in the early 2000’s. Our health system brought in the Hunter Group to slash and burn. Vince was assigned IT. He taught me. I listened and learned. He mentored me in the ways of tech finance which served me well throughout my career. He was smart, funny and cynical. He was a good person. Thank you Vince for all your significant contributions to our industry. Your influence will live on through generations.

  2. I did not know Vince Ciotti but thoroughly enjoyed his HIS-tory series. This should be required reading for anyone in this field. RIP Vince!

  3. Vince was a good person, I had the pleasure of working with him at SMS and subsequently with his firm. He was a mentor to many, a friend to the end, and knew his stuff. Rest in peace Vince. You will be missed.

  4. I am floored. I just exchanged emails with Vince last week. We worked together on many projects as wells the webinars on HISTalk. He was one of a kind and ate and slept Health IT. Yes, cynically and funny at the same time. We agreed and differed on many things but had fun debating them,. RIP Vince and if the man up there needs a new software system… I am you will show him the way!

  5. I am sad to hear of the passing of Vince Ciotti.

    I didn’t know him, but I enjoyed his “voice” here on HISTalk. He documented the healthcare industry and the often startling changes that took place over 40 years. That was a fine service to us all.

    Vince Ciotti will live on in my memory, for sure.

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