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AmplifyMD, which connects hospitals to specialists via telemedicine, raises $23 million in a Series A funding round. The San Francisco-based startup’s software also incorporates care management, billing, and analytics.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock


RCM software vendor NThrive will change its name to FinThrive. The company acquired TransUnion Healthcare late last year for $1.7 billion, and is in the process of purchasing Pelitas, which specializes in patient access, intake, and RCM software.

Change Healthcare will reportedly sell its ClaimsXten claims payment and editing software business to Availity as potential acquirer UnitedHealth tries to work through DoJ antitrust concerns. Legal experts suggest the sale of ClaimsXten may weaken the DoJ’s lawsuit against the proposed sale of Change to UnitedHealth. The companies have until April 5 to walk away from the $8 billion deal.

Novant Health (NC) launches Novant Health Enterprises, an independent business focused on developing, acquiring, and scaling clinical, financial, and patient-oriented solutions.

Cardiologist John Spertus, MD files a copyright infringement lawsuit against Epic claiming that it has made some of his diagnostic questionnaires available in its EHR. Spertus is the director of health outcomes research at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, MO.


  • In Ireland, Mater Private Network will implement Meditech Expanse across its hospitals and clinics.
  • Digital home care company Vesta Healthcare selects Bluestream Health’s virtual care platform-as-a-service.



David Garets, whose long health IT career included leadership roles with Gartner and HIMSS Analytics, died Monday at 73.


Inderpal Kohli (Hospital for Special Surgery) joins Englewood Health (NJ) as VP of IT and CIO.



A local website’s profile of Epic Systems hints at a forthcoming app that will enable physicians to research best patient care practices using real-world evidence culled from the company’s Cosmos dataset, and outlines the company’s plans to continue expanding its 1,100 acre campus in Verona, WI. It opened its new 350-office Mystery building last week, and will open a similar building, dubbed Castaway, later this year. Three more additions will open within the next five years.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Clickbusters program has helped reduce alert fatigue through a six-month review process that has modified 42 clinical decision support alerts and turned off 10. Eighty-four alerts were reviewed by physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, ultimately resulting in 71,227 fewer interruptive alerts being sent per week, and a 15% reduction in total interruptive alerts.

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  • The Ascom marketing team has worked with Habitat for Humanity to paint two houses in Cary, NC.
  • Healthcare IT Leaders publishes a new managed services case study featuring Northeast Georgia Health System.
  • AdvancedMD awards Client Support Specialist Hannah Dixon an FIT Award.
  • Arcadia publishes a new case study, “How Summit Health’s transitional care management creates value for patients and practices across multiple payment models.”
  • Baker Tilly will present at the Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Administration Convention March 29-April 1.
  • Bamboo Health will present at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit April 19 in Atlanta.
  • Dina will present at the TAG Digital Health Summit March 30 in Atlanta.

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  1. Re: Cardiologist lawsuit. Easy to do, given Epic requires all customer made content be made available to their own community via download. They don’t upload anything marked as copyright protected and this would have been the job of the Epic ambulatory team at St Luke’s. That is, of course, if they know about it.

    If St Luke’s didn’t mark it that way, it gets sucked up. Hard to prove Epic intended or even knew the material was protected if it wasn’t marked that way in the system beforehand).

    • Can you elaborate on this statement – “given Epic requires all customer made content be made available to their own community via download”? I know customers can choose to upload content to the UserWeb for other customers to use, but was not aware mandated or required it?

      • I’ve been an Epic analyst for 10 plus years and they sweep up all customer made content for sharing internally amongst their customers. This is not new. If a provider didn’t want their material swept up, it is up to them to notify the Epic team to mark it accordingly. One way to accomplish this notification is to request a copyright notice in the tool being built.

      • It isn’t mandatory, but Epic has financial incentives via service credits when customers participate in sharing content, attending conferences and exchanging with each other, etc.

  2. “Epic….hints at a forthcoming app that will enable physicians to research best patient care practices using real-world evidence culled from the company’s Cosmos dataset”

    Epic [expected to] doing something cool with data/AI/ML/NLP/Voice Recognition seems to be their version of “Infrastructure Week”.

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