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Bon Secours Mercy Health launches Accrete Health Partners, a digital holding company that will manage its digital health services, investments, and partnerships.

It will be headed up by Chief Digital Officer Jason Szczuka, JD.

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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Health Catalyst acquires Armus, which provides clinical registry development and data services.


This is an insightful comment from digital health advisor Marc Sluijs.


  • Mount Sinai Medical Center chooses ActX Genomic Decision Support, integrated with Epic.
  • American College of Cardiology chooses the care management platform of Biofourmis as the exclusive virtual platform for its TRANSFORM(3) study.



Kermit Randa (Syntellis Performance Solutions) joins recruiting software vendor Symphony Talent as CEO.


Ryan McDaniel (Huron Consulting Group) joins Impact Advisors as VP / ERP service line leader.

Announcements and Implementations


Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health announce plans to merge, creating a system that will have 67 hospitals, 150,000 employees, and $27 billion in annual revenue with locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. The combined organization will be called Advocate Health, with headquarters in Charlotte, NC and with an academic component in Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Both organizations use Epic. The announcement cited several technology issues as contributing to the decision to merge – healthcare becoming more digital, population health management, and analytics. The health systems pledge to create 20,000 new jobs while making healthcare more affordable.

Microsoft-owned Nuance and The Health Management Academy form The AI Collaborative, which brings together executives of hospitals that are using AI technologies. The big draw for participants is that they get a trip to Microsoft’s headquarters – which always arouses both technical and business geeks – and attend annual summits.


A new KLAS report on go-live support finds that CSI Healthcare IT is busiest, and along with Experis Health, is best at vetting resources.

Government and Politics

Cerner will issue the VA an unspecified credit for failing to meet the minimum system uptime requirements specified in the $10 billion contract.

Two owners of a “purported” telemedicine company plead guilty to participating in an elaborate scheme of bribes, kickbacks, and fraudulent prescriptions for drugs and medical equipment that netted them $32 million and cost insurers $64 million.


The BMJ reports that drug companies and universities that were found in NHS Digital audits to have breached patient data-sharing agreements – repeatedly, in some cases — have not had their access to that data revoked. The article notes that clinical commissioners authorized the release of patient data to Virgin Care without patient permission and the company then refused to allow NHS Digital to audit their compliance while also refusing to delete the information.

US hospitals are rationing the use of contrast media after a GE Healthcare facility in Shanghai, China temporarily closes due to COVID-19 lockdowns. Experts say not only does most of our contrast supply comes from a single country, hospitals sign preferred vendor contracts that give them no alternative source.

A NordPass review of user passwords finds, not surprisingly, that number-formed combinations starting with “12345” represent seven of the top 10 most common. but a common one I hadn’t thought of us “1Q2W3E,” which alternates top and bottom row keys at the left of the keyboard. A similarly digitally lazy choice at #33 is “ZXCVBNM,” which is the first six bottom-row keys left to right. Several of the commonly used passwords include f-bomb variants, which would make an interesting analysis to see if unrestrained anger toward passwords is linked to even more bitter interaction with online humans.

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  • GHX makes Exchange Advantage, a unified platform that automates end-to-end digital transactions, available to all suppliers in North America.
  • Interbit Data publishes a new white paper, “The value of 24/7 access to critical patient data – a nurse’s perspective.”
  • InterSystems will relocate its Boston headquarters, taking up the top 14 floors of a new building at One Congress.
  • Diameter Health publishes a new brief, “Why Upcycling Data Matters.”

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Currently there are "4 comments" on this Article:

  1. I’ve yet to see or hear of a hospital system merger that led to healthcare becoming more affordable. So with the plans to hire 20,000 more people as part of the Advocate-Atrium deal, how will they do this when all others have failed?

  2. Tegria ranked #2 in the KLAS Go Live report and was the top Consulting firm in the report. This was missed in Mr. H’s very brief summary of the report.

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