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Mobile patient intake form platform vendor Florence acquires Zipnosis, which sells a white label asynchronous telehealth solution that is based on questionnaires.

Florence launched in March 2023 with $20 million in seed funding.

Failing insurer Bright Health acquired Zipnosis in April 2021.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Shares of Healthcare Triangle, Inc. drop sharply on the news that it will conduct a 1-for-10 reverse stock split to meet Nasdaq’s share price requirements. HCTI shares are down 50% in the past 12 months to $0.26, valuing the company at $11 million. Shares have lost 93% of their value since the company’s IPO in October 2021.

Vodafone creates Vodafone in Health to accelerate the use of healthcare technology in the UK.


  • Health information sharing non-profit Contexture will implement Verato’s healthcare master data management solution for patient matching.



Nicole Kerkenbush, RN, MN, MHA (Monument Health) joins CHIME as VP of education.


Carteret Health (NC) promotes VP of general services / CIO Kyle Marek, MS to president and CEO.

Announcements and Implementations

Conduent releases a provider data management solution to help insurers keep their physician directories current.

Synapse Medicine and CompuGroup Medical will partner to offer clinicians prescription support.

In Canada, Meditech will support electronic prescribing for Expanse EHR users by connecting to the PrescribeIT national prescribing service.


UK-based Acurable earns US FDA clearance for its self-applied wearable that diagnoses sleep apnea without a polysomnography study.

Government and Politics

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) demands that the VA avoid reducing headcount or services at its Spokane and Walla Walla facilities to offset a $35 million shortfall caused by its Oracle Cerner implementation. She says the VA should redirect the money that it would have spent to implement the system in other facilities since those go-lives are on hold, and instead move those funds to those hospitals that are already live.


Husband and wife doctors who are charged with sharing the medical records of US military officials with Russia to support its invasion of Ukraine were recorded by FBI agents who were posing as Russian operatives. Johns Hopkins anesthesiologist Anna Gabrielian, MD is accused of sharing her laptop screen containing patient records with the undercover agent. Her spouse, Army Major Jamie Lee Henry, MD – who was one of the first active duty US military officers to come out as transgender in 2015 – reportedly described themselves as a “coward” over potential HIPAA violations, struggled with technology problems in trying to share their screen with the undercover agent, and ending up giving the agent a paper notebook of records. The doctors, who are charged with conspiracy and HIPAA violations, argue that they were entrapped.

The American Hospital Association asks HHS OCR to stop considering the IP addresses of hospital website visitors as protected health information under HIPAA. AHA says pending lawsuits over pixel tracking have pushed website technology providers such as Google to stop supporting hospital websites, making regulation unnecessary, but if HHS OCR disagrees, then IP addresses should only be considered PHI if they are used from within patient portals.

Privacy and Security

Medical practice services vendor Practicefirst will pay $550,000 to the state of New York for failing to protect patient records that were exposed in a 2020 cyberattack. The breach, which involved the records of 1.2 million people of which 428,000 were New Yorkers, happened after the company failed to apply firewall software updates.

Sponsor Updates


  • IntegrityCheck, the house band of InterSystems, wins $100,000 for the ALS Foundation in a Boston battle of the bands for charity.
  • Healthcare Growth Partners advised Intelligent Medical Objects in its acquisition of Melax Technologies.
  • InterSystems launches HealthShare Health Connect Cloud in AWS Marketplace.
  • Healthcare Triangle sponsors CalvertHealth’s annual golf tournament in Lothian, MD.
  • Indiana Health Centers reduces onboarding errors by using the EClinicalWorks Business Optimizer.
  • Tegria CMO Ray Gensinger, MD joins Symplr’s effort to “Advance Healthcare Operations.”
  • Nordic releases a new episode of its In Network podcast, “Designing for Health: Dr. John Whalen.”
  • Netsmart earns top user satisfaction rankings among home health technology vendors, according to a Black Book survey of 2,285 end-users.
  • Dimensional Insight publishes a new case study featuring Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
  • In Europe, elder care organization Korian Benelux selects AI-powered enterprise solutions from Juniper Networks, including wireless and wired access, to optimize network performance and reliability.
  • Konza National Network congratulates over 200 Konza-powered members that have been awarded accreditation through the NCQA Data Aggregator Validation program.
  • The Patient Journey Pioneers Podcast features Kyruus CEO Graham Gardner, “Find a Physician & Beyond: Guiding the Digital Patient Journey.”

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Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. I look forward to receiving a HISTalk in my inbox that doesn’t have any headline of Oracle Cerner and the VA. We all need a break. Please pause on it for at least a year. It is exhausting.

    • The VA project involves dozens of billions of taxpayer dollars, a big industry vendor, and a lot of people who are involved in the implementation who wouldn’t categorize themselves among the “we all” who would rather not know about newsworthy events. I’m sure the VA wishes their early-stage implementation earned as little press as the DoD’s nearly completed one, and we’ll know their project has turned around if that ever happens.

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  1. Yet you miss the critical end of that sentence ---- "..yet they have ALL the LEVERAGE IF there were any…

  2. The VA project involves dozens of billions of taxpayer dollars, a big industry vendor, and a lot of people who…

  3. KLAS expressed the hospital count by rounded percentage, as follows including those I didn't mention originally: Epic 35.9 Oracle Cerner…

  4. There are other vendors out there with even fewer hospitals, I think athenahealth has some. And then there are still…

  5. I want to start off by saying excellent content and to continue with that theme I feel organizations should implement…


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