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Morning Headlines 11/28/19

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Ransomware detected in Great Plains Health computer network

Great Plains Health (NE) cancels some services and reschedules others in the wake of a ransomware attack discovered Monday night.

Sands agrees to meet with Allscripts chief

Allscripts CEO Paul Black will meet with Bahamian Health Minister Duane Sands, MD to discuss the government’s unfulfilled $18 million contract with the software company.

OCR Secures $2.175 Million HIPAA Settlement after Hospitals Failed to Properly Notify HHS of a Breach of Unsecured Protected Health Information

Sentara Hospitals (VA) will pay OCR $2 million to settle potential HIPAA breach notification violations related to its failure to notify all patients impacted by a billing-related breach in 2017.

Morning Headlines 11/27/19

November 26, 2019 Headlines No Comments

MUSC says one of its spinoff companies has saved it millions in pharmacy costs

Medical University of South Carolina says drug purchasing software that was developed by one of its IT network engineers is saving it millions by looking for the best price in the supply chain at any given moment.

Amazon launches medication management features for Alexa

Amazon works with Omnicell to give Alexa users in Ohio the ability to set up medication reminders and request prescription refills from Giant Eagle Pharmacy.

Deep 6 AI Raises $17M Series A Led by Point72 Ventures to Accelerate Clinical Trial Recruitment

Patient-matching clinical trial software vendor Deep 6 AI raises $17 million.

GE Healthcare Expands Intelligent Health Ecosystem with Launch of Edison Developer Program to Ease AI Adoption for Providers

GE Healthcare launches the Edison Developer Program to give developers access to algorithms and applications based on its Edison intelligence platform.

Activist Starboard Value reportedly takes stake in CVS Health

Activist investor Starboard Value takes an undisclosed stake in CVS Health and enters into talks with its management.

Morning Headlines 11/26/19

November 25, 2019 Headlines No Comments

U.S. charges former Outcome Health executives in $1 billion fraud

Prosecutors charge former Outcome Health CEO Rishi Shah and former president Sharha Agarwal with fraud in a 26 count-indictment related to a six-year scheme during which they billed clients for ads that never ran and inflated revenue.

MD Revolution, Inc. announces strategic acquisition of Falcon Care, LLC to expand Care Management services and appoints Kyle Williams CEO

Medicare care management and patient engagement company MD Revolution acquires competitor Falcon Care.

Former Kaiser Permanente CTO Mike Sutten Joins Innovaccer as Chief Digital Officer

Former Kaiser Permanente CTO and SVP Mike Sutten joins Innovaccer as chief digital officer.

WELL Health to Acquire Trinity Healthcare Technologies, Canada’s Second Largest OSCAR Provider

Canadian primary care and software company Well Health Technologies acquires open source EHR vendor Trinity Healthcare Technologies for $5.4 million.

Morning Headlines 11/25/19

November 24, 2019 Headlines No Comments

110 Nursing Homes Cut Off from Health Records in Ransomware Attack

Nursing home IT vendor Virtual Care Provider is hit by ransomware, taking down electronic patient records, Internet service, email, billing, and phone systems across 80,000 PCs and servers running hundreds of nursing homes in 45 states.

Google-linked fund seeds Berkeley medical AI startup

Google’s venture fund invests $4 million in radiology workflow optimization software company Rad AI.

Hospital Computer Firm Insists – We Did Our Job

Allscripts defends its work on an $18 million software implementation in the Bahamas that has resulted in no applications live after three years and $8 million in payments.

USDA Invests in the Expansion of Rural Education and Health Care Access

The USDA announces $42.5 million in grants for 133 distance learning and telemedicine projects in 37 states and two territories.

Morning Headlines 11/22/19

November 21, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Modernize public health surveillance to ease doctors’ reporting burden

The American Medical Association adopts a policy that calls for increased state and local funding to modernize public health IT systems.

VA insists it’s ready for initial EHR deployment at first go-live site in March

The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA is hiring 108 more employees to cover anticipated productivity losses during its Cerner go-live on March 28.

Tools to help healthcare providers deliver better care

Google Health lead David Feinberg, MD attempts to clarify the company’s HIPAA-compliant work with Ascension, pointing out that the health system is piloting an interface concept he first mentioned at the HLTH Conference last month.

Morning Headlines 11/21/19

November 20, 2019 Headlines No Comments

XSOLIS Announces Acquisition of MEDarchon

Nashville-based predictive analytics company Xsolis acquires Medarchon, a messaging and analytics business also based in Nashville, for an undisclosed sum.

Kaiser Permanente’s new medical school to be named after late CEO Bernard Tyson

Kaiser Permanente will name its new medical school, scheduled to open next summer, after late CEO Bernard Tyson.

Mount Sinai Announces Expanded Capability in Medical Research

Mount Sinai Health System (NY) will use a $2 million grant from HHS to double the computing capabilities and speed of its BODE supercomputer, giving researchers enhanced infrastructure for faster results.

Morning Headlines 11/20/19

November 19, 2019 Headlines 1 Comment

AMA adopts new policies during first day of voting at Interim Meeting

The American Medical Association adopts a policy that calls for EHRs to be able to collect the preferred name and clinically relevant, sex-specific anatomy of transgender patients.

Kareo Sells Managed Billing Services Business

Health Prime International acquires EHR and practice management vendor Kareo’s RCM services business.

Senator: ‘No Apologies’ For Deal’s Wasted $7m

Government officials in the Bahamas scramble to undo the damage done by an $18 million contract signed with Allscripts in 2016 that has yet to result in any software installations.

Governor Cooper Announces 400 New Jobs in Chapel Hill for Healthcare Technology Operations Center

A week after announcing a $25 million funding round, employee healthcare engagement company Well announces it will bring 400 jobs to a new operations center in Chapel Hill, NC.

Morning Headlines 11/19/19

November 18, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Feds charge 3 former Outcome Health staffers

The US Attorney’s office in Chicago charges three former Outcome Health employees with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, all of which are related to a scheme to defraud customers and investors first uncovered in 2017.

Configo Health Launches with Investment from Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s National Hospital

Pediatric data and analytics company Configo Health launches with an investment from Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC.

Deloitte Launches ConvergeHEALTH Connect at Dreamforce 2019

Deloitte announces ConvergeHealth, a set of Salesforce-powered engagement products tailored to patients, providers, public health officials, and payers.

CascadeMD Announces Next Generation of Medical AI-Driven Speech-to-Text Solution

Plantation, FL-based CascadeMD debuts with AI-powered, voice-dictation software that populates a patient’s EHR.

Morning Headlines 11/18/19

November 17, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Trump Administration Announces Historic Price Transparency Requirements to Increase Competition and Lower Healthcare Costs for All Americans

HHS expands its previous plan to require hospitals to publicly post all of their payer-negotiated charges by also requiring insurers to do the same.

Relatient Secures Growth Capital with New Majority Investor Brighton Park Capital

Brighton Park Capital acquires a majority stake in patient engagement platform vendor Relatient and appoints former Siemens USA President Eric Spiegel as the company’s board chair.

Amazon adds new ‘Amazon Pharmacy’ branding to PillPack and promotes its CEO

PillPack CEO TJ Parker becomes an Amazon VP as the company rebrands the online pharmacy it acquired in June 2018.

Former Employee Of Hospital Charged With Compromising Dozens Of Coworkers’ Email Accounts And Stealing Their Confidential Information

The FBI arrests a former IT employee of an unnamed New York City hospital, charging him with installing a keylogger program on dozens of employee PCs to capture their email login credentials so he could steal their photos and tax records.

Morning Headlines 11/15/19

November 14, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Tyto Care Launches TytoHome Nationwide at Best Buy Stores

Best Buy ups its digital health offerings with the addition of TytoCare’s at-home telemedicine exam device and companion app.

AWS Announces AWS Data Exchange

Amazon Web Services launches AWS Data Exchange, giving users the ability to find, subscribe to, and use third-party data in the cloud.

Ontario Expanding Digital and Virtual Health Care

Ontario health officials announce a Digital First for Health strategy that will give patients the ability to book appointments online, access their medical records, and take advantage of more telemedicine services within the next three to four years.

ECRI Institute and Institute for Safe Medication Practices Join Forces to Enhance Patient Safety

Patient safety groups ECRI Institute and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices will merge, with ISMP becoming an ECRI Institute subsidiary.

Yale study links electronic health record systems to physician burnout, medical errors

The American Medical Association co-sponsors a study that finds that perceived EHR usability is poor and contributes to physician burnout.

Morning Headlines 11/14/19

November 13, 2019 Headlines No Comments

HHS to probe whether Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ followed federal privacy law

The HHS Office for Civil Rights will look into the HIPAA compliance of Google’s data-gathering arrangement with Ascension.

Indiana HIEs Unify to Better Meet the Needs of the State’s Healthcare Community

The Michiana Health Information Network, Indiana Health Information Exchange, and HealthLinc will merge operations in January.

Steve Malik sells Cary firm Medfusion to California firm for $43M

NextGen will acquire patient intake, scheduling, and payment software company Medfusion for $43 million.

Morning Headlines 11/13/19

November 12, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Cerner lays off 131, but its hiring tops 4,000 in 2019

Cerner lays off 131 employees in a second round of cost-cutting in nearly as many months.

Apervita Secures $22 Million Investment to Fuel Future Growth

Value-based care clinical quality platform vendor Apervita raises $22 million from an incremental investment.

Premier Inc. Forms Contigo Health™ to Help Health Systems and Employers Work Better, Together

Premier launches Contigo Health, a network of member health systems that will use EHR-integrated, evidence-based clinical decision support to optimize care for the employees of its employer members.

UST Global Acquires Contineo Health, a Leading Healthcare Technology Consulting Firm Specializing in EHR Optimization

IT solutions company UST Global acquires EHR optimization vendor Contineo Health to strengthen its appeal to providers and payers.

Health Catalyst Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

Health Catalyst reports Q3 results: revenue up 20%, with full-year revenue expected to be between $151 million and $154 million.

Morning Headlines 11/12/19

November 11, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Our partnership with Ascension

Google clarifies its HIPAA-compliant work with multi-state Ascension after multiple media outlets report that its employees have questionable access to millions of medical records through a secret data-sharing project dubbed “Project Nightingale.”

KKR Makes Formal Approach to Walgreens Boots on Record Buyout

Walgreens shares rise on the news that New York City-based private equity firm KKR has submitted a proposal to take the company private.

Healthcare Leader Jon Zimmerman Named CEO at Holon Solutions

Former Virence Health President Jon Zimmerman joins Holon Solutions as CEO.

Access Physicians Receives Investment to Expand National Acute Care Delivery via Telemedicine

Acute care-focused telemedicine vendor Access Physicians raises $9.3 million in a Series A funding round.

Morning Headlines 11/11/19

November 10, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson dies at 60

Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson died unexpectedly Sunday of unspecified causes. He was 60 years old.

Intelerad, Novacap-backed medical imaging software maker, heads to first rounds

Canada-based Intelerad Medical Systems is reportedly seeking a buyer.

U of Chicago wants hospital dismissed from class action accusing it of sharing patient data with Google

University of Chicago wants its medical center dismissed from a class action lawsuit that accuses it of sharing patient information with Google in an agreement that the plaintiff says violates his HIPAA rights.

Sony Scrubs In to Help Operating Room Devices Talk to Each Other

Sony expects to earn FDA clearance next month for Nucleus, an OR integration tool it acquired in 2016 that is sold outside the US.

Morning Headlines 11/8/19

November 7, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Most patients with access to electronic medical records not using it

Just one in 10 discharged patients go online to access their medical information, according to a study that looked at data from 2,410 hospitals over a two-year period.

American Well® Acquires Aligned Telehealth to Expand Behavioral Health Virtual Care

American Well acquires behavioral telehealth and telepsychiatry service provider Aligned Telehealth.

Elizabeth Holmes dodges questions about unpaid legal bills as charges fly over case documents

Lawyers for Elizabeth Holmes contend in a hearing that the FDA destroyed emails that are vital to her defense.

Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services integrates Great Lakes Health Connect

Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services and Great Lakes Health Connect will combine their HIE operations by the end of the year.

Morning Headlines 11/7/19

November 6, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Compugroup shortlisted in Agfa Gevaert unit sale: sources

Reuters reports that Compugroup Medical is one of two top bidders for Agfa’s health IT business.

Health Records on iPhone now available to veterans across the US

Nearly a year after announcing the project, the VA gives veterans access to their medical records via Apple’s Health Records app.

HCAP Partners Announces New Investment in TCS Healthcare Technologies

Private equity firm HCAP Partners makes an undisclosed investment in managed care software vendor TCS Healthcare Technologies.

Morning Headlines 11/6/19

November 5, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Medical E-Records Provider Scores $19.5M IP Verdict in Miami

A federal jury orders behavioral EHR vendor ZenCharts to pay rehab EHR provider Kipu Systems $19.5 million in damages for stealing its trade secrets.

800 jobs may be headed back to Wake Forest Baptist. Hospital to bring billing services in house, rehire employees

NThrive will eliminate 839 jobs in central North Carolina following Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s decision to bring registration and billing back in house after signing a seven-year outsourcing deal with the vendor in 2017.

Failure to Encrypt Mobile Devices Leads to $3 Million HIPAA Settlement

University of Rochester Medical Center (NY) will pay $3 million to settle OCR charges resulting from the 2013 loss of an unencrypted flash drive and the 2017 theft of an unencrypted laptop.

Healthify Raises $16 Million to Integrate Health and Social Services

Social services coordination software vendor Healthify raises $16 million in a Series B round led by SV Health Investors.

Walgreens explores going private in what could be largest LBO in history

Walgreens is reportedly talking to some of the world’s largest private equity firms about taking the company private in a leveraged buyout.

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