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Datavant and Ciox Health Announce Merger, Creating the Largest Neutral and Secure Health Data Ecosystem

Ciox Health announces its intent to merge with Datavant in a deal valued at $7 billion.

Monogram Health Closes $160M Series B Funding to Fuel Acceleration of Next Generation Kidney Care Model

Kidney care company Monogram Health raises $160 million in a Series B funding round led by TPG Capital.

Nuvolo Secures Additional Funding for Series C From Mayo Clinic

Workplace management software vendor Nuvolo wraps up a $32 million Series C funding round with an additional investment from Mayo Clinic.

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LetsGetChecked Announces $150 Million Series D Fundraise to Grow Comprehensive Virtual Care Capabilities

At-home testing company LetsGetChecked raises $150 million in a Series D funding round, increasing its total to $260 million.

VA to Wrap Health Records Review ‘In a Few Weeks,’ Secretary Says

VA Secretary Denis McDonough says governance, transparency, and management issues will be top priorities for the department as the review of its Cerner roll out concludes.

New Mountain’s Ciox Nears Merger With Datavant

Bloomberg reports that health information management vendor Ciox is preparing to merge with Datavant, which uses AI to help its healthcare customers secure, match, and share health data.

Definitive Healthcare Announces Confidential Submission of Draft Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

Healthcare market intelligence vendor Definitive Healthcare, which acquired HIMSS Analytics in 2019, prepares to go public.

HHS to issue timeline for health care data sharing guidance in coming months

HHS will soon share the timeline for the release of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).

Morning Headlines 6/8/21

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One Medical Announces Agreement to Acquire Iora Health

Membership-based primary care company One Medical will acquire Iora Health, which offers similar services for seniors, for $2.1 billion.

Clinical AI Technology Leader Mendel Raises $18M in New Capital

Mendel will use an $18 million Series A funding round to further scale technology that uses AI to make sense of unstructured health data from health records and medical literature.

Craneware to Raise GBP140 Mln to Help Fund Sentry Acquisition

RCM vendor Craneware will acquire Sentry Data Systems, a hospital pharmacy procurement, revenue cycle, and compliance solutions business, for $400 million.

Morning Headlines 6/7/21

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SAIC to Acquire Federal Health IT Company Halfaker and Associates

SAIC will acquire government health IT contractor Halfaker and Associates for $250 million in cash.

UF Health still investigating ‘cybersecurity event’ related to Central Florida servers

UF Health Central Florida’s two hospitals go back to paper following a May 31 ransomware attack.

Carbon Health dives into digital diabetes care with virtual clinic acquisition

San Francisco-based primary and urgent care company Carbon Health marks its first foray into chronic condition management with the acquisition of digital diabetes clinic Steady Health.

Morning Headlines 6/4/21

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Ascension lays off 92 remote IT workers in Indiana

Ascension begins its layoff of 651 remote IT employees with 92 Ascension Technologies workers in Indiana, whose jobs will be moved to an offshore outsourcer.

UPMC Forms Realyze Intelligence to Drive Patient Care with AI

UPMC and its commercialization arm launch Realyze Intelligence, which mines structured and unstructured EHR data to identify patients who could benefit from interventions.

We at MedMatica and Santa Rosa, are incredibly proud to announce that we have joined CareCloud.

CareCloud acquires Santa Rosa Staffing, which was formerly part of Santa Rosa Consulting, from MedMatica Consulting Associates for $10 million in cash.

CentralReach Acquires Behaviorsoft, a Fast-Growing End-To-End EMR Platform Catering to the Needs of Small Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy Providers

Behavioral EHR vendor CentralReach acquires Behaviorsoft, which offers EHR/PM solutions for small applied behavior analysis therapy practices.

The Future of Our Workplace: Flexibility to Manage Work and Life at Cerner

Cerner will offer its employees a hybrid working environment in the fall, with individual teams choosing their own time frames for returning to in-office work.

Morning Headlines 6/3/21

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Ensemble Health Partners Acquires Digital Patient Communications Platform, Odeza, to Transform Patient Experience

RCM vendor Ensemble Health Partners acquires automated patient engagement software company Odeza.

Nation’s leading social care network Aunt Bertha raises $27MM to deepen social impact, expand products

Digital social services referral company Aunt Bertha raises $27 million in a funding round led by Warburg Pincus, bringing its total funding to $49 million.

Privia Health Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

After going public in April, Privia Health reports a slight increase in Q1 revenue to $213.6 million.

Morning Headlines 6/2/21

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CompuGroup Medical acquires VISUS Health IT

CompuGroup Medical acquires Germany-based PACS and healthcare content management vendor Visus Health IT.

147,000+ May Have Had Personal Information Compromised in Cyberattack: Scripps Health

Scripps Health (CA) begins notifying patients that their data may have been compromised in the May 1 ransomware attack that forced its IT systems offline for several weeks.

Healthcare tech firm Clarity Informatics sold to fast-growing firm

Clarity Informatics, whose back office software is used by 80% of GPs in England, is acquired by medical practice software vendor Agilio Software.

GPs warn over plans to share patient data with third parties in England

Doctors in England warn the public about NHS Digital’s plan to extract the medical data of 55 million people in de-identified form to a database that will be made available for third-party research and planning.

Morning Headlines 5/31/21

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Web Doctor Babylon Is Said to Near $3.5 Billion SPAC Deal

Virtual care company Babylon Health is in talks to go public via a merger with special purpose acquisition company Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp.

Health-tech company Doximity files for IPO and says doctors will get up to 15% allocation

Physician networking site Doximity, which introduced a telemedicine service last year, files IPO paperwork that includes allocating up to 15% of its shares to physician members.

Epic Systems requiring workers to return to office July 19, resuming in-person customer meeting

Epic employees will return to its Wisconsin headquarters in a part-time capacity beginning July 19, while fully vaccinated customers will be invited to its on-campus users conference in late August.

Morning Headlines 5/28/21

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Change Healthcare Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

Change Healthcare reports Q4 results as it prepares to be acquired by OptumInsight: revenue flat, adjusted EPS $0.42 versus $0.42.

HSE staff asked to turn on computers but it will ‘take weeks to get back online’

Ireland’s health service asks employees to turn on their 80,000 computers to automatically install a ransomware decryption key that a cyberattacker reportedly provided at no cost, but says it will still take weeks to return systems to normal.

Digital Health Company Pack4U Secures $20 Million in Private Equity Funding to Optimize Prescribed Medication

Prescription delivery and remote patient monitoring company Pack4U raises $20 million in a private equity financing round.

Morning Headlines 5/27/21

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Google cuts a deal to help develop health algorithms using patient data

Google will build custom algorithms for national hospital chain HCA Healthcare using data culled from 32 million annual patient interactions.

IG Says VA Underestimated Health Records Project Costs by Up to $2.6B

A new analysis finds that the VA will likely end up paying between $1 billion and $2.6 billion more than the original $16 billion estimated for its EHR project due to unaccounted-for physical infrastructure costs.

Press Ganey Acquires SPH Analytics

Healthcare advisory and analytics firm Press Ganey acquires healthcare measurement and analytics company SPH Analytics.

Twilio invests in adaptive communications platform Hyro

Automated healthcare communications startup Hyro raises $10.5 million in a Series A funding round.

CoverMyMeds brand grows as owner McKesson unites four health IT units

The local business paper reports that McKesson has brought its four prescription technology businesses into one operating unit under the CoverMyMeds brand.

Morning Headlines 5/26/21

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Iodine Software acquires physician engagement platform Artifact Health

AI-powered revenue cycle company Iodine Software acquires Artifact Health, which offers a physician engagement and patient documentation query technology platform.

Weight-Loss App Noom Gets $540 Million in Silver Lake-Led Round

Weight loss coaching app vendor Noom raises $540 million in new funding, valuing the company at $3.7 billion as it expands into stress management, sleep, diabetes, and hypertension.

Scripps enters fourth week of ransomware attack

Scripps Health CEO Chris Van Gorder says the May 1 attack on the hospital’s computer systems was ransomware, and that its EHR and patient portal systems should be back up by the end of the week.

Bassett Healthcare Network and Optum Launch Strategic Relationship to Advance Quality Care and Improve Experiences for Patients in Central New York

Bassett Healthcare will give 500 employees the opportunity to transition to Optum as the vendor prepares to enhance the health system’s analytics, and IT and RCM systems.

Morning Headlines 5/25/21

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Zocdoc says ‘programming errors’ exposed access to patients’ data

Appointment-booking website Zocdoc fixes a software glitch that improperly allowed current and former employees of doctor and dental offices to access patient data.

Recuro Health Acquires SupDoc: Expands Digital Care Platform, Enhances Virtual Primary Care and Behavioral Health Solutions

Virtual care company Recuro Health acquires chat-based telemedicine startup SupDoc.

Clinigence Holdings Announces the Signing of a Binding Letter Of Intent to Acquire Procare Health

Population health analytics company Clinigence Health acquires ProCare Health, a managed services organization serving four IPAs in California.

CHS Makes Bold Move Acquiring Healthcare Division From Selent and Associates, Inc.

Complete HealthCare Solutions, a health IT developer, reseller, and services company, acquires the healthcare division of Selent and Associates, including Computerized Business Systems and medicalbillingsoftware.com.

Morning Headlines 5/24/21

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Conti Ransomware Attacks Impact Healthcare and First Responder Networks

An FBI advisory says that at least 16 US healthcare and first responder networks were attacked by Conti ransomware in the past year.

Advocate Aurora Health will make remote work permanent for 12,000 employees

Advocate Aurora Health will change 12,000 non-clinical positions to remote-first, eliminating their physical offices in departments such as finance, accounting, administration, and consumer experience in allowing employees to work from wherever they want.

HSE making progress on restoring health systems, but disruption to continue next week

Irish health officials say services will remain disrupted as their cybersecurity teams work to bring IT systems back online after last week’s systemwide Conti ransomware attack.

Morning Headlines 5/21/21

May 20, 2021 Headlines 1 Comment

US Hospital Market Share 2021

A new KLAS report on EHR market share in US hospitals finds that Epic gained the most in 2020, while Cerner saw its second consecutive year of net market decrease.

JPMorgan Chase Launches Morgan Health

JPMorgan launches Morgan Health to improve the care of its US employees, and to develop care models for other employers.

Harris adds patient engagement solutions with the acquisition of ER Express

Harris acquires ER Express, which offers EDs and urgent care facilities software for online check-in, patient intake, and online referral.

Tegria Acquires Colburn Hill Group to Ease Revenue Cycle Management Challenges for Healthcare Providers

Providence-founded Tegria acquires RCM robotic process automation vendor Colburn Hill Group.

Scripps website back up, patient portal still down

Scripps Health (CA) announces its website is back up but its patient portal is still down nearly three weeks after a ransomware attack.

Morning Headlines 5/20/21

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Wheel Raises $50 Million Series B to Build the Next Generation of Virtual Care

White-label telemedicine and staffing startup Wheel raises $50 million in a Series B round that brings its total funding to $66 million.

Glen Tullman raises $150 million health-tech fund

Former Livongo and Allscripts executives Glen Tullman and Lee Shapiro will use $150 million in venture funding to invest in early-stage healthcare startups focused on connected consumers.

DarioHealth Acquires Digital Behavioral Health Platform WayForward

Chronic condition-focused remote patient monitoring company DarioHealth acquires WayForward for $25 million.

Morning Headlines 5/19/21

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Baltimore-based digital health company to expand after securing more than $6 million in venture capital

Medication compliance and remote monitoring app developer Emocha raises $6.2 million in a funding round led by Claritas Health Ventures.

Taking a stand on vaccines at HLTH 2021

Alongside HIMSS, HLTH announces that attendees will need to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend their respective events in 2021.

Scripps Health ransomware shutdown hits the two-week mark

Scripps Health in California remains offline more than two weeks after it was hit by a ransomware attack.

SymphonyRM Raises $25 Million In Series B Funding to Help Health Systems Transform Their Data Into Actionable Plans For Every Healthcare Consumer

SymphonyRM raises $25 million in a Series B funding round led by TT Capital Partners, bringing its total raised to $35 million.

Morning Headlines 5/18/21

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St. Pete telehealth company Synzi acquired for $42 million

Healthcare staffing, resource, and telemedicine company AMN Healthcare acquires Synzi, a virtual care management vendor for home health and outpatient providers, for $42.5 million.

Amazon may launch healthcare business line with at-home COVID test and other diagnostic services

Sources say Amazon may launch a home diagnostics business and a third-party marketplace for related services.

Clearlake Capital-Backed Symplr To Acquire HealthcareSource From Francisco Partners

Provider management and credentialing software vendor Symplr acquires HealthcareSource, which specializes in healthcare employee recruitment, retention, and development, for an undisclosed amount.

Mental Health Startup Lyra Health Valued at $4.6 Billion in Coatue-Led Round

Employer-focused mental health tech company Lyra Health raises $200 million just four months after securing $187 million.

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