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Morning Headlines 6/14/19

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Allscripts is buying ZappRx, a prescription drug start-up

Allscripts will buy specialty drug prescription prior authorization platform vendor ZappRx, according to reports, as it moves toward diversifying its EHR business.

General Electric wants to sell its stake in more than 100 start-ups

GE Ventures looks for a buyer for its stake in 100-plus startups that include 27 healthcare companies, as parent company GE attempts a turnaround.

Dassault Systèmes and Medidata Solutions To Join Forces To Accelerate the Life Sciences Industry Innovation For Patient-Centric Experience Through End-to-End Collaborative Platform

French company Dassault Systèmes will acquire clinical trials software vendor Medidata for $5.8 billion.

Sutter secretly sharing patients’ private info with Google, others, Sacramento lawsuit alleges

Two people file a class action lawsuit claiming that Sutter Health is sharing patient medical information with Facebook, Google, and Twitter so those sites can target Internet advertising.

Morning Headlines 6/13/19

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Congress Questions Leadership of VA Health Record Overhaul

Lawmakers continue to express frustration with a lack of leadership over the VA and DoD’s EHR projects, calling the proposed Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization Program Office more of a concept than a concrete step towards joint governance.

Queensland Health chief’s secret concerns about hospitals digital upgrade revealed in recordings

In Australia, Queensland Health Director-General Michael Walsh admits having to publicly praise the systemwide rollout of the Cerner IEMR project despite hearing end-user complaints about software glitches, costs, and skyrocketing stress levels.

Hospital to pay $300,000 in damages in medical records case

A jury awards Amy Pertuit $300,000 after determining that Medical Center Enterprise (AL) knew about and took no action against employee Lyn Diefenderfer, MD after she illegally accessed Pertuit’s medical records and passed PHI along to the lawyer of another patient involved in a custody battle with Pertuit.

Morning Headlines 6/12/19

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Humana and Epic to Enhance Patient, Provider and Payer Collaboration

Epic will integrate Humana’s real-time prescription benefits checking tool within its e-prescribing workflow.

EQT to Sell Press Ganey

Swedish investment firm EQT will sell healthcare advisory and analytics company Press Ganey to a consortium of funds managed by Leonard Green & Partners and Ares Management affiliates.

Genome Medical Raises $23 Million in Series B Financing to Advance the Adoption of Genomics in Everyday Medical Care

Telegenomics company Genome Medical raises $23 million in a Series B round led by Echo Health Ventures.

French tech giant Dassault is nearing deal to buy health software company Medidata

Dassault’s interest in acquiring clinical trials software company Medidata is intensifying, with insiders reporting that a deal is imminent.

Morning Headlines 6/11/19

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Connecticut and Illinois Open Investigation into Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp Data Breach

Attorneys general from Connecticut and Illinois launch an investigation into the cause of the American Medical Collection Agency breach, which may have exposed the data of 20 million people.

DLH Announces Acquisition of Social & Scientific Systems

Health and human services tech company DLH acquires Social & Scientific Systems, a public health research organization, for $70 million.

The AMA has a new president-elect

The AMA names allergist and immunologist Susan Bailey, MD president-elect.

Morning Headlines 6/10/19

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Medisanté Enters U.S. Market and Chairs the Direct-to-Cloud IoT Activity Work Group in the Personal Connected Health Alliance

Switzerland-based medical Internet of Things vendor Medisanté enters the US market with the opening of an office in Bridgewater, NJ.

KRMC website shut down since April, possible security breach

Kingman Regional Medical Center (AZ) works to rebuild its website, down since April 8, after discovering that its configuration enabled unauthorized users to view information entered by KRMC patients.

NSA Cybersecurity Advisory: Patch Remote Desktop Services on Legacy Versions of Windows

NSA takes the unusual step of issuing a call for Windows 7, Windows XP, and Server 2003 and 2008 users to install a Microsoft-issued patch as a preemptive measure against the BlueKeep vulnerability.

Morning Headlines 6/7/19

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Champion Healthcare Technologies Receives Investment from The Riverside Company

The Riverside Company acquires medical device tracking software vendor Champion Healthcare Technologies from Jump Capital for an undisclosed sum.

Bain Capital, 5 others in race to buy CitiusTech

Industry insiders say Bain Capital, Blackstone Group, and several other investment firms have advanced to a second round of negotiations for the purchase of health IT consulting, services, and software company CitiusTech.

OmniSYS Acquires Automated Pricing Solution Provider, Rx-Net

Pharmacy technology vendor OmniSys acquires Rx-Net and its ProfitMax automated prescription pricing software.

ChartSpan Raises $15 Million Series A Round led by BIP Capital

Chronic care management company ChartSpan will use its $15 million funding round to expand its services beyond the Southeast.

Morning Headlines 6/6/19

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Carbon Health Secures $30 Million Series B Funding To Reimagine The Consumer Healthcare Retail Experience And Accelerate Expansion Into New Markets Nationwide

San Francisco-based primary and urgent care company Carbon Health raises $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Brookline Growth Partners.

LabCorp discloses data breach affecting 7.7 million customers

LabCorp joins the roster of companies impacted by the American Medical Collection Agency breach, notifying nearly 8 million customers that their personal and financial data may have been exposed.

Hospitals to get extra cash for using robots and AI to replace humans

The NHS has promised financial incentives to providers who use AI for diagnostics, screenings, and outpatient appointments as part of a systemwide effort to meet productivity targets.

Morning Headlines 6/4/19

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Biden Cancer Initiative Announces the Oncology Clinical Trial Information Commons

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer initiative will include data from nine organizations including IBM Watson Health and Ciitizen as part of a new clinical trial data sharing platform.

Quest Diagnostics Statement on the AMCA Data Security Incident

Quest Diagnostics notifies customers of a data breach at its billing services vendor, American Medical Collection Agency, that could potentially affect 12 million patients.

Best Buy takes new steps to grow its healthcare business

Best Buy acquires personal emergency response and telemedicine company Critical Signal Technologies.

Morning Headlines 6/3/19

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EHR Developers are Aligned with Goals of Cures NPRM, Hope ONC will Remove Ambiguity and Reassess Timeline

The vendor members of the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association raise “significant concerns” in draft comments about proposed federal rules covering interoperability.

Troubled microbiome startup uBiome to lay off some employees, refund payments from federal insurers

Microbiome testing vendor UBiome’s interim CEO warns employees of pending layoffs in the wake of federal investigations that have also prompted the company to refund government payments for its tests.

Kan. Hospital Agrees to Pay $250K To Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Coffey Health System (KS) will pay HHS $250,000 to settle claims that it falsely attested to conducting security risk analyses as required by the Meaningful Use incentive program.

Morning Headlines 5/31/19

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Tempus raises $200M at a $3.1B valuation

Precision medicine platform vendor Tempus raises $200 million in a Series F funding round that values the Chicago-based company at $3.1 billion.

Cerner’s initial quarterly dividend exceeds original estimate

Cerner initiates a $0.18 quarterly dividend, its first and $0.03 greater than it originally mentioned in February.

Apprio Announces New Commercial Health Division, ApprioHealth, to Meet the Specialized Needs of Hospitals and Health Systems

Government health IT contractor Apprio creates a new commercial healthcare division to market its RCM services to hospitals and health systems.

Welkin Health Raises $17.5 Million in Series B Funding from Altos Ventures

Patient relationship management vendor Welkin Health raises $17.5 million in a Series B round, bringing its total funding to $30 million.

Morning Headlines 5/30/19

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Allegheny Health Network’s computers go down, delaying some procedures

Allegheny Health Network’s Epic system goes down Wednesday morning due to an unspecified network issue that has affected all seven of its Western Pennsylvania hospitals.

Talkspace announces $50M Series D, expands services to over 5M lives

App-based therapy company Talkspace raises $50 million in a Series D round.

Tennessee, 15 Other States Reach $900,000 Data Breach Settlement

Indiana-based Medical Informatics Engineering will pay $900,000 to settle a multistate lawsuit brought against it last year by 16 state attorneys general over lax security practices that led to a 2015 breach that compromised the data of 4 million patients.

Golden Gate Capital to Buy Stake in Billing-Services Firm

Bon Secours Mercy Health will sell its Ensemble Health Partners RCM business to Golden Gate Capital for $1.2 billion.

Morning Headlines 5/29/19

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Medically Home® Group Raises $10 Million Towards Its Virtual Hospital Series B Funding

Cardinal Health makes a $10 million investment in home medical monitoring technology and monitoring services vendor Medically Home Group.

Banner Health launches Banner Innovation Group

Banner Health (AZ) launches an Innovation Group, bringing together its incubators and innovation and digital business leadership team to support and commercialize homegrown technologies and services that benefit the patient experience.

MISSION Act’s new community care program ready for prime time, VA says

After three years and $7 million, the VA continues to struggle with the development, implementation, and certification of a new IT system that will manage the MISSION Act’s caregiver program.

NextGen Healthcare, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

NextGen Healthcare CEO Rusty Frantz says the company’s Q4 results exceeded revenue expectations thanks to growth in bookings and deal size, and the launch of integrated ambulatory care software.

Morning Headlines 5/28/19

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Physician burnout costs the US health care system approximately $4.6 billion a year

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic (MN), AMA, Stanford University, and the National University of Singapore determine that physician burnout costs the US healthcare system $4.6 billion a year, or $7,600 per employed physician.

WindRose Health Investors Commits $85 Million in Financing to Kidney Health Management Company Healthmap Solutions

Technology-enabled kidney health management business Healthmap Solutions raises $85 million from Windrose Health Investors.

Regulators approve $21M power line to serve Epic Systems’ growing needs

Utility regulators in Wisconsin approve a $21 million underground power line to accommodate Epic’s needs over the next several years.

Morning Headlines 5/27/19

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VA tells Senate no on more Cerner EHR oversight

The VA opposes a bill that proposes creating an independent advisory committee to oversee the $10 billion Cerner EHR implementation project.

Why the new HHS CIO is not your usual suspect

New HHS CIO Jose Arrieta, who comes to the role with a contracting and technology background, will make cybersecurity, cloud computing, and emerging technology his initial priorities.

Change Healthcare files for $200M upsized IPO

Change Healthcare increases its planned IPO from $100 million to $200 million.

Apple bought a start-up that was working on monitoring asthma in children

CNBC reports that Apple purchased pediatric asthma monitoring company Tueo Health late last year.

Morning Headlines 5/24/19

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Agfa to Consider Selling Hospital IT and Integrated Care Business

Global imaging and IT company Agfa considers selling off the health IT and integrated care parts of its European healthcare business.

Indiana Medical Records Service Pays $100,000 to Settle HIPAA Breach

Medical Informatics Engineering will pay OCR $100,000 to settle HIPAA violations stemming from a 2015 data breach that impacted nearly 4 million patients.

Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotions

Amazon is reportedly developing a voice-activated wearable capable of detecting emotion that may also offer users advice on how to interact with others.

Morning Headlines 5/23/19

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Zipline, which delivers lifesaving medical supplies by drone, now valued at $1.2 billion

California-based drone-delivery company Zipline announces a $190 million investment and plans to expand its healthcare-focused service to the US.

DGMC to go live with new electronic health record in September

Travis Air Force Base’s David Grant USAF Medical Center (CA) will go live on the DoD’s Cerner-based MHS Genesis in September.

Scoop: Former FDA head Scott Gottlieb rejoins VC firm

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD returns to venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on its healthcare investment team.

DNA-Test Startup Helix Cuts Staff, Closes Offices After Shift

Helix lays off employees and closes two of its four offices after announcing earlier this month that it will pivot from a direct-to-consumer DNA testing company to a provider-focused population health management business.

Morning Headlines 5/22/19

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Interoperability among Office-Based Physicians in 2015 and 2017

ONC finds that interoperability among office-based physicians didn’t improve from 2015 to 2017 even though more doctors used information from outside sources.

Google says the new Google Glass gives workers ‘superpowers’

With help from development partner Sutter Health, Google releases an updated $999 enterprise edition of Glass, promoting the product from its Google X skunkworks division to mainstream Google.

Comcast is working on an in-home device to track people’s health

Comcast will begin piloting an in-home health monitoring device later this year in hopes of bringing it to market in 2020.

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