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Morning Headlines 4/29/19

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Notification of Enforcement Discretion Regarding HIPAA Civil Money Penalties

HHS announces that it will use its discretion to set maximum annual HIPAA fines based on level of culpability, reducing the amount for those with no knowledge from $1.5 million to $25,000.

uBiome, the health start-up just raided by the FBI, had been double billing insurers

The FBI raids the San Francisco office of UBiome, which sells questionably useful AI-powered microbiome test kits for gut health and women’s health that are ordered by its own telemedicine doctors.

The future of health to have new home

Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic break ground in Phoenix on the Health Futures center, which will house a medical technology accelerator, research labs for biomedical engineering and informatics, and nursing programs.

Tech Billionaires Give $200 Million to Mass. General Hospital

InterSystems founder Terry Ragon and his wife Susan donate $200 million to Massachusetts General Hospital to endow a vaccine research center, piggybacking onto their $100 million donation 10 years ago to fund AIDS vaccine research.

Morning Headlines 4/26/19

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Cerner Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

Cerner reports Q1 results: revenue up 8%, adjusted EPS $0.61 vs. $0.58, meeting expectations for both.

Scientific wellness startup Arivale closes abruptly in ‘tragic’ end to vision to transform personal health

Seattle-based genetic testing and health coaching startup Arivale shuts down and lays off its 120 employees without warning.

28 Health Systems Commit to Transforming Behavioral Health in Hundreds of Communities Nationwide

Twenty-eight health systems join the Medicaid Transformation Project to improve the delivery of behavioral healthcare services through the use of digital tools.

Morning Headlines 4/25/19

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CPSI to Acquire Get Real Health to Expand Patient Engagement Solutions

Community healthcare EHR company CPSI will acquire patient engagement vendor Get Real Health for $11 million.

FTC Charges Surescripts with Illegal Monopolization of E-Prescription Markets

The FTC sues Surescripts for allegedly monopolizing the e-prescribing market, specifically in the areas of routing and eligibility.

Tencent-backed China online healthcare venture raises $250 million

Online Chinese healthcare company Tencent Trusted Doctors raises $250 million, bringing its valuation to $1 billion.

A machine learning device, meant to monitor the chronically ill, moves into homes

FDA approval will help move Current Health’s continuous monitoring device from the hospital setting into patient homes.

Morning Headlines 4/24/19

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Censinet Launches Industry’s First Third-Party Risk Management Platform Designed Exclusively for Healthcare Providers

Censinet launches its health system vendor management platform and raises $7.8 million in a Series A funding round.

Job cuts expected at major Belfast employer

Athenahealth will lay off about 200 employees across its offices as part of a reorganization that will integrate it with Virence Health.

Bain Considers Options for Waystar Including Sale

Bloomberg reports that Bain Capital is considering putting Waystar, the RCM vendor created from the 2017 merger of Navicure and ZirMed, up for sale.

Hartford HealthCare, Trinity, UConn to launch Hartford medtech accelerator

Hartford HealthCare will partner with Trinity College and the UConn School of Business to create a 12-week MedTech Accelerator program that will launch from Trinity’s campus this fall.

Morning Headlines 4/23/19

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Kindbody Raises $15M Series A To Reinvent Modern Women’s Health Care

Women’s healthcare company Kindbody raises $15 million in a Series A round that brings its total funding to $22 million.

ESO Takes Over Emergency Medical Services Performance Improvement Center (EMSPIC) from the University of North Carolina

Emergency medical services software company ESO takes over North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia state EMS data systems from the EMS Performance Improvement Center at the University of North Carolina.

Artificial intelligence can diagnose PTSD by analyzing voices

An NYU School of Medicine study finds that an AI tool can differentiate between the voices of veterans with our without PTSD with 89% accuracy.

Global public health expert and primary care physician to lead Ariadne Labs

Harvard professor and Brigham and Women’s Hospital primary care physician Asaf Bitton, MD succeeds Atul Gawande, MD as executive director of the university and hospital’s joint innovation center in Boston.

Morning Headlines 4/22/19

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HHS Announces Next Steps in Advancing Interoperability of Health Information

HHS opens Draft 2 of its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement for public comment.

Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement – Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE)

ONC will open a four-year, $900,000 per year funding opportunity for a non-profit to serve as the Recognized Coordinating Entity to oversee TEFCA’s Common Agreement for qualified Health Information Networks.

Latest phases at Cerner’s Innovations Campus steam ahead

Phase 3-4 construction at Cerner’s $4.5 billion Innovations Campus in Kansas City adds 777,000 square feet.

Health and education start-ups say recruiting has gotten easier in wake of Facebook, Google scandals

Startups in Silicon Valley, particularly those with a social mission, are finding it easier to recruit disenchanted talent from big tech companies like Facebook and Alphabet that have suffered from scandal-induced negative press.

Morning Headlines 4/19/19

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IBM cutting Watson for Drug Discovery

IBM halts sales of Watson for Drug Discovery due to low demand.

Elizabeth Holmes’ Failed Theranos Was Just Granted 5 New Patents In 2019

CB Insights reports failed blood-testing company Theranos was awarded five new patents in March and April, all filed between 2015 and 2016.

Northwell Health opens Emergency Telepsychiatry Hub, reducing ER wait times

Northwell Health (NY) opens an Emergency Telepsychiatry Hub to serve EDs in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County.

Morning Headlines 4/18/19

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Acting as the data integrator between hospitals and digital health apps brings Redox $33 million

Health data integration vendor Redox raises $33 million, bringing its total funding to $50 million since launching five years ago.

Theranos’ Holmes seeks records on reporter’s communications with FDA, CMS

Elizabeth Holmes files a motion in federal court to force prosecutors to hand over thousands of communication records between the FDA, CMS, and Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou.

EMV Capital Completes the Acquisition of Wanda INC, a Leading Telehealth Company in Silicon Valley

EMV Capital acquires San Francisco-based Wanda, a clinical decision support company focused on preventing adverse events.

Health Care Industry Leaders, Qualis Health and HealthInsight, Become Comagine Health

After merging last year, healthcare consulting firms HealthInsight and Qualis Health rebrand to Comagine Health.

Morning Headlines 4/17/19

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Activist investor Jeff Smith: There is a ‘huge’ value opportunity in Cerner

Starboard Value CEO Jeff Smith believes Cerner can increase its operating margins by as much as 9% within the next 18 months if it meets unspecified targets.

In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners

The FDA-approved Butterfly IQ device transforms a smartphone into an ultrasound scanner, a capability that is having a huge impact on pubic health efforts in Africa.

Advocates battle over health record consent change

Politicians struggle with the privacy and legal issues over changing patient participation in the HIE operated by Vermont Information Technology Leaders from opt-in to opt-out, which VITL says is needed because low participation has caused low HIE usage.

Clearlake-Backed symplr Acquires IntelliSoft

Provider management, credentialing, and payer enrollment technology vendor Symplr acquires competitor IntelliSoft.

Ro, a direct-to-consumer online pharmacy, reaches $500M valuation

Direct-to-consumer telemedicine company Ro raises $85 million, prompting VCs to increase its valuation to $500 million.

Morning Headlines 4/16/19

April 15, 2019 Headlines No Comments

You can do a vision test from home in 34 states and go buy glasses, but not in Indiana. Here’s why.

Visibly (fka Opternative) takes several Indiana state agencies to court to overturn a law that prohibits the use of online vision tests.

Medusind Has Secured Investment From H.I.G. Capital

EHR and practice management vendor Medusind secures an undisclosed amount of financing from H.I.G. Capital.

AMA, Sling Health expand engagement with physicians and entrepreneurs

AMA and student-run biotech incubator Sling Health develop the Clinical Problem Database to give physicians the opportunity to share their experiences with health IT and clinical services, and entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop solutions that improve those experiences.

Morning Headlines 4/15/19

April 14, 2019 Headlines No Comments

How elderly, sickly farmers are quenching China’s thirst for data

Private healthcare company WeDoctor sends medical vans to rural areas to perform mandatory exams on behalf of the Chinese government, enabling it to collect enormous amounts of patient data that it uses to train its AI-powered diagnostic engine.

Highmark IT solutions company sheds 239 workers

After adding over 1,000 employees in the last five years, Highmark’s HM Health Solutions IT company lays off 239 workers.

Amazon Alexa is luring health developers, but it will be a while before we use it to call a doctor

Despite Amazon Alexa’s newly announced HIPAA compliance, privacy concerns will compel it to take baby steps in developing skills that will enable patients to connect directly with physicians.

British doctor-on-demand app Babylon bulks up US team to seize slice of projected $400bn market

After announcing last fall that it would spend $100 million to ramp up its hiring for its London-based operations, telemedicine company Babylon Health plans to more than double staffing for its US and Canadian operations.

Morning Headlines 4/12/19

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Better care, block by block.

Cityblock Health raises $65 million just three months after announcing a Series A round of $21 million.

Teladoc Health to Develop First Pediatric-Specific Consumer Telehealth Platform with Cincinnati Children’s

Teladoc Health will work with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to develop telemedicine software for pediatric hospitals.

Physician-researcher awarded federal grant to bridge evidence and practice for clinicians via electronic medical record

AHRQ awards Northwell Health (NY) SVP Thomas McGinn, MD a $1 million grant to further his work on developing a clinical decision support system that integrates seamlessly with EHRs and presents minimal disruption to provider workflows.

LRGH losing $1M a month

Hospital management company LRGHealthcare (NH) blames a a $13.3 million operations loss in 2018 on an expensive Cerner install and millions paid to service outstanding debt.

Morning Headlines 4/11/19

April 10, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Partners HealthCare Embraces the Democratization of AI to Accelerate Innovation in Medicine

Partners HealthCare (MA) will equip its clinicians and researchers with the tools necessary to develop their own AI algorithms through its MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science.

InTouch Health Unveils the First Fully Integrated Virtual Care Platform

InTouch Health develops telemedicine software that can be used in any type of healthcare setting.

Feds Charge 24 In Alleged $1.2 Billion Medicare Fraud Scheme

Federal prosecutors charge 24 people, including executives at five telemedicine companies, with $1.2 billion in Medicare fraud.

Concerto HealthAI Enters Precision Oncology Collaboration with Pfizer

Concerto HealthAI will work with Pfizer to advance AI capabilities for oncology using its proprietary AI technology, EHR software, and claims data.

Morning Headlines 4/10/19

April 9, 2019 Headlines No Comments

Cerner Announces Agreement with Starboard Value Regarding Board Refreshment, Operational Improvement Initiatives and Expanded Capital Return Program to Drive Next Phase of Profitable Growth and Value Creation

Cerner bows to pressure applied by an activist investor by appointing four new board members as nominated by hedge fund operator Starboard Value, which owns 1.2 percent of outstanding CERN shares.

Diameter Health Announces $9.6 Million in Series A-1 Funding Round

Clinical data integration vendor Diameter Health raises a $9.6 million Series A-1 funding round led by new investor Optum Ventures.

Microsoft is shutting down its HealthVault patient record service

Microsoft will shut down its HealthVault service on November 20, 2019.

Ontellus Acquires B2B Health Information Exchange ChartSwap

Multi-vertical records retrieval company Ontellus acquires medical records request vendor ChartSwap.

Morning Headlines 4/9/19

April 8, 2019 Headlines 2 Comments

Apple’s Health Opportunity Could be Triple Smartphone Market

Morgan Stanley analysts determine that Apple’s piece of the consumer-centered health pie could eventually be between $15 billion and $313 billion.

NVIDIA and American College of Radiology AI-LAB Team to Accelerate Adoption of AI in Diagnostic Radiology Across Thousands of Hospitals

With help from Nuance and GE Healthcare, the American College of Radiology adds Nvidia’s Clara AI Toolkit to free software it will offer radiologists to help them develop and use AI for diagnostic radiology.

Deep Lens raises $14 million to improve clinical trial recruitment with AI

Digital pathology imaging and diagnosis startup Deep Lens secures $14 million in a Series A round led by Northpond Ventures.

Info for wrong patients possibly sent to thousands of West Virginia veterans

The Veterans Health Administration notifies 4,882 patients of a Xerox software and printing problem that resulted in PHI, including lab results, being mailed to the wrong patients.

Morning Headlines 4/8/19

April 7, 2019 Headlines 1 Comment

DocuTap merging with a competitor based in Illinois

Urgent care EHR/PM vendor DocuTAP will merge with urgent care solutions vendor Practice Velocity.

Data payday slow in coming for electronic medical records specialist

Crain’s Chicago Business says the attempt by Allscripts to diversify itself away from smothering competitors Epic and Cerner in a slowing EHR market hasn’t paid off for investors, as disappointing financial reports have sent shares down.

Hardin Memorial Hospital issues statement on ‘information technology disturbance’

Hardin Memorial Hospital (KY) is working to restore systems taken offline by a reported cyberattack of an unstated nature.

Morning Headlines 4/5/19

April 4, 2019 Headlines 1 Comment

The Trump administration is forcing this health start-up that took Chinese money into a fire sale

PatientsLikeMe looks for a buyer after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States demands that its majority owner, a Chinese investment firm, divest its holdings in the company.

Introducing New Alexa Healthcare Skills

Amazon announces the availability of new HIPAA-compliant Alexa healthcare skills from organizations like Livongo, Cigna, and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Leaders Violated Conflict-of-Interest Rules, Report Finds

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s relationship with AI startup Paige.AI and other vendors triggers an outside review that finds the organization violated conflict-of-interest policies and fostered a culture that valued profits over research and patient care.

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