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Morning Headlines 12/10/18

December 9, 2018 Headlines No Comments

NHS banned from buying any more fax machines

In England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock bans NHS from buying new fax machines and insists that they be phased out by March 31, 2020.

Hospital Beds Get Digital Upgrade

Hill-Rom’s newest hospital bed will include FDA-approved sensors for monitoring heart and respiratory rates, checking vital signs 100 times per minute, and alerting nurses of abnormalities.

Apple scoops up CEO of Mango Health, a start-up that helps people keep track of their medications

Apple hires former Mango Health CEO and co-founder Jason Oberfest, spurring speculation that the company is looking to tackle medication adherence.

Top cancer center’s business deals created a web of conflicts, say ethics experts

STAT calls into question Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s deal with data analytics vendor Cota, whose founder helped to broker a partnership between MSK and his employer, Hackensack Meridian Health.

Morning Headlines 12/7/18

December 6, 2018 Headlines No Comments

Partners goes down (and then back up)

Politico reports that Partners HealthCare (MA) briefly took its Epic EHR offline Wednesday to handle unspecified technical issues.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Walmart Announce Telehealth Collaboration to Reach Underserved Veterans

The VA announces at its telehealth event in Washington, DC that it will offer telemedicine services to vets at select Walmart stores.

Apple now says its smartwatch tech to detect atrial fibrillation is not for those with atrial fibrillation

Apple emphasizes that the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm feature launched today on the Apple Watch 4 are not intended for people with atrial fibrillation, but should rather serve as conversation starters with physicians.

Telehealth Virtual Care Platforms 2018

Epic and InTouch lead in telemedicine value and impact, according to a new KLAS report, while only Epic, American Well, and MDLive have more than half their customers moving along an EHR integration path.

Morning Headlines 12/6/18

December 5, 2018 Headlines No Comments

Enzyme Health Adds $1.7M for Clinician Telemedicine Job Marketplace

Austin, TX-based Enzyme Health raises $1.7 million in a seed funding round led by Silverton Partners.

Teladoc Health Refutes SIRF Report Claims

Teladoc refutes claims of inappropriate relations and insider trading made in an article from the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation.

Researchers find way to catch medical errors as they happen

Pascal Metrics develops software that uses machine learning and EHR data to detect and alert providers to medical errors in real time.

Morning Headlines 12/5/18

December 4, 2018 Headlines No Comments

Curavi Acquires TripleCare, Prepares to Rapidly Expand Telemedicine Services

UPMC-backed Curavi Health acquires competitor TripleCare, a telemedicine vendor that caters to the post-acute, long-term care market.

MEDITECH UK Announces Acquisition of Centennial and the Formation of Medical Information Technology UK LTD

Meditech acquires its London-based partner Centennial Computer Corporation as part of its creation of Meditech UK.

Interoperability 2018: Real Progress with Patient-Record Sharing via CommonWell and Carequality

A KLAS report finds that most EHR vendors are progressing well toward supporting a national patient record network now that CommonWell is connected to Carequality.

Queensland digital hospitals program facing $250m cost blowout

In Australia, Queensland Health’s hospital EHR project will run $188 million over budget if implemented in the remaining hospitals, with an auditor-general’s report noting that Cerner can name its price for contract extensions knowing that alternative systems haven’t been considered.

Morning Headlines 12/3/18

December 2, 2018 Headlines No Comments

U.S. judge raises prospect of not approving CVS-Aetna deal

A federal judge involved with the final legal step in the CVS/Aetna acquisition delays court proceedings, telling lawyers that he is very concerned and that “you all are proceeding on a rubber-stamp approach to this.”

AI health firm Myia raises $6.75m in seed funding

Remote patient monitoring startup Myia raises $6.75 million in a seed funding round led by BootstrapLabs and Zetta Venture Partners.

Improving Electronic Health Record Usability and Safety Requires Transparency

Physicians argue against EHR vendor gag clauses, saying that an inability to share screenshots and other types of visual media prevent end users from sharing and learning from usability issues that may endanger patients.

EMIS Group unveils the future of connected healthcare

Emis Group will shift 40 million patient records from its servers onto AWS as part of a continued  push in the UK for more flexible health data exchange.


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Morning Headlines 11/30/18

November 29, 2018 Headlines No Comments

Xealth Launches Innovative Feature Allowing Doctors to Digitally Recommend OTC Products

Xealth announces GA of software that enables providers to send patients digital recommendations for over-the-counter healthcare products, apps, and services from within their EHR and patient portal.

UnitedHealth to roll out individual health record, predicts what it will look like in 10 years

UnitedHealth’s individual health record is being beta tested at three ACOs and will soon be available to all beneficiaries and 1 million providers.

Voluntary code of conduct developed by more than 60 industry stakeholders can help facilitate health data exchange with entities not covered by HIPAA

The CARIN Alliance develops a code of conduct to help developers of third-party apps outside the scope of HIPAA appropriately handle consumer health data.

Morning Headlines 11/29/18

November 28, 2018 Headlines No Comments

Atrium Says Hackers Accessed Its Billing Records

Billing services vendor AccuDoc Solutions reveals that a September breach of its database may have impacted over 2 million Atrium Health (NC)  patients. 

HHS Issues Draft Strategy to Reduce Health IT Burden

CMS and ONC seek feedback on draft recommendations for reducing regulatory and administrative burdens caused by health IT and EHRs.

Iranian hackers wanted for hijacking Chicago health data company

Unsealed court documents reveal that two Iranian hackers were responsible for SamSam ransomware attacks on 200 organizations in the US and Canada, including Allscripts.

CVS Health Completes Acquisition of Aetna, Marking the Start of Transforming the Consumer Health Experience

CVS Health wraps up its $70 billion acquisition of Aetna, promising to include digital health tools in its “new innovative healthcare model.”

Morning Headlines 11/28/18

November 27, 2018 Headlines 1 Comment

Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health

Amazon will launch a software product for payers that combs through electronic patient records to find incorrect coding or diagnoses in an effort to improve quality and lower cost.

GAO to look into whether Mar-a-Lago trio inappropriately influenced VA

The GAO will investigate rumored VA meddling by three political supporters of President Trump who said they “were anointed by the President” as private citizens, and whom some contend influenced the no-bid, $10 billion Cerner contract.

OVMC, EORH Hope To Have Emergency Rooms Back Online

Systems of two OH and WV hospitals remain down following a ransomware attack Friday, with their EDs remaining on partial diversion.

Vivian Lee quietly left her job as a professor at the University of Utah — after her $1 million salary contract ended and a year of turmoil

Former University of Utah health system CEO Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA joins Verily as president of health platforms.

Morning Headlines 11/27/18

November 26, 2018 Headlines, News No Comments

Mental health therapy at Walmart? It’s now a thing

Managed care company Beacon Health Options creates a new business to oversee the launch of mental health clinics in retailers like Walmart, promising virtual access to providers during peak hours.

Black Book Survey of More Than 1,500 Executives Confirms the Changing Role of the Healthcare CIO

The purchasing-decision power of hospital CIOs falls over the last three years from 71 percent to 8 percent, according to a Black Book report.

Patients discharged sooner in hospitals with highest use of electronic health records

A Case Western Reserve University study finds that patients are discharged almost four hours earlier at hospitals that use EHRs at the highest federal standard of implementation.

Morning Headlines 11/26/18

November 25, 2018 Headlines No Comments

Intelerad Medical Systems Acquires Clario Medical

Intelerad acquires radiologist worklist technology vendor Clario Medical.

Naval Hospital Bremerton’s new medical records system making ‘significant strides’

Fourteen months after going live on MHS Genesis, Naval Hospital Bremerton CMIO Lt. Cmdr. Bryan Wooldrige reports that pharmacy wait times are back to normal, care standards are once again being met, and initial workflow glitches have been ironed out.

Nuance Introduces New PowerScribe One Radiology Reporting Platform Powered by AI and the Cloud

Nuance launches PowerScribe One, a radiology reporting platform that includes AI-powered diagnostic and decision support tools.

Hospitals: Patient information safe in EORH, OVMC computer attack

East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center go on ED diversion after their systems are attacked by ransomware.

Morning Headlines 11/21/18

November 20, 2018 Headlines No Comments

Apple in Talks to Give Veterans Access to Electronic Medical Records

Apple and the VA discuss developing software that would enable veterans to transfer medical records to their iPhones.

Jump Technologies Receives $2M in Follow-on Series B Funding, Bringing Total Round to $5.5M

Hospital supply chain management software vendor Jump Technologies raises $2 million with help from Mount Sinai Ventures.

Office 365, Azure users are locked out after a global multi-factor authentication outage

Microsoft brings its cloud-based, multi-factor authentication services for Office 365 back online after a global outage Monday morning.

How Geisinger Health System Reduced Opioid Prescriptions

Geisinger Health (PA) attributes a 30-percent decline in opioid prescriptions to a multi-pronged approach that includes EHR-based interventions, e-prescribing, and access to the state’s PDMP.

Morning Headlines 11/20/18

November 19, 2018 Headlines No Comments

The health care venture from Amazon, Berkshire and JP Morgan just hired its first female exec, and she comes from a big insurance company

The ABJ health initiative hires Dana Safran (BCBS of Massachusetts) as head of measurement, leading analysts to surmise the still-unnamed joint venture will focus heavily on health data analytics.

Update on our Smart Lens program with Alcon

Citing insufficient consistency in measurements, Verily shuts down its four-year smart contact lens project with the eye-care division of Novartis, which sought to help diabetics manage their disease through tear-based glucose measurement.

Information on Medicare Telehealth

CMS reports that telemedicine utilization by Medicare beneficiaries increased 50 percent between 2014 and 2016, with members in rural areas making up the bulk of visits for mostly mental health and chronic conditions.

Morning Headlines 11/19/18

November 18, 2018 Headlines 2 Comments

The 25 most valuable US startups that failed this year

Business Insider lists “The 25 Most Valuable US Startups that Failed This Year,” including four health technology companies that raised a combined $1.1 billion.

The Chopraj Group Launches Imperativ, Inc., Delivering Unique Artificial Intelligence For Healthcare

Industry long-timer and neurosurgeon Gopal Chopra, MBBS, MBA launches healthcare AI company Imperativ.

CommonWell Health Alliance Announces General Availability of Carequality Connection

CommonWell announces GA of its connection to Carequality two years after the organizations announced a connectivity agreement.

Morning Headlines 11/16/18

November 15, 2018 Headlines No Comments

Lawmakers balk at $350M addition to VA’s health record deal

John Windom, director of the VA’s EHR modernization efforts, says during a congressional hearing that an additional $350 million in personnel costs will be part of the Cerner project’s already $16 billion budget.

Surescripts Prescription Price Transparency Tool Realizes Massive Provider Adoption, Achieves Breakthrough In Healthcare Market

Surescripts announces that its Real-Time Prescription Benefit tool has increased prescriber count 40-fold, and has been used 30 million times within EHRs to look up patient-specific drug price and alternative information.

HIPAA Privacy: Request for Information on Changes to Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care

HHS OCR issues an RFI to solicit the public’s views on whether HIPAA rules prevent or discourage providers, payers, and patients from sharing information for care coordination and case management.

Morning Headlines 11/15/18

November 14, 2018 Headlines No Comments

Mount Sinai Technology Spinout RenalytixAI Completes Initial Public Offering, Raising $29 Million to Combat Kidney Disease

RenalytixAI raises $29 million in an IPO that will be used to fund the launch of AI-enabled applications for the early detection of kidney disease and transplant management.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health teams with Philips on Tele-ICU program

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (NH) will use technology from Philips to develop a tele-ICU program, initially focusing on medical, surgical, and neurology ICUs.

Introducing Veradigm™ Providing Next Generation Healthcare Solutions for Today’s Healthcare Challenges

Allscripts rebrands its Payer & Life Sciences Division to Veradigm, offering clinical workflow, research, and analytics software and services to providers, payers, and health IT and life sciences companies.

Morning Headlines 11/14/18

November 13, 2018 Headlines No Comments

‘We ran out of money’: High-profile startup seeking to connect patients with clinical trials shuts down

Driver, whose technology matches cancer patients with clinical trials, runs out of cash and shuts down just two months after its high-profile launch.

The new Google Health unit is absorbing health business from DeepMind, Alphabet’s AI research group

Alphabet will move its London-based DeepMind healthcare AI subsidiary under the newly formed Google Health, which will be led by former Geisinger CEO David Feinberg.

LeanTaaS Secures $15 Million in Series C Investment to Accelerate Growth of Its Healthcare Operations Platform

Smart scheduling and throughput technology vendor LeanTaaS raises $15 million in a Series C funding round, increasing its total to $39 million.

Morning Headlines 11/13/18

November 12, 2018 Headlines 3 Comments

Veritas Capital Will Acquire Athenahealth for $5.7 Billion

Veritas Capital and Elliott Management subsidiary Evergreen Coast Capital will acquire Athenahealth for $5.7 billion.

FHIR Server for Azure: An open source project for cloud-based health solutions

Microsoft Healthcare releases an open-source project on GitHub to help developers build FHIR-based services and apps in the cloud.

Manatt Adds Prominent Venture Capitalist and Entrepreneur

Healthcare venture fund expert Lisa Lisa Suennen will join Manatt Phelps & Phillips as head of its digital and technology businesses (including its healthcare consulting arm), and the firm’s venture capital fund.

Rapid Escalation of Practice Acquisitions Drives Hospital Systems to Merge Hosts of Physician Technology Platforms by 2021, Black Book Survey

Forty percent of hospital-based respondents plan to replace acquired physician practice EHR and PM systems, with Allscripts being the most recommended integrated solution.

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