Weekender 1/18/19

  Weekly News Recap Atul Gawande cancels his HIMSS19 keynote without explanation 24 hospitals in Ontario invoke downtime procedures after a virus brings down their IT systems TV stock pundit Jim Cramer urges Apple to acquire Epic to bolster its sagging business...

Morning Headlines 1/18/19

Consumer Health Tech Company Ciitizen Raises $17M in Series A Financing to Accelerate Data Platform Development and Commercialization Consumer health data sharing company Ciitizen raises $17 million in a Series A funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Gawande,...

News 1/18/19

Top News From Dave N: “Re: CNBC’s ‘Mad Money.’ Jim Cramer said he thinks Epic will be acquired or go public, citing Judy’s age.” The stock-picking record of the highly annoying Jim Cramer is poor, underperforming the S&P 500 index funds while exposing investors to...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 1/17/19

All is not quiet on the Congressional front, with the House Committee on Ways and Means sending a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking for greater transparency in the development of alternative payment models. The Committee notes that “significant policy...

Morning Headlines 1/17/19

Definitive Healthcare Acquires HIMSS Analytics Definitive Healthcare acquires the data services business and assets of HIMSS Analytics. PerfectServe Acquires Telmediq, #1 KLAS Rated Vendor for Secure Communication Platforms Clinical communications and collaboration...

Morning Headlines 1/16/19

Cliff Illig Retires from Cerner Board of Directors Cerner co-founder Cliff Illig retires from the company’s board “to focus on outside interests.” Microsoft signs a huge deal with Walgreens, as Amazon’s growing interest in health care looms large Walgreens signs a...

News 1/16/19

Top News   Cerner co-founder Cliff Illig retires from the company’s board “to focus on outside interests.” You get to do that when you’ve sold dozens of millions of dollars of CERN shares in the past few months and still hold $550 million worth. I feel like a kid...

Morning Headlines 1/15/19

U.S. Digital Service has an ambitious agenda at the VA The US Digital Service is building an interface as part of the VA’s EHR Modernization project to help patients easily access their health records during the projected 10-year switch from VistA to Cerner. NHS...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 1/14/19

I’ve always wanted to attend the Consumer Electronics Show, but have never been able to get my January schedule to cooperate. That puts me with the rest of the tech aficionados in perusing various blogs and write-ups to find the best new healthcare-related gadgets....

Morning Headlines 1/14/19

2018 M&A in Review: The Growth of Mega Mergers The average acquired health system had annual revenue of $409 million in 2018, according to a new Kaufman Hall report on mega-mergers, that also found expansions were prompted more by improving business than patient...

Monday Morning Update 1/14/19

Top News The average acquired health system had annual revenue of $409 million in 2018, according to a new Kaufman Hall report on health system mega-mergers. Seven billion-plus dollar transactions skewed the average upward.  Only 20 percent of the sellers were...

Weekender 1/11/19

Weekly News Recap Apple CEO Tim Cook tells CNBC that the company’s greatest contribution to mankind will be related to health. CMS Administrator Seema Verma says its requirement that hospitals post raw CDM lists will encourage developers to create tools that consumers...

Morning Headlines 1/11/19

Change Healthcare Makes Strategic Investment in MDsave Change Healthcare makes a strategic investment in MDsave, a healthcare price comparison startup that offers consumers discounted services when booked through its website. PatientPing to Double in Size in 2019...

News 1/11/19

Top News Apple CEO Tim Cook tells CNBC’s Jim Cramer that the company will soon roll out new healthcare services that have been years in the making. He says those offerings will ultimately revolutionize the way patients manage their health data. Cook added, “I believe,...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 1/10/19

  The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the Embrace smart watch from Empatica for seizure tracking in children as young as six. The watch detects signals associated with generalized tonic-clonic seizures and alerts caregivers. Embrace had been approved for...

Morning Headlines 1/10/19

Good things are happening’ as DoD continues to roll out MHS GENESIS MHS EHR Functional Champion and Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee E. Payne, MD reassures federal health employees that the MHS Genesis project is on track, and that the next wave of implementations will benefit...

Morning Headlines 1/9/19

The NHS Long Term Plan In England, NHS issues a long-term plan that calls for technology to, among other goals, improve patient access and the ability to self-manage health, and give clinicians access to patient records from any location. Healthgrades Acquires...

News 1/9/19

Top News In England, NHS issues a long-term plan that calls for technology to: Improve patient access and the ability to self-manage health Give clinicians access to patient records from any location Apply best practices using clinical decision support and AI Apply...

Morning Headlines 1/8/19

Vatica Health Acquires CareSync’s Technology to Expand Value-Based Care Capabilities Vatica Health acquires CareSync’s care coordination and chronic care management technology following a $1 million bid made last October. Stanford Children’s Health CIO Ed Kopetsky...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 1/7/19

The government shutdown has impacted some electronic media, including the National Zoo’s Giant Panda Cam and the National Park Service website. It hasn’t slowed CMS, which continues to send regular emails about the recent final rule redesigning the Medicare...

Morning Headlines 1/7/19

Senate Confirms James Gfrerer as VA’s Information, Technology Leader The VA finally has its first permanent CIO in two years after the Senate confirms James Gfrerer as assistant secretary of information and technology. SVB Financial Group Completes Acquisition of...