Weekender 3/22/19

Weekly News Recap A Reddit “Ask Me Anything” with Providence St. Joseph Health EVP / Chief Digital Officer and venture fund manager Aaron Martin gets ugly with charges of layoffs and a hostile work environment for female employees A France-based online medical...

Morning Headlines 3/22/19

BESLER Completes Acquisition of Essential Consulting LLC, a Leader in Hospital Reimbursement Services and Supporting Technology Hospital RCM company Besler acquires competitor Essential Consulting for an undisclosed amount. Family’s letter to Providence St. Mary leads...

News 3/22/19

Top News Providence St. Joseph Health EVP / Chief Digital Officer and venture fund manager Aaron Martin participates in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) that quickly turns ugly as participants – including claimed former employees of his Digital Innovation Group — press...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 3/21/19

  Several people texted or emailed links to the recent Fortune /Kaiser Health News investigative article on electronic health records. I enjoyed the video sound bites at the beginning, where various members of the US government were extolling the benefits of...

Morning Headlines 3/21/19

CMS Awards IMPAQ Contract to Support Patient Safety Measure Development and Maintenance Impaq International signs a five-year, multimillion dollar contract with CMS for the development, implementation, and maintenance of patient safety measures used in the the...

Morning Headlines 3/20/19

Primus Capital Provides Growth Investment in Harmony Healthcare IT Health data archiving company Harmony Healthcare IT secures an unspecified amount of funding from Primus Capital. Unite Us Raises $35 Million to Bridge the Gap Between Health and Social Care Healthcare...

News 3/20/19

Top News A Kaiser Health News – Fortune article titled “Death By 1,000 Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong” says the federal government’s Meaningful Use program cost $36 billion, yet 10 years later, the system is an “unholy mess.” It makes these points:...

Morning Headlines 3/19/19

Malfunctioning billing system leaves scars on Glens Falls Hospital Glenn Falls Hospital (NY) reaches a confidential settlement with Cerner after a $38 million loss attributed to its faulty billing system. Beware the hype over the Apple Watch heart app. The device...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 3/18/19

  There was another big story about telemedicine in the news this week, this time about a young man who had to undergo what sounds like a competency evaluation via video prior to signing a “do not resuscitate” document. Regardless of the telemedicine situation, the...

Morning Headlines 3/18/19

Change Healthcare on deck for IPO Change Healthcare, valued at up to $12 billion, files IPO documents for a $100 million IPO. Signify Health acquires start-up TAV Health in multimillion-dollar deal Mobile health evaluation company Signify Health acquires TAV Health,...

Monday Morning Update 3/18/19

Top News Change Healthcare files IPO documents for a $100 million IPO. Analysts estimate the company’s value at up to $12 billion. The company, of which McKesson owns 70 percent with two private equity groups holding the remainder, reports adjusted net income of $281...

Weekender 3/15/19

  Weekly News Recap Rutland Regional Medical Center (VT) experiences its second email-related breach Australian imaging software vendor Mach7 fires its CEO and eliminates the CTO role as part of a restructuring and cost-cutting program that it hopes will propel its US...

Morning Headlines 3/15/19

More than 72,000 possibly affected by hospital data breach Rutland Regional Medical Center (VT) notifies 72,000 patients of a breach after discovering that the email accounts of nine employees had been hacked late last year. Aldrich Capital Partners Invests in eHealth...

News 3/15/19

Top News Rutland Regional Medical Center (VT) notifies 72,000 patients of a breach after discovering that the email accounts of nine employees had been hacked late last year. Hospital officials believe the hack originated outside of the US. RRMC did similar damage...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 3/14/19

  Today was a Google Cloud kind of sock day, and I have to say these made me smile with their stethoscopes, microscopes, and miniature DNA. These beauties (along with many of the other socks given out at HIMSS) are from Sock Club, which designs their socks in Austin,...

Morning Headlines 3/14/19

TriNetX Secures $40 Million in Series D Funding Analytics-enabled global health research network TriNetX raises $40 million in a financing round led by Merck Global Health Innovation Fund. ImagineSoftware Acquires RCM Software Company ProviderAlly Medical billing...

Morning Headlines 3/13/19

Mach7 Announces Restructuring to Accelerate Sales and Achieve Cash-flow Break Even Australian imaging software vendor Mach7 fires its CEO and eliminates the CTO role as part of a restructuring and cost-cutting program that it hopes will propel its US growth. NIH...

News 3/13/19

Top News Hill-Rom will acquire mobile clinical communications vendor Voalte for up to $195 million. Hill-Rom hopes to enhance its point-of-care delivery of actionable insights and to drive its growth and margin. Voalte’s annual revenue is $40 million. It has 200...

Morning Headlines 3/12/19

Hill-Rom to acquire Voalte, Inc. Hill-Rom will acquire Voalte for $180 million and integrate it into its care communications business. House Veterans Affairs is Having Trouble Hiring Tech Experts House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) tells SXSW...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 3/11/19

My HIStalk team mates have already mentioned the sensational news item about a patient being told about a poor prognosis through telemedicine. It was a hot topic in both professional and personal circles this weekend, with reactions from outrage to understanding, so I...

Morning Headlines 3/11/19

Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices FDA has given surgical stapler manufacturers an exemption from publicly reporting problems to its MAUDE database of medical device failures, allowing them to hide widespread problems. Spokane’s...