From HIMSS 2/11/19

News Items HHS / CMS / ONC seem to have developed a knack for publishing important documents late on a Friday or immediately before the first day of the HIMSS conference. HHS released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for interoperability, as required by...

Morning Headlines 2/12/19

Francisco Partners Acquires Qualcomm Life Francisco Partners acquires Qualcomm Life from Qualcomm and will restore the name of Capsule Technologies, the medical device connectivity business that Qualcomm acquired in 2015. HHS Proposes New Rules to Improve the...

Dr. Jayne at HIMSS 2/10/19

I was eagerly awaiting my flight to the Sunshine State this morning, but the travel gods decided to conspire against me with an inch of ice that closed the airport and a good number of Interstate segments. I thought I was getting ahead by traveling in on Sunday...

Acquisition Announcements 2/11/19

  Francisco Partners acquires Qualcomm Life from Qualcomm and will restore the name of Capsule Technologies, the medical device connectivity business that Qualcomm acquired in 2015. The business also includes the 2Net medical grade mobile connectivity platform....

Morning Headlines 2/11/19

Catholic Health plows $100M into electronic records Catholic Health (NY) will spend $100 million to implement Epic over the next 18 months – its most expensive health IT project to date. OCR Concludes All-Time Record Year for HIPAA Enforcement with $3 Million Cottage...

From HIMSS 2/10/19

From Degree Checker: “Re: Hal Wolf. WTF on his undergrad degrees and no advanced ones?” I’m not quite sure how Hal’s undergrad-only degrees in business and textile management became the perfect qualification for running the sprawling HIMSS (although I bet he wears...

Morning Headlines 2/8/19

Health Catalyst Secures up to $100 Million with Financing Led By OrbiMed Health Catalyst secures up to $100 million in a Series F round led by OrbiMed, increasing its total to $392 million. Leidos, Mayo Clinic to collaborate on scaling transformative innovation to...

News 2/8/19

Top News Greenway Health will pay $57 million to settle Department of Justice allegations that the company falsified the certification process for Prime Suite EHR and paid kickbacks to customers who recommended its product. DoJ accused Greenway of falsely obtaining...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 2/7/19

Physicians are always up in arms about quality reporting, having been burned by payer, federal, and institutional quality programs. The American Academy of Family Physicians released a position paper recently that hopes to help influence the development and use of...

Morning Headlines 2/7/19

Electronic Health Records Vendor to Pay $57.25 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Greenway Health will pay $57 million to settle DoJ allegations that include misrepresenting the capabilities of its software during the certification process and doling out...

Morning Headlines 2/6/19

Cerner Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results and Announces Plan to Initiate Quarterly Cash Dividend Cerner reports Q4 results: revenue up 4 percent, adjusted EPS $0.63 vs., $0.58, meeting earnings expectations but falling short on revenue. CommonWell...

News 2/6/19

Top News Cerner reports Q4 results: revenue up 4 percent, adjusted EPS $0.63 vs., $0.58, meeting earnings expectations but falling short on revenue. The company announced plans to start paying a quarterly dividend of $0.15 in Q3 2019. Also in Cerner news, the company...

Morning Headlines 2/5/19

Amazon-led health venture hires technology chief to work under Gawande The healthcare venture of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan hires former Zocdoc CTO Serkan Kutan to head up technology efforts. Providence St. Joseph Health Announces New Enterprise...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 2/4/19

Our EHR friend John Halamka, MD co-authored a piece in the Harvard Business Review earlier this month regarding strategies for making EHRs less time-consuming for physicians. Their ideas are sound, although I’d like to expand on them a bit from the trenches. The first...

Morning Headlines 2/4/19

3M Completes Acquisition of M*Modal’s Technology Business First announced last December, 3M wraps up its acquisition of MModal’s technology business for $1 billion. Why You Should Be Careful About 23andMe’s Health Test The New York Times warns that 23andMe’s consumer...

Monday Morning Update 2/4/19

Top News Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives complete their merger to form the 142-hospital, $29 billion CommonSpirit Health. The new health system said in the announcement, “We didn’t combine our ministries to get bigger, we came together to provide better...

Weekender 2/1/19

  Weekly News Recap EMDs acquires Aprima Nordic acquires Healthtech Consultants Harris Healthcare’s Iatric Systems acquires Haystack Informatics The VA ends its pilot of Epic scheduling and will instead implement Cerner at all facilities KLAS releases “Best in KLAS...

Morning Headlines 2/1/19

eMDs Acquires Aprima, Further Strengthening Position as a Leading Healthcare Ambulatory Solutions Organization EHR and practice management company EMDs acquires competitor Aprima. Freshman Lawmaker Will Oversee VA’s Multibillion-dollar EHR Overhaul Rep. Susie Lee...

News 2/1/19

Top News EHR and practice management company EMDs acquires competitor Aprima. Reader Comments From On the Hunt: “Re: Health Catalyst. Completed its second RIF in six months, with all affected employees working in the HCI division (the former Medicity).” I reached out...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 1/31/19

  It’s officially HIMSS time, with the first set of party invitations hitting my inbox this week. I am sad to say that there is so much overlap I’m not going to be able to make half of what I’d like to attend – too many events on Tuesday evening, for sure. I’ve heard...

Morning Headlines 1/31/19

Secretary Wilkie: Revolutionizing VA Health Care VA Secretary Robert Wilkie downplays the notion that the agency is moving towards privatization in his remarks announcing new standards that will allow veterans to seek care outside of the VA system. EPAS no more as SA...

Morning Headlines 1/30/19

Breaking Down Barriers Between Clinical Trials and Clinical Care: Incorporating Real World Evidence into Regulatory Decision Making FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD outlines several ways in which the agency will use digital systems to make healthcare more efficient...