News 1/4/19

Top News Alphabet’s life sciences company Verily —  the former Google Life Sciences — raises $1 billion in a new capital funding round. CEO Andrew Conrad says that the money will prepare the company to “execute as healthcare continues the shift toward evidence...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 1/3/19

I mentioned being tired from seeing patients the day after Christmas. Now that we’ve done our month-end close, I know why. We broke our own record and saw nearly 1,300 patients that day, 70-something of which were on my schedule. It truly takes a village to be able to...

Morning Headlines 1/3/19

HL7 Publishes FHIR Release 4 Health Level Seven International publishes the FHIR Release 4 standard. Bristol-Myers Squibb to buy Celgene in $74 billion deal The merger, if approved by shareholders and regulators, will create the US’s fourth-largest drug company. Jvion...

Morning Headlines 1/2/19

Epic Systems adds dentists, life insurers to its software network Epic’s VP of population health says the company is “moving beyond the walls” in creating a single repository for all of a patient’s electronic health records – dental, on-site clinics, drugstores,...

Morning Headlines 12/31/18

CenturyLink outage knocks out 911 calls, hospital’s patient records A CenturyLink outage left several hospitals without Internet service Friday, also taking down phones, 911 access, and ATMs all over the country. Cranky comments: detecting clinical decision support...

Monday Morning Update 12/31/18

Top News A CenturyLink outage left several hospitals without Internet service Friday, also taking down phones, 911 access, and ATMs all over the country. North Colorado Medical Center was forced to go back to paper documentation, while its parent organization Banner...

Weekender 12/28/18

Weekly News Recap Movie tough guy Carlos “Chuck” Norris warns against short PCP visits in which prevention topics are missing in action and doctors spend too much time entering EHR documentation. The New York Times predicts that Alphabet-owned DeepMind’s AlphaZero...

Morning Headlines 12/28/18

Livongo Focuses on Government and Labor Segment with Proven Executive Former Livongo sales executive Randy Forman returns to head up the company’s government and labor division following an eight-month stint at Vida Health. Can medical devices be hacked? Arizona...

News 12/28/18

Top News Cinematic butt-kicker Chuck Norris, who is a shocking 78 years old, talks about physician burnout in his monthly health column. He says PCPs have only an ever-shortening 7-22 minutes to spend with each patient, meaning that health and lifestyle counseling get...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 12/27/18

The holidays tend to bring out the best (or the worst) in people, depending on whether you work in the customer service sector and how harried your clientele might be. Healthcare has become less of a vocation and more of a transactional situation, where the customer...

Morning Headlines 12/27/18

One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine The New York Times describes Alphabet-owned DeepMind’s AlphaZero machine learning algorithm that not only became unbeatable in chess, it also appears to have used psychology to actually learn the game rather than choosing...

Morning Headlines 12/24/18

Banks Asks VA to Adopt Modern Appointment Scheduling System Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), chairman of the House’s VA technology subcommittee, questions the VA’s plan to implement Cerner patient scheduling, noting the VA hasn’t said what it will cost to move to Cerner...

Monday Morning Update 12/24/18

Top News Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), chairman of the House’s VA technology subcommittee, questions the VA’s plan to implement Cerner patient scheduling, noting: The VA’s Epic Cadence pilot under the MASS contract worth up to $624 million has been successful even though VA...

Weekender 12/21/18

  Weekly News Recap The VA considers terminating its patient scheduling contract with Epic and Leidos in favor of buying a similar system from Cerner. 3M will acquire MModal’s physician documentation technology business for $1 billion. Epic’s 75-year-old CEO Judy...

Morning Headlines 12/21/18

DrChrono Raises $10M from SQN Venture Partners Tablet-based EHR vendor DrChrono raises $10 million in funding. Cerner could snag another big VA contract The VA is considering terminating its $624 million Epic-Leidos patient scheduling system pilot project and buying a...

News 12/21/18

Top News 3M will acquire MModal’s technology business – most notably AI-powered physician documentation technology — for $1 billion. MModal’s transcription, scribing, and coding services are not part of the deal. 3M will remain an MModal partner in that business,...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 12/20/18

Big Data continues to be a buzzword and I enjoy hearing about novel applications. The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association recently published an article covering a system that uses online Yelp restaurant reviews to identify foodborne illness. The...

Morning Headlines 12/20/18

3M to Acquire M*Modal’s Technology Business 3M will acquire MModal’s AI-powered physician documentation technology for $1 billion. GE Files Confidentially for Health IPO, Buoying Stock GE firms up plans to spin off its healthcare business via a public filing that will...

Morning Headlines 12/19/18

Premier Health Announces Binding LOI to Acquire Cloud Practice Inc., a National Medical Software Application Company Canada-based health IT vendor Premier Health will acquire Cloud Practice, which offers an EHR based on an open source product developed by McMaster...

News 12/19/18

Top News HHS OCR issues an RFI for help in identifying aspects of HIPAA’s privacy and security regulations that may be impeding value-based care and care coordination. OCR is also interested in public comments about Privacy Rule changes it is considering, including:...

Morning Headlines 12/18/18

FDA Names Flatiron Health Executive Amy Abernethy Deputy Commissioner Flatiron Health CMO Amy Abernethy, MD joins the FDA as principal deputy commissioner. McKesson’s Change Healthcare is close to buying blockchain health-tech start-up PokitDok CNBC reports that...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 12/17/18

I recently had an invitation to attend a webinar on artificial intelligence in medical imaging. There was a recent article on the same topic that’s still sitting in my “to skim” pile, so I thought it might be good to go ahead and take a peek. I have to read diagnostic...