News 7/10/19

Top News Providence St. Joseph Health will convert a Seattle-area hospital to a “hospital of the future” in partnership with Microsoft. The organizations hope to improve the EHR, use technology such as natural language processing and machine learning, and help big...

Morning Headlines 7/9/19

Deputy National Coordinator Transition ONC Executive Director Steve Posnack will become deputy national coordinator when Jon White leaves in mid-August to become the associate chief of staff of research at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. iMedX Launches...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 7/8/19

  I was off the grid this week doing some volunteer work. Since I sent Mr. H my posts in advance, I failed to notice that Independence Day in the US fell on Thursday, so Happy Belated Birthday, USA. One of my volunteer partners is a US history teacher, who asked some...

Morning Headlines 7/8/19

Q&A: Providence Exec on Bluetree Acquisition, Trends in Health Tech Providence St. Joseph Health will create a billion-dollar company from its non-clinical projects, including the acquired Engage and Bluetree businesses and its Epic Community Connect hosting...

Monday Morning Update 7/8/19

Top News Providence St. Joseph Health plans to create a billion-dollar company from its non-clinical projects, which include the acquired Engage and Bluetree businesses (which offer Meditech and consulting services, respectively) and its Epic Community Connect hosting...

Morning Headlines 7/5/19

Q&A: Providence Exec on Bluetree Acquisition, Trends in Health Tech Providence St. Joseph Health says it will roll its non-clinical projects — Bluetree’s consulting, Engage’s Meditech services, and Epic Community Connect hosting — into a billion-dollar company...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 7/4/19

It’s that time of year when CMS releases updates to ICD-10 codes for the coming fiscal year. The files are now available and go into effect starting October 1. For those of you used to receiving a General Equivalence Mapping update along with your new codes, you’re...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 7/4/19

It’s that time of year when CMS releases updates to ICD-10 codes for the coming fiscal year. The files are now available and go into effect starting October 1. For those of you used to receiving a General Equivalence Mapping update along with your new codes, you’re...

Sexism vs. Cultural Imperialism

By SARAH HEARNE As I was getting ready for bed last night a friend shared a tweet that immediately caught my attention. Excuse me?! 🤯https://t.co/2h6bvTd0B7 pic.twitter.com/KpeXZt14NY — Dr Sammy (@sbattrawden) June 25, 2019 The tweet was of a paper that has just...

Morning Headlines 7/3/19

Government EHR proposals threaten patient privacy The American Medical Association warns that proposed federal rules allow patient data to be shared with third parties who aren’t bound to keep it private. Net Health to Acquire Optima Healthcare Solutions, Expanding...

News 7/3/19

Top News Outpatient therapy EHR vendor Net Health acquires Optima Healthcare Solutions, which offers a contract therapy EHR. Pittsburgh-based Net Health has quite a few industry long-timers on its management team:  Anthony Sanzo (TeleTracking), Kelley Schudy...

Morning Headlines 7/2/19

QGenda Announces Acquisition of OpenTempo Provider scheduling solutions vendor QGenda acquires OpenTempo, which offers clinical resource optimization tools. Telemedicine apps are thriving because working moms love the convenience of their smartphones Telemedicine...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 7/1/19

  One of the challenges we have in healthcare IT is figuring out whether different technologies bring an adequate return on investment. This can be particularly challenging when the expenditure falls to one team’s budget (such as information technology) but the cost...

Morning Headlines 7/1/19

Form S-1 Registration Statement – Livongo Health, Inc. Diabetes management technology startup Livongo files for a $100 million IPO. Public Comments on the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement Draft 2 ONC publishes the 100 comments it received for TEFCA...

Monday Morning Update 7/1/19

Top News Diabetes management technology startup Livongo files for a $100 million IPO. The company’s SEC filing indicates that the company’s revenue doubled from 2017 to 2018 to $68 million, but losses also doubled to $33 million. The company’s standard boilerplate...