Monday Morning Update 6/17/19

Top News The local paper’s review of the June 2 ransomware attack on Estes Park Health (CO), which includes a 23-bed critical access hospital, contains interesting nuggets: The ransomware took down the health system’s network, phones, and email. The health system’s...

Weekender 6/14/19

  Weekly News Recap Allscripts announces plans to acquire specialty drug prescription prior authorization platform vendor ZappRx. GE Ventures looks for a buyer for its stake in 100-plus startups that include 27 healthcare companies. French company Dassault Systèmes...

Morning Headlines 6/14/19

Allscripts is buying ZappRx, a prescription drug start-up Allscripts will buy specialty drug prescription prior authorization platform vendor ZappRx, according to reports, as it moves toward diversifying its EHR business. General Electric wants to sell its stake in...

News 6/14/19

Top News Allscripts will buy specialty drug prescription prior authorization platform vendor ZappRx, according to reports, as it moves toward diversifying its EHR business. The acquisition price was not disclosed, but is reportedly less than the $41 million ZappRx...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 6/13/19

  I’m an avid reader and was very excited to hear about “Code Blue” by Mike Magee. The author is a physician and chronicles decades of bad behavior by what he calls the “Medical Industrial Complex” of self-interested parties that drive our healthcare non-system. Magee...

Morning Headlines 6/13/19

Congress Questions Leadership of VA Health Record Overhaul Lawmakers continue to express frustration with a lack of leadership over the VA and DoD’s EHR projects, calling the proposed Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization Program Office more of a concept than...

Morning Headlines 6/12/19

Humana and Epic to Enhance Patient, Provider and Payer Collaboration Epic will integrate Humana’s real-time prescription benefits checking tool within its e-prescribing workflow. EQT to Sell Press Ganey Swedish investment firm EQT will sell healthcare advisory and...

News 6/12/19

Top News Epic will integrate Humana’s real-time prescription benefits checking tool within its e-prescribing workflow, giving prescribers drug efficacy and cost information at the time of prescribing. Other elements of the relationship include work with prior...

Morning Headlines 6/11/19

Connecticut and Illinois Open Investigation into Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp Data Breach Attorneys general from Connecticut and Illinois launch an investigation into the cause of the American Medical Collection Agency breach, which may have exposed the data of 20...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 6/10/19

As much as clinicians complain about EHRs, they can be powerful tools for data analytics. I’ve worked with a number of organizations that have embraced the ability of the EHR and practice management systems to help them understand why their schedules are backed up and...

Morning Headlines 6/10/19

Medisanté Enters U.S. Market and Chairs the Direct-to-Cloud IoT Activity Work Group in the Personal Connected Health Alliance Switzerland-based medical Internet of Things vendor Medisanté enters the US market with the opening of an office in Bridgewater, NJ. KRMC...

Monday Morning Update 6/10/19

Top News A physician’s New York Times opinion piece says corporatized healthcare is cynically taking advantage of the professionalism of doctors and nurses by assuming they will work extra hours without extra pay, with the biggest overtime culprit being the EHR. The...

Weekender 6/7/19

Weekly News Recap A breach of American Medical Collection Agency exposes the information of 19 million of patients of national lab companies LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics The six former National Coordinators express their support for the proposed interoperability...

Morning Headlines 6/7/19

Champion Healthcare Technologies Receives Investment from The Riverside Company The Riverside Company acquires medical device tracking software vendor Champion Healthcare Technologies from Jump Capital for an undisclosed sum. Bain Capital, 5 others in race to buy...

News 6/7/19

Top News LabCorp joins the roster of companies impacted by the American Medical Collection Agency breach, notifying nearly 8 million customers that their personal and financial data may have been exposed. Opko Health’s 422,000 BioReference Lab customers were also...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 6/6/19

  The American Board of Family Medicine takes a step towards interoperable encounters of the professional kind by becoming the first American Board of Medical Specialties member Board to implement automated licensure updates for US licensees. Instead of Diplomates...

Morning Headlines 6/6/19

Carbon Health Secures $30 Million Series B Funding To Reimagine The Consumer Healthcare Retail Experience And Accelerate Expansion Into New Markets Nationwide San Francisco-based primary and urgent care company Carbon Health raises $30 million in a Series B funding...

Morning Headlines 6/5/19

Former National Health IT Coordinators Respond To Proposed ONC, CMS Interoperability Rules All six former National Coordinators pledge their support for the proposed ONC/CMS interoperability rules, saying they will transform information flow, spur innovation, and...

News 6/5/19

Top News All six former National Coordinators pledge their support for the proposed ONC/CMS interoperability rules in a Health Affairs article. They say the rules will transform information flow, spur innovation, and empower consumers. They also observe that: Rapid...

Morning Headlines 6/4/19

Biden Cancer Initiative Announces the Oncology Clinical Trial Information Commons Former Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer initiative will include data from nine organizations including IBM Watson Health and Ciitizen as part of a new clinical trial data sharing...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 6/3/19

  Maybe I am becoming less tolerant as I get older, but I seem to be very easily tired by people in this industry who talk a good game, but are unable to get any of their ideas to fruition. It’s especially tiresome when these folks are hired by major organizations at...

Morning Headlines 6/3/19

EHR Developers are Aligned with Goals of Cures NPRM, Hope ONC will Remove Ambiguity and Reassess Timeline The vendor members of the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association raise “significant concerns” in draft comments about proposed federal rules covering...