Morning Headlines 12/11/18

Former Director Of Healthcare Services Company Charged In Alleged $300 Million Investment Fraud Scheme Federal officials arrest Pavandeep Bakhshi, a former Constellation Healthcare Technologies board member, for his role in a scheme that attempted to trick investors...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 12/10/18

The physician lounge was abuzz on Friday due to a piece on CNN claiming that Australian researchers have developed a “10-minute cancer test.” Supposedly it “can detect the presence of cancer cells anywhere in the human body” and stems from research looking at the...

Morning Headlines 12/10/18

NHS banned from buying any more fax machines In England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock bans NHS from buying new fax machines and insists that they be phased out by March 31, 2020. Hospital Beds Get Digital Upgrade Hill-Rom’s newest hospital bed will include...

Monday Morning Update 12/10/18

Top News In England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock bans NHS from buying new fax machines and insists that they be phased out by March 31, 2020. The Royal College of Surgeons agrees, estimating that NHS still has 8,000 fax machines in service. Here we hospital people...

Weekender 12/7/18

  Weekly News Recap Apple’s Watch 4 OS update includes the ECG app and arrhythmia notification capability. Meditech acquires its London-based partner Centennial Computer Corporation as part of its creation of Meditech UK. A KLAS report finds that most EHR vendors are...

Morning Headlines 12/7/18

Partners goes down (and then back up) Politico reports that Partners HealthCare (MA) briefly took its Epic EHR offline Wednesday to handle unspecified technical issues. U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Walmart Announce Telehealth Collaboration to Reach...

News 12/7/18

Top News It’s been a busy week for Apple when it comes to healthcare: The FCC clears an Apple-branded sleep monitor built using technology the company gained from its Beddit acquisition last year.  Apple Watch 4 users who update to watchOS 5.1.2 can now use the ECG...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 12/6/18

  Following the ONC annual meeting at the end of November, I received an email that the slides and webcast would be “made available in the near future.” This always aggravates me after conferences, because by the time they make the content available, people have moved...

Morning Headlines 12/6/18

Enzyme Health Adds $1.7M for Clinician Telemedicine Job Marketplace Austin, TX-based Enzyme Health raises $1.7 million in a seed funding round led by Silverton Partners. Teladoc Health Refutes SIRF Report Claims Teladoc refutes claims of inappropriate relations and...

Morning Headlines 12/5/18

Curavi Acquires TripleCare, Prepares to Rapidly Expand Telemedicine Services UPMC-backed Curavi Health acquires competitor TripleCare, a telemedicine vendor that caters to the post-acute, long-term care market. MEDITECH UK Announces Acquisition of Centennial and the...

News 12/5/18

Top News A ProPublica report finds that the so-called “Mar-a-Lago gang” of three wealthy supporters of President Trump reviewed the VA’s proposed $10 billion Cerner contract before it was signed even though none of them had healthcare IT or military experience, naming...

Morning Headlines 12/4/18

ResMed to Acquire Propeller Health, a Leader in COPD and Asthma Connected Health Solutions, for $225 Million Connected health technology vendor ResMed will acquire Madison, WI-based Propeller Health for $225 million. Tabula Rasa HealthCare to Acquire DoseMe, a...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 12/3/18

My former employers at Big Hospital System recently reached out to me, requesting some assistance with practices they’ve acquired. In the years since I left, they’ve consolidated their empire onto a single EHR platform and have streamlined a number of IT departments...

Morning Headlines 12/3/18

U.S. judge raises prospect of not approving CVS-Aetna deal A federal judge involved with the final legal step in the CVS/Aetna acquisition delays court proceedings, telling lawyers that he is very concerned and that “you all are proceeding on a rubber-stamp approach...

Monday Morning Update 12/3/18

Top News Reuters reports that a federal judge involved with the final legal step in the CVS/Aetna acquisition feels as if he has been just a cog in the wheel of a shady business deal – one that vocal opponents have said will drive up costs and steer patients away from...

Weekender 11/30/18

Weekly News Recap Amazon will launch a software product for payers that combs through electronic patient records to find incorrect coding or diagnoses in an effort to improve quality and lower cost. The GAO will investigate rumored VA meddling by three political...

Morning Headlines 11/30/18

Xealth Launches Innovative Feature Allowing Doctors to Digitally Recommend OTC Products Xealth announces GA of software that enables providers to send patients digital recommendations for over-the-counter healthcare products, apps, and services from within their EHR...

News 11/30/18

Top News Unsealed court documents reveal that two Iranian hackers were responsible for SamSam ransomware attacks on 200 organizations earlier this year in the US and Canada, including Allscripts. The victims, which also included hospitals and municipalities, wound up...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 11/29/18

Recent data from Case Western Reserve University shows that hospitals meeting EHR Meaningful Use standards had average patient stays that were shorter than their non-MU-compliant counterparts. Digging deeper into the data, they looked at four years of information and...

Morning Headlines 11/29/18

Atrium Says Hackers Accessed Its Billing Records Billing services vendor AccuDoc Solutions reveals that a September breach of its database may have impacted over 2 million Atrium Health (NC)  patients.  HHS Issues Draft Strategy to Reduce Health IT Burden CMS and ONC...

Morning Headlines 11/28/18

Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health Amazon will launch a software product for payers that combs through electronic patient records to find incorrect coding or diagnoses in an effort to improve quality and lower cost. GAO to look into whether Mar-a-Lago trio...

News 11/28/18

Top News Amazon will announce this week launch of a software product for insurance companies that mines electronic patient records, including both structured and unstructured data. It will look for incorrect coding or diagnoses to improve quality and lower cost....

Morning Headlines 11/27/18

Mental health therapy at Walmart? It’s now a thing Managed care company Beacon Health Options creates a new business to oversee the launch of mental health clinics in retailers like Walmart, promising virtual access to providers during peak hours. Black Book Survey of...