Morning Headlines 2/23/18

Duke Health First in the US to be Recognized by HIMSS Analytics for its Advanced Analytical Capabilities Duke Health (NC) becomes the first health system to earn all three HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 capability and maturity honors – ambulatory EHR, acute care EHR, and the...

News 2/23/18

Top News Duke Health (NC) becomes the first health system to earn all three HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 capability and maturity honors – ambulatory EHR, acute care EHR, and the new AMAM analytics model of which Duke is the first Stage 7 winner. Reader Comments From...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 2/22/18

The pre-HIMSS madness has started, with companies starting to churn out press releases that try to act very important but don’t actually say much. More than a few vendors save up even the smallest tidbits to try to release them for HIMSS, but miss the fact that their...

Morning Headlines 2/22/18

Practice Fusion is scrapping free software model after agreeing to sell to Allscripts Despite chief executive statements to the contrary, Practice Fusion will start charging customers $100 monthly subscription fees for its previously free EHR software. Mayo Clinic...

CIO Unplugged 2/21/18

The views and opinions expressed are mine personally and are not necessarily representative of current or former employers. First Days This is the last in a four-part series on key considerations and action items during your first 120 days in a new job. They say the...

HIStalk Interviews Kamal Patel, CIO, Ellkay

Kamal Patel is co-founder and CIO of Ellkay of Elmwood Park, NJ. Tell me about yourself and the company. I am one of the co-founders of Ellkay, along with Lior Hod. We started the business in 2002 in his basement. Both of us are developers. We learned about business...

Morning Headlines 2/21/18

Time to Release Medicare Advantage Claims Data A JAMA editorial calls for CMS to release Medicare Advantage encounter data to allow taxpayers to see how their money is being spent on its growing number of beneficiaries. Electronic Health Records Don’t Reduce...

The Intractable Debate over Guns

By SAURABH JHA, MD When Russian forces stormed the school held hostage by Chechen terrorists, over 300 people died. The Beslan school siege wasn’t the worst terrorist attack arithmetically – the fatalities were only a tenth of September 11th. What made the school...

News 2/21/18

Top News A JAMA editorial calls for CMS to release Medicare Advantage encounter data to allow taxpayers to see how their money is being spent on its growing number of beneficiaries. The article concludes that if the data is good enough to pay providers from, it’s good...

Morning Headlines 2/20/18

21st Century Oncology’s new CEO seeks to rehab company image, expand operations 21st Century Oncology announces it will expand operations after emerging from bankruptcy and tackling legal issues related to a privacy breach of 2.2 million patient records and an...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 2/19/18

From time to time, I contemplate heading back into the CMIO trenches full time. Although I do a lot of CMIO work in my consulting practice, it’s usually episodic and I miss seeing projects come full circle. I also miss being part of the strategic planning team,...

Health in 2 point 00, Episode 2

Here’s the second episode of Health in 2 point 00, hosted by Jessica DaMassa. She asks me as many questions as I can answer in two minutes. Hope you enjoy it! And if you have questions please email them to us or leave them in the comments–Matthew Holt View Entire...

Morning Headlines 2/19/18

Holy Cross CEO covers payroll, seeks more cuts Holy Cross Hospital (NM) says its financial problems are due to a problematic software rollout, its conversion to a critical access fee structure, Medicaid payment delays, and a lawsuit judgment that raised its...

Monday Morning Update 2/19/18

Top News Thursday’s meeting of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs covered the VA’s FY2019 budget request. Health IT-related topics: Committee members fretted about the appearance of privatizing of the VA in giving veterans an option to turn to community...

Weekender 2/16/18

  Weekly News Recap Drug maker Roche pays $1.9 billion to acquire oncology EHR and precision medicine vendor Flatiron Health, started just a few years ago by two guys in their 20s who were backed by Google Ventures (now Alphabet). Nokia will conduct a strategic review...

Morning Headlines 2/16/18

Alphabet-backed Flatiron Health is being acquired by Roche Drug maker Roche will acquire oncology EHR and personalized medicine vendor Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion in cash, giving the company a $2.1 billion valuation that includes Roche’s previous investment in...

News 2/16/18

Top News Drug maker Roche will acquire oncology EHR and personalized medicine vendor Flatiron Health for a $1.9 billion in cash, valuing the company at $2.1 billion including Roche’s previous investment in it. Flatiron had raised $313 million in three funding rounds...