Athenahealth to change hands again in $17B deal

Affiliates of Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman struck a deal to buy the health IT company from its current private equity owners. Veritas Capital and an affiliate of activist investor Elliott Management took the company private through a takeover bid in 2019.

After losing his sister to cancer, a former Apple exec wants to make it easier for patients to get their health records

Anil Sethi was the director of health records at Apple until his sister was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, and given weeks to live. After traveling with her to different doctors across the country, and helping carry her records, Sethi created his own company to pull together harder-to-find records, such as scans and pathology reports. 

Will Google Health Platformize the Electronic Health Record Market?

Geoffrey Parker Edward G. Anderson Vince Kuraitis By VINCE KURAITIS, EDWARD G. ANDERSON, and GEOFFREY PARKER The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated calls for the development of EHR 2.0 (electronic health record 2.0) – the next generation of EHRs with extended platform features and capabilities. Who will answer this call? While existing EHR vendors have made …

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Anthem, Epic strike data exchange partnership

The EHR giant will integrate its payer platform with the insurer’s operating system to facilitate two-way data exchange with providers. Through this integration, the organizations hope to support clinical decision-making and streamline administrative processes like prior authorizations.

The Art of the Chart: Documenting the Timeline

By HANS DUVEFELT The timeline of a patient’s symptoms is often crucial in making a correct diagnosis. Similarly, the timeline of our own clinical decisions is necessary to document and review when following a patient through their treatment. In the old paper charts, particularly when they were handwritten, office notes, phone calls, refills and many …

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Lawsuit: Cerner systems’ failure drove Astria Health into bankruptcy  

The Washington-based health system has filed a lawsuit against EHR giant Cerner saying it intentionally misrepresented its products and services. Cerner’s systems did not operate as promised, leading to severe cash collection issues at Astria Health and forcing it into bankruptcy in 2019, the suit alleges.

The Drive To Standardize Records: Progress or Chaos?

By MERLE BUSHKIN I recently asked my Primary Care Physician’s Medical Records Department for copies of my records covering the last eight months during which I had four office visits, five blood draws, and nine brief email exchanges. I should add that my PCP uses one of the two most popular EMR systems. To my …

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Behind the scenes of Beaumont’s Covid-19 vaccination scheduling breach

Beaumont Health’s CIO Hans Keil spoke with MedCity News about the incident where an unknown user publicly shared a link to access its Covid-19 vaccination scheduling services, the safeguards the health system has put into place since and what his team’s IT priorities are for the year ahead.

Beaumont shuts down Covid-19 vaccination scheduling for nearly 24 hours after breach

An unknown user publicly shared a link to access Beaumont’s Epic-enabled vaccination scheduling services, which resulted in 2,700 people making unauthorized appointments for a Covid-19 vaccine. The Michigan-based health system had to shut down its vaccination scheduling services and cancel the appointments.

EHR vendor athenahealth to pay $18M+ to settle illegal kickback allegations

The vendor has agreed to pay $18.3 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by offering illegal kickbacks to boost EHR sales. The company denies any wrongdoing and said it agreed to settle to “put the matter behind us.”

How Cerner plans to bolster rural hospitals’ telehealth efforts amid the pandemic and beyond

In a wide-ranging interview with MedCity News, Cerner CommunityWorks President Mitchell Clark discussed the healthcare challenges facing rural communities amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the company’s new free offering that aims to support rural telehealth.

Benefits of Medical Software Company Products

During the last couple of years, medical software has gained a lot of momentum. It’s crucial for monitoring the health of patients, and it’s one of the best ways to put human ingenuity to use. The market for this niche is getting bigger, and it’s going to cross 30 billion dollars soon.  Managers and local …

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New Covid-19 risk model available via Epic’s patient portal

A risk prediction model for Covid-19, developed by researchers at Cleveland Clinic, is now available to all health systems worldwide that use the Epic MyChart patient portal. The model will help clinicians estimate the likelihood of a patient testing positive for the disease.

What rural hospitals can teach their urban counterparts about patient engagement

Rural hospitals are grappling with high rates of chronic disease, lack of broadband access, and workforce shortages that are exacerbated by the low pay and professional isolation that are characteristic of rural settings. It is from within this digital divide that rural hospitals have learned so much they can pass along to their urban peers.