Electronic Health Record

HIMSS Delivers 9 Recommendations for Strengthening Primary Healthcare

What You Should Know: This week, The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) responded to a Request for Information (RFI) from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health on the HHS Initiative to Strengthen Primary Healthcare. The letter submitted on 8/1 calls for improved healthcare access, equity and outcomes to the US Department of …

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TidalHealth to Deploy AI Co-Pilot to Combat Clinician Burnout

What You Should Know: – TidalHealth, a health system dedicated to community health and patient-centric care, today announced a new partnership with Regard, a company developing an artificial intelligence (AI) co-pilot for physicians to help diagnose medical conditions, and hip. – Through the implementation of Regard’s software, physicians within the TidalHealth network are able to …

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Executive Roundtable: Can Innovation Alleviate Clinician Burnout?

The U.S. Surgeon General’s recent advisory about clinician burnout cited numerous societal, cultural, structural, and organizational causes—including excessive workloads, administrative burden, and lack of organizational support. The potential fallout of this trajectory is alarming: The advisory cites the Association of American Medical Colleges’ estimate on clinician demand outpacing supply, with an anticipated shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians predicted by 2033. No one would argue that …

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athenahealth Alums Launches Fold Health: Digital Health Tech Stack For Primary Care

What You Should Know: – A team of serial health tech entrepreneurs who sold their mobile EHR app to athenahealth has announced the launch of ed Fold Health, the first interoperable digital health tech stack for primary care. – Fold Health closed a round of $6M from former athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush, SkyFlow CEO Anshu …

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Epic Integrates Caris Molecular Testing Portfolio with Epic’s ORA Network

What You Should Know: – Caris Life Sciences (Caris), the leading molecular science and technology company today announced an enhanced partnership with Epic to integrate Caris’ market-leading molecular testing portfolio with Epic’s Orders and Results Anywhere (ORA) network. – Caris builds upon its current Genomics Module integration within the nation’s largest electronic health record provider …

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Regard Raises $15.3M for AI Co-Pilot to Diagnose Medical Conditions

What You Should Know: – Regard (formerly known as HealthTensor), a L.A.-based software company developing an artificial intelligence (AI) co-pilot for physicians to help diagnose medical conditions, announced its $15.3 million in Series A funding led by Calibrate Ventures and Foundry Group, with participation from additional investors. – The funding will be used to help …

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Olive Launches Autonomous Revenue Cycle (ARC) Suite

What You Should Know: – Olive, the automation company creating the Internet of Healthcare, today launched its Autonomous Revenue Cycle (ARC), the company’s flagship Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) suite of solutions. – Olive’s ARC is designed to handle tedious, time-consuming administrative tasks in the revenue cycle, allowing healthcare organizations to get paid quicker while reducing the …

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No Mask, No COVID-19 Pandemic, Right?

The end of the public transportation mask mandate, officially undone by federal Judge Kathryn Mizelle on April 18, may be recognized as the day the COVID-19 pandemic ended in America. Except it hasn’t ended in any real sense. The virus continues to produce new variants of greater or lesser transmissibility and lethality; for now, comparatively …

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CVS Health Launches New Virtual Primary Care Platform

What You Should Know: – CVS Health launches of its new Virtual Primary Care solution on a single digital platform for a more coordinated and consumer-centric health care experience. – The new offering, which is being sold to Aetna fully-insured, self-insured plan sponsors, and CVS Caremark clients now, will become effective for eligible Aetna members starting January 1, 2023, and for eligible …

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Geisinger Selects AWS as Strategic Cloud Provider to Migrate Over 400 Apps to AWS

What You Should Know: – Geisinger has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its strategic cloud provider and will transition its entire digital portfolio of more than 400 applications and numerous workflows to AWS. – The project will be one of the largest electronic health record (EHR) cloud migrations to AWS to date, expected to …

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Interoperability: A Powerful Solution to Staffing Challenges Continues to be Overlooked

Cynthia Morton, Executive Vice President for the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (NASL) Therasa Bell. Co-founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer at Kno2 (Boise) In our ever-changing world, clinicians nowadays must find more efficient ways to operate with fewer resources. Increased patient loads, reimbursement changes, rule and regulation adjustments and thin margins, …

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Osmind Secures $40M to Expand Mental Health EHR Platform

What You Should Know: – Osmind, a mental health EHR platform helping clinicians and researchers advance new life-saving mental health treatments, today announced a $40 million Series B investment led by DFJ Growth. The Series B round brings the total amount of funding for Osmind to $57M since the company’s founding in 2020. Justin Kao, …

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Luma Health & Change Healthcare Partner to Develop Solutions to Optimize Patient Journeys

What You Should Know: – Luma Health, a digital health company streamlining patient-provider communications announced a strategic partnership with Change Healthcare, a healthcare technology company that provides the connection and data transfer between providers, payers, and consumers. – The two companies will develop solutions to meet health systems’ demand for streamlined and unified clinical, operational, …

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What’s The Role of Digital Health in Public Health?

To a certain extent, the national conversation about the importance of a robust public health system has been happening for the last couple of years in the context of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. And yet, rather than discussing how the system can be strengthened and expanded, we’ve instead largely limited it to what the …

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Physicians Say Access Challenges Impact Their Care Plans for Up to 33% of Patients

What You Should Know: – Physicians would make a different therapy choice for 33% of patients if medication access was not a factor, and physicians had to change their treatment plan for 26% of patients due to medication access challenges, according to recent survey findings from OptimizeRX Corp. – The results of a survey of …

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Doceree Lands $11M for Physician-Only Platform for Precision Marketing

What You Should Know: – Doceree, a global network of HCP-only platforms for programmatic messaging raises $11M in a Series A funding round led by Eight Roads Ventures to enrich programmatic messaging offerings for health information technology (HIT) platforms to improve the distribution of hyper-relevant messages to prescribers. The round also included participation from F-Prime Capital and Alkemi Growth Capital. – Doceree’s platform offers real-time measurement solutions to understand …

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Why Digital Transformation is Imperative to Combat Healthcare’s Labor Crisis

Juan Pablo Segura, Co-founder of Babyscripts As the coronavirus pandemic first spread across the globe, health systems turned to technology and virtual care while focusing their efforts on COVID-19 and its consequences. Physicians deployed digital tools to keep the worried well out of hospitals, to keep beds open for COVID-19 patients, and to support and …

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What The Finance Industry Can Teach Healthcare About Digital Transformation

Mike Serbinis, Co-Founder and CEO of League The COVID-19 pandemic feels like a once-in-a-lifetime event for those of us involved in healthcare, but the patterns of how the crisis affected our industry feel familiar. Stop me if you have heard this before: incumbent players in a broad industry made very slow and fragmented technological advances …

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Researchers Develop AI Method for Personalized Diabetes Treatment

What You Should Know: – Hitachi, U of U Health, and Regenstrief researchers partnered to develop and test a new AI method to improve personalized care for diabetes patients needing complex drug treatment. – The new AI method can now be used to help determine an optimal drug regimen for a specific patient. Hitachi, University …

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UPMC Invests in Kyruus’ Provider Match To Optimize Patient Access

– UPMC, a Pittsburgh-based healthcare provider and insurer, announced it is expanding its strategic partnership with Kyruus to further optimize patient access.   – UPMC has been a Kyruus customer since 2019 and now will be directly investing in the company and collaborating on the future development of Kyruus’ ProviderMatch platform. Last year, UPMC expanded its relationship with Kyruus to …

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Tift Medical Integrates Sepsis Monitoring with Cerner EHR to Improve Early Detection

What You Should Know: – Clinicians now access Wolters Kluwer’s real-time sepsis monitoring alerts within Cerner HER at Tift Regional Medical Center. – POC Advisor’s highly accurate alerts and guidance are automatically delivered to the point of care to improve sepsis patient outcomes. Wolters Kluwer, Health today announced that Tift Regional Medical Center, the flagship …

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Crisis in the U.S. Healthcare Workforce: Why It’s Time to introduce AI

Andrew Pucher, CEO of Dascena, Inc. One of the many acute challenges during the pandemic has been the departure of approximately 18% of the U.S. healthcare workforce,4 resulting in staffing shortages in hospitals. This has impacted the well-being of the remaining healthcare practitioners 5 as well as their patients – many of whom are deferring …

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Force Therapeutics and Xealth Integrate to Drive Remote Care Management

What You Should Know: – Today, Force Therapeutics and Xealth are partnering to bring remote management of postoperative recovery and care plans into clinicians’ EHR workflows. – The Force platform delivers provider-prescribed digital education and video content for patients recovering from injury or surgery at home. The partnership integrates the Force platform with a provider’s electronic health record, enabling care teams …

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Healthcare Is A Cyber Criminal’s Dream, But It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Vidya Murthy, Chief Operating Officer at MedCrypt Healthcare is a cyber criminal’s dream. It presents the intersection of a data treasure trove, weak security posture, limited resources, complicated supply chain, and patient care delivery. When faced with having to pick a priority to optimize for, healthcare will, of course, always pick delivering healthcare. This means …

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Connecting the Dots – Building Data Bridges for a Better Healthcare Future

Jen Goldsmith, President Tendo Systems Healthcare data is increasing at an exponential rate. Approximately one-third of the world’s data volume is being generated by the healthcare industry. By 2025, the compound annual growth rate of healthcare data will reach 36% – that’s 6% faster than manufacturing, 10% faster than financial services, and 11% faster than …

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EHR Adoption is Essential for Outpatient Surgery to Remain Relevant in Managed Care

Tara Vail, Chief Growth Officer at HST Pathways In 2009, hospitals and doctors were given financial incentives to adopt electronic health records (EHRs) through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) were not eligible for these funds, and were therefore not incentivized like the rest of the …

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Q1 2021 Health IT/Digital Health PC/VE, M&A, IPOs/ SPACs Activity

The first quarter of 2021 has been one of investor optimism as the vaccine rollout continues ahead of expectations and economic activity begins to accelerate in response.  Within the Health IT industry, the already strong investment and M&A trends seen in 2020 have only accelerated.  Over the course of the quarter, we observed $7 billion in private …

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Time and Goals Should Drive Your Post-COVID-19 Care Management Strategy

Jessica Scruton, BSN, RN, CCM, VP of Clinical Transformation for Lightbeam Health Solutions COVID-19 forced many health systems to reassess and reconfigure their care management processes and staffing models so that clinicians could better manage more of their acute, complex, and otherwise healthy patients remotely to limit in-person care.  During this time, health systems likely …

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AKASA Raises $60M to Automate Revenue Cycle Operations for Health Systems

What You Should Know: – AKASA (formerly known as Alpha Health), a South San Francisco, CA-based Unified Automation™ company for revenue cycle management in healthcare, announced it has raised $60 million in its series B round of funding. – Founded in 2018, AKASA uses the same machine learning approaches that made driverless cars possible to …

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Nuance Acquires Ambient AI Assistant for Physicians Platform Saykara

What You Should Know: – Nuance acquires ambient AI healthcare voice assistant Saykara, Inc. to bring complementary AI technology and engineering talent to conversational AI and ambient clinical intelligence market leader. – Kara’s AI-powered healthcare voice assistant can be used during a physician-patient encounter without any voice commands, promising to eliminate up to 100% of …

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Evaluating COVID-19’s Behavioral Health Impact on the Economy

Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation We’re now in a new year and new presidential administration. At least three companies are producing effective COVID-19 vaccines, which are being administered to healthcare workers, teachers, and the elderly. By summer, hopefully a large majority of the population in most countries will be vaccinated. From …

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MetroHealth System, Care Simple, Epic Launch Remote Patient Monitoring Program

What You Should Know: – Care Simple, Epic, and MetroHealth System announced that they have entered into a strategic remote patient monitoring integration partnership. – Under the terms of the agreement, CareSimple will empower the Cleveland, Ohio public health system with simple, patient-friendly RPM solutions to improve health outcomes for their high-risk senior and chronically …

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Tyto Care Launches FDA-Cleared Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Medical Device

What You Should Know: – Tyto Care announces the launch of its fingertip Pulse Oximeter device, allowing users to measure their own blood oxygen saturation level and heart rate from the comfort and safety of home. – Expanding its clinic-quality remote capabilities, TytoCare users will be able to perform a remote blood oxygen exam, allowing …

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To Beat COVID-19, We Need A Modern Approach to Public Health Data

Ed Simcox, Chief Strategy Officer at LifeOmic The COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken 270,000 American lives to date, has shined a light on another crisis — the U.S. currently has no standardized system for reporting public health data. Health departments all over the country resort to using paper, fax, phone, and email to transmit and …

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DaVita & RenalytixAI Partner for Early Risk Identification to Help Slow Kidney Disease Progression

What You Should Know: – RenalytixAI and DaVita announce a program partnership that aims to slow kidney disease progression and improve outcomes for the nation’s estimated 37 million adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD). – This is the first clinical-grade program that delivers advanced early-stage prognosis and risk stratification, combined with actionable care management to …

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For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications

Catherine Thomas: Co-Founder and VP, Customer Engagement, careMESH  Peter Tippett MD, PhD: Founder and CEO, careMESH A recent Advisory Board briefing examined the annual Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Readmission penalties.  Of the 3,080 hospitals CMS evaluated, 83% received a penalty for payments to be made in 2021, based on expected outcomes for a …

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Cerner, Banner Health, Xealth Partner to Simplify How Clinicians Prescribe Digital Health

What You Should Know: – Cerner Corporation today announced with Xealth new centralized digital ordering and monitoring for health systems, starting with Banner Health, to foster digital innovation. – Health systems can prescribe digital therapeutics, smartphones, and internet apps directly within the EHR to address areas such as chronic disease management, behavioral health, maternity care, …

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5 Myth-Busting New Hospital ADT Notification Requirements

 Claudia Williams, CEO of Manifest MedEx When doctors know their patients have been to the hospital, they can act fast to provide needed support. Widespread use of hospital event notifications is associated with all kinds of health benefits, including a 10 percent decrease in readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries. These event notifications are one of the …

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MEDITECH Launches New Subscription-Based Cloud Platform Built on Google Cloud

What You Should Know: – Today, MEDITECH announced MEDITECH Cloud Platform—a suite of solutions available to healthcare organizations of all sizes that further extend the possibilities of the Expanse EHR. – This offering includes: Expanse NOW, High Availability SnapShot, and Virtual Care solutions, all created to work naturally in the cloud, and available through a …

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M&A: Olive Acquires AI Prior Authorization Company Verata Health

What You Should Know: – On the heels of $225.5 million dollars in funding and a $1.5B valuation this week, Olive today announced its acquisition of Verata Health to create a combined AI prior authorization solution for providers and payers under the Olive name. – Prior authorization is a $31 billion dollar issue in healthcare, …

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Nuance Sells Off Transcription and EHR-Go-Live Services Businesses to DeliverHealth

What You Should Know: –   Nuance announced that it’s planning to sell two sections of its healthcare business – Health Information Management (HIM) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Go-Live Services – to a new independent company, called DeliverHealth, in early 2021. – Nuance will be a minority shareholder of DeliverHealth and continue to provide its …

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Providence Taps Nuance to Develop AI-Powered Integrated Clinical Intelligence

What You Should Know: – Nuance Communications, Inc. and one of the country’s largest health systems, Providence, announced a strategic collaboration, supported by Microsoft, dedicated to creating better patient experiences and ease clinician burden. – The collaboration centers around Providence harnessing Nuance’s AI-powered solutions to securely and automatically capture patient-clinician conversations. – As part of …

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How RPA Can Help Get COVID-19 Vaccines to High-Risk Patients First

Ram Sathia, VP of Intelligent Automation at PK While most of the public’s attention is focused on the horse race for an approved COVID-19 vaccine, another major hurdle lies just around the corner: the distribution of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses. In today’s highly complex and disconnected health data landscape, technologies like AI, Machine …

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VA Announces First Cerner EHR Go-Live at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

What You Should Know: – Cerner today announced the historic and successful first deployment of a modern EHR at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA. – The go-live marks the first time in history three federal departments (VA, DOD, and USCG) are using the same EHR. Cerner Corporation today announced the historic and successful first …

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Kettering Health to Deploy Nuance’s AI-Driven Physician Documentation for ED

What You Should Know: – Nuance Communications, Inc. announced the Kettering Health Network has selected ED Guidance for Nuance Dragon Medical Advisor. – This AI-powered computer-assisted physician documentation (CAPD) solution will help reduce physicians’ administrative burden while lowering the risk of adverse safety events, missing diagnoses, and malpractice litigation – priorities for all physicians, especially …

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Lyft Integrates with Epic EHR to Enable Hospitals to Schedule Rides for Patients

What You Should Know: – Lyft is continuing to expand rideshare for non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) through a first of market direct integration with Epic, the largest electronic health record (EHR) in the U.S. – This will have an immediate impact on hospital operations and patients, with currently committed customers including Tampa General and Ochsner …

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Curation Health Raises Series A Funding for Clinical Decision Support Platform

What You Should Know: – Curation Health raises an undisclosed Series A round of funding to accelerate the adoption of its advanced clinical decision support platform. – Curation Health provides an advanced clinical decision support platform for providers and health plans that aids in managing risk contracts and improving quality performance. Curation Health, an Annapolis, …

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New Jersey Urology Launches First-Ever Urologic-Centric Epic EHR

New Jersey Urology What You Should Know: –  New Jersey Urology (NJU) becomes the first urology-only group to launch a urologic-centric Epic electronic health record (EHR). – NJU is the largest urology practice providing complete urologic care and comprehensive individualized treatment at more than 60 convenient locations, including six state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment Centers. New Jersey …

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Value-Based Reimbursement Contracts Now Account for 26% of Hospital Revenue, KLAS Finds

What You Should Know: – Value-based reimbursement (VBR) contracts now account for 26% of hospital revenue, according to a new report from KLAS research and CHIME. – Report reveals providers are looking first to their electronic health record (EHR) systems to drive PHM, and are most interested in investing in new healthcare information technology (HIT) …

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Accounting for the Social Determinants of Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Andy Aroditis, CEO, NextGate The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a medical crisis.  Since the highly contagious disease hit American shores in early 2020, the virus has dramatically changed all sectors of society, negatively impacting everything from food supply chains and sporting events to the nation’s mental and behavioral health. For some people, work-from-home plans …

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Why Hasn’t A More Holistic Approach to Patient Care Become The Norm?

When food production technology made it possible, wheat flour processors started to eliminate the tough exterior (bran) and nutrient-rich core (germ) of the kernel to get at the large, starchy part (the endosperm) only. The bread produced from this process is white and fluffy, and it makes great PB&Js and takes forever to grow mold, …

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VA Announces First Go-Live of the VA Electronic Health Record Modernization Program

What You Should Know: – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its first go-live of the VA Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program – launching the new Centralized Scheduling Solution (CSS) at the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System in Columbus, OH to make medical visits more efficient for care providers and Veterans. – …

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Nuance Advances Virtual Assistant Tech for Customers Using Epic EHR

What You Should Know: – Nuance advances conversational AI with Dragon Medical virtual assistant for Hey Epic! virtual assistant in Epic Hyperspace. – Building upon Nuance’s Dragon Medical solution already used by more than 550,000 physicians, this integration with Hey Epic! enables clinicians to conversationally navigate the EHR, search for information, place orders, and seamlessly …

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Lumeon Lands $30M to Expand Care Pathway Management Platform

What You Should Know: – Lumeon, the leader in care pathway orchestration announced it has raised $30M in Series D funding to extend the reach of its Care Pathway Management (CPM) platform. – The platform empowers providers to improve care quality, deliver better outcomes, reduce costs, and ultimately develop and scale new models of care delivery …

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Cerner Invests in Xealth to Jointly Develop Digital Health Solutions for Clinicians

What You Should Know: – Cerner and Xealth announce a collaboration to foster tighter physician-patient relationships by giving patients easier access to digital health tools. – These assets will be prescribed directly within the physician’s EHR workflow to manage conditions including chronic diseases, behavioral health, maternity care, and surgery preparation. – Cerner and LRVHealth have …

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Cerner Integrates Nuances Virtual Assistant Platform with Millennium EHR to Reduce Physician Burnout

What You Should Know: – Cerner expands its AI collaboration with Nuance to provide joint customers with more advanced natural language virtual assistant technology to navigate electronic health records (EHRs) using just their voice, giving clinicians more time to spend with patients and less time with a computer. – As part of the expanded collaboration, Nuance will offer Cerner deeply …

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Cerner Launches New Cloud-Based Offering for Rural and Critical Access Hospitals

What You Should Know: – Cerner announced a new offering, CommunityWorks Foundations aimed at reducing costs and speeding up the implementation process for Rural and Critical Access Hospitals. – This much-needed offering caters to small rural healthcare providers, who often face challenges such as geographic isolation, workforce shortages, educational disparities, and diminishing resources that can …

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HHS Taps Fenway Health as Pilot Site for Precision Medicine Project

What You Should Know: – Fenway Health has been selected as the pilot site to participate in the Advancing Standards for Precision Medicine (ASPM) project. – The ASPM project is focused on how healthcare providers can systematically identify the socio-economic factors that may impact the health of patients in order to provide more individualized care …

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Allscripts, Microsoft Ink 5-Year Partnership to Support Cloud-based Sunrise EHR, Drive Co-Innovation

What You Should Know: – Allscripts and Microsoft sign a five-year partnership extension to support Allscripts’ cloud-based Sunrise electronic health record and drive co-innovation. – The alliance will enable Allscripts to harness the power of Microsoft’s platform and tools, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Teams, and Power BI, creating a more seamless and highly productive user …

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