EMR/EHR

EHR Data Reveals COVID-19 Vaccines Effective in Preventing Hospitalizations, ER Visits

What You Should Know: – Real world evidence from electronic medical records (EHR) data reveals the COVID-19 vaccines  are highly effective at preventing hospitalizations, emergency department visits and intensive care admissions due to the virus, according to a study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  – The study, “Effectiveness of COVID-19 …

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Azalea Health Acquires dashboardMD for Integrated EHR‑based Business Intelligence

What You Should Know: – Azalea Health Innovations Inc. (Azalea Health or Azalea), a provider of cloud-based patient management and health IT solutions, today announced its acquisition of dashboardMD, an innovative cloud provider of business intelligence reporting solutions and healthcare analytics. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The acquisition pairs two true …

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Invitae Acquires Ciitizen for $325M to Strengthen its Patient-Consented Health Data Platform

What You Should Know: – Medical genetics company Invitae today announced its $325M acquisition of Ciitizen, a patient-centric consumer health tech company that offers a global platform to help patients collect, organize, store and share their medical records digitally. – Ciitizen is a patient-centric consumer health technology platform that enables patients to collect, store and …

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Mayo Clinic, Verily Partner to Develop Clinical Decision Support Solutions

What You Should Know: – Today, Mayo Clinic and Verily, an Alphabet company announced a strategic two-year collaboration to develop clinical decision support solutions. This modular, evidence-based decision support solution, will provide contextualized and validated knowledge on disease management, care guidelines, and treatment to help clinicians make decisions. – The clinical decision support tool will …

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Foundation Medicine Integrates with Epic EMR for Genomic Insights for Precision Cancer Care

What You Should Know:  – Foundation Medicine (FMI) announced today a partnership to integrate its comprehensive genomic testing services into Epic’s electronic medical record (EMR) platform, making it easier for oncologists to order comprehensive genomic tests (CGP), review results, continually access clinical and genomic information and share among their care teams in order to develop …

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Experity Launches $50M Urgent Care EMR/PM to Power On-Demand Care

What You Should Know: – Experity, the chosen partner of 50% of U.S. urgent care clinics, announced their new EMR and PM operating system in direct response to the pivotal, pandemic-driven movement towards on-demand healthcare. The company  has committed over $50 million in product and development to bring this new urgent care-focused EMR/PM to market in under two years. …

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Semafone Integrates with Epic to Secure Healthcare Payments

What You Should Know: – Today Semafone, a provider of data security solutions for call and contact centers, has announced an integration with EHR provider Epic to protect payment data and enhance the patient experience. – Semafone’s Cardprotect Voice+ solution empowers customer-facing personnel in the healthcare industry to take secure, compliant payments over the telephone. Cardprotect Voice+ …

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Moving Beyond EHRs: What Lies Ahead for Healthcare Digitization?

Chris Ingersoll, Principal Architect at Innovaccer As our economy has become increasingly digitized, we are generating a massive influx of personal data. Across industries, the winning companies are those that have successfully harnessed the value of that data to create unique and personalized experiences for their customers. How we shop, travel, and handle our finances …

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Foundation Medicine Integrates Genomic Profiling with Flatiron Health’s EMR

What You Should Know: – Foundation Medicine (FMI) announced today it will begin integrating with Flatiron Health and other electronic medical record (EMR) systems to make it easier for oncologists to order comprehensive genomic tests (CGP), review results, continually access clinical and genomic information and share among their care teams in order to quickly and efficiently develop personalized treatment …

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How to Bolster EHR Efficiency and Access to Offer Better Patient Care

Dessiree Paoli, Senior Solution Marketing Manager at Interlace Health Over the past few decades, technology has advanced health care in incredible ways. Between robotic surgery, training through augmented reality, and the use of wearables to enhance health data, the industry has embraced numerous advances to improve patient care. However, the industry’s relationship with technology hasn’t …

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Iodine Software Acquires Physician Query Platform Artifact Health – Health M&A

What You Should Know: – Iodine Software, a leading healthcare AI company, today announced it has acquired physician engagement platform company Artifact Health. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The acquisition brings together two industry leaders and expands Iodine’s clinical predictions and insights platform beyond clinical documentation improvement (CDI) teams to directly engage …

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Banner Health Launches Digital Health Program with Xealth & Babyscripts

What You Should Know:  –  Banner Health announced the launch of its digital health program with Xealth to enable digital health at scale. Banner Health is making it simpler for medical providers to order digital health solutions directly from its Cerner EHR, helping to strengthen its connection with patients across its 30 acute-care hospitals and other entities. The launch will begin with Babyscripts, a leading virtual care platform for managing obstetrics. – Available …

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athenahealth integrates Nuance’s Dragon Medical to Reduce Documentation Time

What You Should Know: – athenahealth and Nuance® Communications announced the integration of Nuance’s cloud-based speech and virtual assistant technology, Dragon® Medical, into the athenaOne® EHR and Mobile App. – 94 percent of clinicians believe speech recognition and virtual assistant technology will improve the ability to document care. Meeting the needs of clinicians everywhere, athenaOne Dictation users can now take advantage of fully …

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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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Allscripts Launches ADP Empower to Amplify Diverse Voices in Health IT

What You Should Know: – Allscripts announced its team that leads the Allscripts Developer Program (ADP) has launched ADP Empower, a new program designed to amplify diverse voices in the healthcare technology industry and offer valuable resources to underrepresented entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and accelerate innovation. – The Allscripts Developer Program aims to build …

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CareCloud to Pay $3.8M to Settle Whistleblower Case Alleging Kickbacks

What You Should Know: – Miami-based EHR company CareCloud has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the federal government to settle a “qui tam” lawsuit filed on behalf of a whistleblower by Phillips & Cohen LLP that alleged CareCloud paid kickbacks to healthcare providers to boost sales of its EHR products. – The “relator” (whistleblower) …

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Cerner to Provide Access to More Than 54M Patient Records for Life Insurance Industry

What You Should Know: – Cerner has taken another step into the life insurance industry today with an strategic collaboration with MIB, a company providing risk management services to hundreds of insurance companies in the United States and Canada. – The agreement will establish MIB as the exclusive collaborator to provide access to digital patient data from Cerner …

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PatientKeeper Integrates with MEDITECH Expanse EHR for Physicians’ Mobile Devices

What You Should Know: – PatientKeeper, a provider of electronic health records (EHR) optimization software solutions, today announced it has integrated its mobile app with the MEDITECH® Expanse™ hospital EHR system, enabling healthcare providers to view inpatient data stored in Expanse on their iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. – Physicians using the Expanse acute-care …

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MEDITECH, WELL Health Partner to Enhance Digital Patient Engagement

What You Should Know: – MEDITECH recently announced Expanse Patient Connect, powered by WELL Health, a contemporary, mobile solution enabling bidirectional, communication between healthcare organizations and their patients. Available through the MEDITECH Cloud Platform, the solution leverages WELL Health’s automated patient interaction functionality to improve provider efficiency and keep patients and their families connected to their care …

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UK ED Dept. Shows Poor Usability for Major EHRs, Survey Finds

What You Should Know: – Emergency doctors in the UK have said many electronic health records (EHRs) in use are close to being unacceptable, and this is likely to be having a negative impact on patient care. A national survey of more than 1500 members and fellows of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine ranked …

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Long-Time Cerner Board Member Linda M. Dillman Passes Away

Linda M. Dillman What You Should Know: – Linda M. Dillman, a long-time and trusted Cerner Corporation board member, passed away on Saturday, March 13. – Dillman retired from QVC in January 2017, having served as its Chief Information Officer since January 2012. Previously, she held positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer …

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MEDITECH Expanse Leads Customer Satisfaction for Small Community Hospitals, KLAS Report Finds

What You Should Know: – Small community hospitals (1–200 beds) leaders cite MEDITECH Expanse Acute Care EMR as a leader in delivering the most consistent customer experience, according to a new KLAS report. The KLAS report reveals that while Epic and Cerner EMRs leads in performance among large organizations they don’t deliver as consistently for …

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Why Patients, Not EHRs, Deserve our Undivided Attention

Prayus Tailor, MD, FASN We cannot earn patients’ trust and respect if we are tethered to a computer in the exam room, navigating the EHR concurrent to a visit or otherwise in a hurry to finish so we can return to our office where data entry to the EHR awaits us. ______________________________________________________ I am a …

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DrChrono’s Open FHIR API Enables Patients to Transfer Records to Apple Health

What You Should Know: – DrChrono announces today that its open FHIR API is now live enabling its patient members to securely transfer their available health records out of DrChrono into the Apple Health app on the iPhone so their medical information is consolidated and always with them. – The Health Records feature is part …

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Canadian-Based EMR MEDFAR Raises $25M to Expand Into North America

What You Should Know: – MEDFAR Clinical Solutions, a Montreal-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR) provider in Canada, announced today a minority investment of nearly $25 million led by Walter Capital Partners. – MEDFAR’s cloud-based EMR solutions, MYLE and PLEXIA, are built with physicians in mind. MEDFAR R&D is performed in partnership with doctors and healthcare administration and is …

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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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Modernizing Medicine Acquires Orthopedic EHR Platform Exscribe – M&A

What You Should Know: – Modernizing Medicine announced it has acquired orthopedics EHR vendor Exscribe bringing together two of the healthcare industry’s leading, all-in-one orthopedic EHR vendors. – As part of the acquisition, Exscribe Founder and CEO, Dr. Sachdev and other members of the Exscribe team will be joining Modernizing Medicine. Specialty-specific EHR provider Modernizing …

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Meaningful Use of Genomics Requires Informatics Beyond EMRs

Assaf Halevy, Founder and CEO of 2bPrecise Electronic medical records (EMRs) are widely expected to serve as a cornerstone technology that drives the delivery of modern patient care.  But can the EMR alone support all the informatics capabilities required by an ever-evolving healthcare industry? The rapid growth of precision medicine, particularly the use of genetic …

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Withings, Redox Partner to Make Remote Patient Monitoring Devices Integrated With All EHRs

What You Should Know: – Withings partners with healthcare IT integration company Redox, which will make its remote patient monitoring solution, Withings MED·PRO CARE, compatible with nearly all EHRs used by physicians, hospitals, and medical institutions. – Through the partnership, physicians can now order and ship Withings clinically-validated connected health devices directly to their patients …

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Elation Health Nabs $40M for Clinical-First Solution to Power Independent Primary Care

What You Should Know: – Elation Health, which provides an easy-to-use and affordable clinical technology platform for more than 7 million independent primary care clinicians serving 14M+ patients – including an EHR raises $40M in Series C funding from Al Gore’s sustainable investment firm, Generation Investment Management. – Elation’s API-enabled platform also allows organizations to …

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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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NeuroFlow Joins Epic App Orchard for Behavioral Health Integration

What You Should Know: –  NeuroFlow, the leader in technology-enabled behavioral health integration, is now available to healthcare providers through Epic’s App Orchard marketplace. NeuroFlow combines provider workflow augmentation solutions, clinical care dashboards, and a patient-facing application to create a clinical feedback loop centered around behavioral health. – Patient generated data including validated assessment scores, mood and …

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Cleveland Clinic Develop COVID-19 Risk Prediction Model through Epic MyChart

What You Should Know: – Cleveland Clinic develops the COVID-19 risk prediction model through Epic MyChart that is now available to health systems around the world. – Healthcare organizations can present the clinically validated model to patients in MyChart to assess their risk of having COVID-19. Cleveland Clinic researchers have developed a COVID-19 risk prediction …

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Epic Expects More Than 90 Health Systems to Go-Live on EHR This Fall

What You Should Know: – Epic Systems announces that more than 90 health systems across nine counties are expected to go-live on Epic, marking this fall as the busiest install season in Epic’s 41+ year history. – Healthcare organizations in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United …

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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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Cerner Releases Open Call for EHR-Integrated Voice Assist Testing Partners

Cerner announces an open call for additional health systems to sign on as testing partners of their EHR-integrated Voice Assist technology. Voice Assist will allow clinicians to interact with the EHR by just using their voice. Clinicians will be able to issue voice commands to complete a range of tasks that can save significant time …

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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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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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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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Why International Expansion Must Remain a Priority for Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, MEDITECH

What You Should Know: – How the top US acute EHR vendors, namely Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, and MEDITECH (+85% share of US acute market in terms of revenues), have progressed on international expansion. As highlighted below, there is a significant variance amongst the big four in terms of revenue and share of business outside the US. Cerner has by far the highest revenue at more …

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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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Epic to Consolidate Four Departments into One Division

EHR leader Epic is planning a major internal consolidation that will affect thousands of Epic associates. According to a company-wide email sent to staff on 8/14, Epic will consolidate the End User Training, Implementation, Quality Assurance, and Technical Communications departments into the Application Services Division, effective immediately. The email did not imply that any jobs …

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Verisk Launches EHR Triage Engine to Help Speed Approval of Life Insurance Apps

What You Should Know: – Verisk launches its new EHR Triage Engine, a tool that uses data from consumer-authorized electronic health records (EHRs) to help life insurers fast-track many applications for coverage. – The EHR Triage Engine bypasses manual workflows, leveraging advanced predictive analytics and automation to digitally ingest and analyze EHRs and the tool …

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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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Allscripts & eClinicalWorks EMRs Not A Good Fit for Ambulatory Pediatric Practices, KLAS Report Finds

What You Should Know: – According to a recent KLAS report, Allscripts and eClinicalWorks EMRs are not a good fit for pediatric practices, while Greenway Intergy is improving. – PCC, athenahealth, and Office Practicum EMRs named best suited for pediatric offices. Despite their unique needs, many ambulatory pediatric offices are expected to “make do” with …

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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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Change Healthcare Launches SmartPay Integration with Epic MyChart to Improve Patient Payments

What You Should Know: – Change Healthcare’s SmartPay integration with Epic MyChart helps facilitate patient payments both pre- and post-service, and connectivity with Hyperspace® creates a “one-stop shop” experience that lets providers’ staff stay within Epic to process point-of-service payments. – Change Healthcare’s SmartPay Payment Integration for MyChart and encrypted device integration is available in …

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Banner Health to Implement Cerner Revenue Cycle Management Across Enterprise

What You Should Know: – Cerner and long-time client Banner Health announced a new deal to implement a comprehensive suite of revenue cycle management solutions as part of a long-standing strategic alignment to use health care technology to drive population health improvement. – The revenue cycle integration will take place across Banner Health’s entire system, including …

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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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Health Catalyst Acquires Clinical Workflow Optimization Solution healthfinch

What You Should Know: – Health Catalyst announces an agreement to acquire clinical workflow optimization solution healthfinch using a mix of stock and cash. – As part of the acquisition, healthfinch will be a new application suite category called EMR Embedded Insights and its refills, care gaps closure, and visit planning applications will continue to …

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