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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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CareAlign, fixing that physician workflow–demo & interview

By MATTHEW HOLT I recently interviewed Subha Airan-Javia, the CEO of CareAlign. CareAlign is a small company that is working to fix the clinician workflow by creating a tool for all those interstitial gaps that the big EMRs leave, and now get moved to and from paper by the care team. In this interview she …

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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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Jonathan Bush Launches Zus with $35M & “Build-Your-Own EMR” Proposition for Health Tech Startups

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Jonathan Bush has “More Disruption Please-d” himself and is back at it with a new company, Zus (get it…like the father of Athena) backed by a $35M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, F-Prime Capital, Maverick Ventures, & Rock Health. “It’s ‘Build-A-Bear’ for EMR, patient relationship management, CRMs…” says Jonathan, …

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UPMC spins out AI-driven analytics company focused on chronic disease patients

Realyze Intelligence, incubated at and funded by UPMC Enterprises, provides a platform that uses EMR data to identify chronic disease patients and help clinicians link them to appropriate treatment options. The platform leverages not only the structured data available in EMRs but also unstructured clinical notes.

Patient Experience 2.0: A Shift in Priorities Defined by A Year of the Pandemic

Tim Dybvig, SVP of Patient Engagement at Experity The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the healthcare continuum within the past year, creating many roadblocks in the path towards high-quality care delivery. Amid these challenges, we have witnessed a significant shift in patient wants and needs, in addition to heightened demand for accessible, convenient clinical care. Notably, …

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Some People Don’t Think Like Doctors (!)

By HANS DUVEFELT This may come as a surprise for people with business degrees: Doctors don’t really care when a test was ordered. We care about our patient’s chest X-ray or potassium level the very moment the test was performed. We also don’t care (unless we are doing a forensic review of treatment delays) when …

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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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Why the Digital-First, Patient-Centered Care is Critical to Healthcare

Michael D. Robinson Vice President, Healthcare North America at VMware In the turmoil of one of the hardest years the healthcare industry has experienced, many healthcare organizations innovated nearly overnight, transforming bedside tablets into virtual care providers and parking garages into field hospitals. Through the help of agile, flexible technology, healthcare has empowered providers to …

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Boost Operational, Clinical and Financial Performance with Good Data

Peter Nelson, VP & General Manager, Global Alliances at GHX There’s an old adage that every challenge is merely an opportunity in disguise. COVID-19 highlighted the healthcare industry’s ongoing challenge with producing clean, standardized data. As the industry looks to rebound from the severe financial impact of the pandemic, there’s a renewed urgency among hospitals …

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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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Ro Nabs $500M to Strengthen Vertically Integrated Primary Care Platform

What You Should Know: – Ro, the healthcare technology company, today announced it has raised $500 million in Series D fundraising round led by existing investors General Catalyst, FirstMark Capital and TQ Ventures, with significant participation from existing investors SignalFire, Torch and BoxGroup as well as new investors Altimeter, Baupost, Dragoneer, Shawspring, Radcliff, and 776. …

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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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Wellstar Invests $10M to Become First Sharecare-Enabled Health System

Wellstar Health System, one of Georgia’s largest and most integrated healthcare systems, and Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on unique, market-leading innovations in personalized care delivery, population health, and consumer engagement. Through this partnership, Wellstar also will become the …

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Driverless Cars or Keyboardless EMRs? Which Do We Need Most?

By HANS DUVEFELT I love cars and dislike computers. My car takes me where I need to go, but it also gives me pleasure along the way. I have had it for just about ten years now and I have driven it almost 300,000 miles. It feels like an extension of me. Everything about it …

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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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Epic, Galen Healthcare, Chartis Group Named 2020 Overall Best in KLAS Awards

What You Should Know: – Epic was named the top Overall Software Suite for the eleventh consecutive year in the Best in KLAS 2021 Software & Services report, released today, which reports on the top vendors for 2020. Epic was also named the top Overall Physician Practice Vendor. Galen Healthcare Solutions was named the top Overall IT Services Firm. …

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CHIME-KLAS Report Reveals 10 Key EMR Interoperability Trends

What You Should Know: – New CHIME-KLAS interoperability report reveals steady progress in some areas related to interoperability and leaps forward in others. – A total of 67% of provider organizations reported they often or nearly always had access to needed records in 2020, up from 28% in 2017. Providers noted improvements in functionality and …

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Intelligent Automation of the Revenue Cycle: How an Integrated Platform Approach Yields Financial Results

Sean Barrett, Senior Vice President, Product and Digital Transformation, R1 RCM Healthcare provider networks are experiencing enormous pressure to manage financial margins and invest in contactless patient experiences. With overall financial losses projected to exceed $323 billion as a result of COVID-19, a projected $200 billion in administrative waste due to revenue cycle inefficiencies, and …

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Traditional RESTful APIs Will Not Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Interoperability Problems

Brian Platz, Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of Fluree Interoperability is a big discussion in health care, with new regulations requiring interoperability for patient data. Most approaches follow the typical RESTful API approach that has become the standard method for data exchange. Yet Health Level Seven (HL7), with its new Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard for …

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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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How to Capitalize on Digital Health Momentum in 2021

Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO of VirtualHealth As we re-examine the healthcare system in the wake of the pandemic, we are continually identifying opportunities to rebuild parts of the system to new and improved specifications. One critical facet is digital health, where we continue to struggle with what should really be table stakes: the ability …

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Despite COVID-19: Providers Should Not Lose Sight of MIPS Compliance

Courtney Tesvich, VP of Regulatory at Nextech When 2020 began, no one anticipated that complying with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—the flagship payment model of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP)—would look so different halfway through the year. Like many other things, the COVID-19 crisis has delayed, diverted, …

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M&A: Imprivata Acquires Patient Privacy Intelligence Company FairWarning

What You Should Know: – Imprivata acquires FairWarning Technologies, a provider of patient privacy intelligence. – The combined solutions will offer healthcare a single Digital Identity platform that integrates role-based access controls, identity governance, and data privacy compliance. Imprivata®, the digital identity company for healthcare, today announced the acquisition of FairWarning Technologies, LLC, a Clearwater, FL-based provider …

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KLAS: Epic, NextGen, Cerner Best at Making Outside Patient Data Usable

What You Should Know: – New KLAS report finds acute and ambulatory care EMR vendors Cerner, Epic and NextGen are best at making outside patient data usable for clinicians (data from outside the clinician’s health system). – KLAS report examines adoption and usability among advanced users of the main acute and ambulatory care EMR vendors. …

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Epic Pharmacy Progress Made But Gaps Remain, KLAS Report Finds

What You Should Know: – Despite pressure to take an Epic-first approach to software decisions, many pharmacies at Epic organizations have held on to third-party products due to the relative immaturity of some of Epic’s more recently developed pharmacy solutions. – Latest KLAS report explores medication inventory management (MIM) and IV workflow management—the two areas …

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HP Launches EMR-Integrated Print Solutions to Digitize Point of Care Workflows

What You Should Know: – HP launches patient-first print technologies to help healthcare workers stay safe and spend more time caring for patients. – Innovations co-developed with healthcare professionals include industry’s first sterilizable printers, exclusive EMR-compliant workflow solutions, and services to improve patient safety and privacy. Today, HP Inc. officially launched new print solutions for …

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WellSky Acquires CarePort Health from Allscripts for $1.35B

What You Should Know: – Health technology leader WellSky has agreed to acquire CarePort Health to power coordinated care transitions for acute and post-acute care patients for $1.35B. – By providing end-to-end visibility across the continuum, WellSky and CarePort can improve outcomes, lower costs, and increase patient satisfaction. WellSky, a global health, and community care …

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NVIDIA Develops AI Model to Accurately Predict Oxygen Needs for COVID-19 Patients

What You Should Know: – NVIDIA and Massachusetts General Brigham Hospital researchers develop an AI model that determines whether a person showing up in the emergency room with COVID-19 symptoms will need supplemental oxygen hours or even days after an initial exam. – The ultimate goal of this model is to predict the likelihood that …

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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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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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Memorial Health Deploys Chatbots to Virtualize Waiting Room Experience

What You Should Know: – Memorial Health System selects LifeLink Conversational AI technology to virtualize the waiting room experience for patients – Mobile chatbots to automate intake for telehealth and in-person visits, while maintaining COVID-19 social distancing and safety protocols. Memorial Health System , a community-based, not-for-profit corporation serving the people and communities of central Illinois through …

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M&A Analysis: 3 Benefits of Siemens Healthineers’ $16.4B Acquisition of Varian Medical

What You Should Know: – Siemens Healthineers and Varian Medical announce a $16.4B deal in an all-cash transaction on 2nd August 2020. – Deal expected to close in 1H 2021. – Varian Medical will maintain its brand name and operate “independently” – Siemens AG will drop holding in Siemens Healthineers from 85% to 72% as …

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Why Now Is The Time to Reimagine Healthcare Through Technology

Jeff Fallon, CEO, eVideon It wasn’t that long ago that people went to the bank on a Friday to cash their paper paychecks. Maybe they’d put some in checking and take some out in cash. They’d go to the grocery store over the weekend and maybe write one of those checks. Everyone always had to …

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5 Critical Considerations for Patient Privacy in Telehealth

Sachin Nayyar, CEO at Securonix The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous ripple effect across all industries, with one of the most impacted being healthcare. Providers have had to quickly adapt to supporting patients ‘virtually’ in a secure manner, while simultaneously developing procedures to support accurate reporting to government organizations. These changes have placed added …

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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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4 Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Establish Partnerships to Drive Innovation

With public and private healthcare spending significantly outpacing that of other countries, U.S. hospitals face intense pressure to find new ways to capture greater value. More and more, organizations are finding that partnerships with existing vendors can help unlock next-level performance gains in a transformative environment. Take Nebraska Medicine, for example. In the early 2000s, …

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Enhancing Patient Care With a Touchscreen EMR Interface

 Jeff Fountaine, Director, Healthcare Vertical Market, Elo A clinician’s mission is to deliver the best possible care to his or her patients. However, when technology gets in the way of the workflow, clinicians are obligated to spend valuable time making sure data inputs are accurate and complete across disparate systems. Nowhere is this more prevalent …

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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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Post COVID-19: 3 Things I Hope Healthcare Won’t Recover From

Randy Carpenter, SVP of the Executive Advisory Board at HCTec The loss of lives and livelihoods from COVID-19 is almost too much to comprehend. And yet, slowly, conversations are emerging about the positives percolating from the pandemic.  It’s human nature to want to look for the positives in even the worst of situations, and I’ve …

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Hospital Wayfinding: The Next Frontier in Healthcare Design

Christopher Thompson, RN, Director of Patient Experience, CenTrak Healthcare facilities and their sprawling campuses can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. In fact, facilities lose close to $800 million a year due to missed hospital appointments, and many physicians blame a significant portion of this lost revenue on the problems patients have navigating these facilities. …

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