Health IT

It’s long past asking “if” artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies will revolutionize healthcare. According to a recent survey, 80 percent of executives expect AI will be integrated into the patient experience within two years. At the same time, 81 percent of respondents agree their organizations are not ready for the societal and liability issues that will result from this change.
Jun 05, 2018 | Health IT
The group is being led by Babak Parviz, the creator of Google Glass. Medical applications are one of its major areas of focus, according to CNBC.
Jun 05, 2018 | Health IT
The price tag includes $292 million in cash and another $60 million in Teladoc stock. As part of the deal, Advance Medical co-founders Marc Subirats and Carlos Nueno will become executives within Teladoc and continue “to lead the Advance Medical business outside the U.S.”
May 30, 2018 | Health IT
Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush issued an apology for “regrettable incidents” after it was reported he had admitted to assaulting his now former wife, but he’ll remain CEO of the health IT company as its under pressure to accept a takeover bid from activist hedge fund manager Paul Singer.
May 21, 2018 | Health IT
The implementation of a Cerner electronic health record (EHR) system at the Department of Defense (DOD) has been suspended over problems with the platform’s usability and interoperability. Cerner president Zane Burke said those reports amounted to “fake news” potentially being spread by one of the health IT giant’s competitors.
May 18, 2018 | Health IT
TransUnion Healthcare has announced the acquisition of reimbursement technology company Healthcare Payment Solutions (HPS). Adding HPS solutions to its portfolio will boost TransUnion’s position in the post-discharge revenue recovery technology market, the company said.
May 18, 2018 | Health IT
Nearly a year after the deal was first announced, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and health IT giant Cerner have finalized a $10 billion contract for Cerner to replace the VA’s in-house electronic health record (EHR) system.
May 15, 2018 | Leadership
Health systems have made upgrades to revenue cycle solutions one of their top priorities in recent years, but C-suite leaders may not be happy with the results when it comes to reducing denials, according to a survey from Dimensional Insight and HIMSS Analytics.
May 14, 2018 | Health IT
Cerner owns 17.3 percent of the $29.7 billion global electronic health record (EHR) market, according to the annual Kalorama Information market share report, though No. 2 Epic leads the market for smaller hospitals and physician practices.
May 11, 2018 | Health IT
Made up of more than a dozen Amazon employees and led by manager Rachel Jiang—a veteran of Facebook and Microsoft who has been with Amazon since 2013—the “health & wellness team” within Alexa's division has been working on how the voice assistant can adapt to the requirements of HIPAA.
May 10, 2018 | Health IT
Nearly a year after it was first announced the Department of Veterans Affairs would be replacing its in-house electronic health record (EHR) system with a Cerner platform, the contract hasn’t been finalized. A senior VA official now says the agency’s acting chief has set a deadline of Memorial Day—May 28—to make a decision on the acquisition.
May 08, 2018 | Health IT
Nashville, Tennessee’s Change Healthcare has announced a collaboration with tech giants Microsoft and Adobe on a new patient engagement solution—one that Change promised would unite “engagement orchestration proven to work in consumer marketing with industry leading healthcare IT across the continuum of care.”
May 04, 2018 | Health IT
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested quotes for a “large electronic medical record system” that could assess the safety and surveillance of FDA-regulated products through the agency’s current systems for reporting adverse events and leverage the database of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
May 04, 2018 | Health IT
In the latest acquisition by health IT vendor Allscripts, it has purchased HealthGrid, a mobile patient engagement platform, for $60 million in cash and adding its capabilities to the Allscripts FollowMyHealth portfolio.
May 03, 2018 | Health IT
Cerner reported its first quarter net earnings fell by $13 million compared to 2017, with the health IT giant acknowledging the delay in finalizing its hefty contract to bring a new electronic health record system to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contributed to the decline.
May 03, 2018 | Health IT
A blog post from Shawn Martin, senior vice president of advocacy, practice advancement and policy at the American Academy of Family Physicians, argued the electronic health record (EHR) industry has failed to live up to promises to reduce costs, improve care and help avert dangerous medical errors—and what it needs now is a disruptive infusion of competition.
Health IT, Conferences
Apr 30, 2018 | Health IT
Eleven months after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) selected Cerner to replace its in-house electronic health record system, the $16 billion contract hasn’t been finalized. According to Politico, two men in the social circle of President Donald Trump may be to blame for holding up the project—and neither man officially works for his administration.
Health IT, Policy
Apr 27, 2018 | Health IT
In a speech at AcademyHealth’s Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C., CMS Administrator Seema Verma said giving researchers the same access to data for other federal health programs that they can currently utilize for fee-for-service Medicare can help support “the creation of tools to help consumer make better care decisions.”
Health IT, Policy
Apr 26, 2018 | Policy
Fewer quality measures, a shorter reporting period for Meaningful Use requirements and an increase in uncompensated rate payments were all positives in the eyes of hospitals in their initial reaction to the proposed 2019 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule.
Policy, Health IT
Apr 20, 2018 | Health IT
Physicians, hospitals and health systems cited a variety of reasons for looking for a new electronic health record (EHR) vendor, from seeking better functionality to meeting new regulatory requirements. The fact the change likely won’t bring a quick return on their investment, however, doesn’t seem to deter anyone looking to make a switch.
Health IT, Healthcare Economics & Policy
Apr 20, 2018 | Health IT
A state board in Illinois has recommended voiding a seven-year, $62 million contract for Epic to implement a new electronic health record (EHR) system at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago, finding some merit to Cerner’s claims that there was conflict of interest with the firm hired to evaluate the bids.
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