Health IT

Lloyd B. Minor, the dead of Stanford University School of Medicine, equated problems harnessing the positives of EHR with the microscope. It took 70 years for that game-changing tool to lead to scientific breakthroughs—a delay that might have to do as much with the user as the instrument itself.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is about to undergo a massive, $16 billion revamp of its electronic health record (EHR) system. A month after a $10 million deal with Cerner was finalized, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) released a report that found the VA spent $3 billion on EHR support between 2015 and 2017.

In a June 18 release, HHS announced a ruling against the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston requiring $4.3 million in civil penalties due to three data breaches from 2012 and 2013.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.