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Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced it will pay $1.9 billion to acquire Flatiron Health, a startup founded by two former Google employees focusing on oncology-based electronic health record (EHR) software.

A federal judge in Florida has tossed out a lawsuit against Epic Systems, saying the plaintiff “parroted” the language of the False Claims Act without offering support for her claim that the company’s billing system software double-billed Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services.

For the eighth consecutive year, Epic was named the top software suite in the 2018 edition of the Best of KLAS: Software & Services Report, while Optimum Healthcare IT won the award for top overall IT services firm for the second year in a row.

While physicians have often blamed the meaningful use (MU) program for worsening their administrative burden and taking time away from patients, family physicians did believe more than half of the MU criteria was useful.

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor Allscripts may have restored service after being targeted by a ransomware attack, but now faces a class action lawsuit alleging it left clients vulnerable to hackers.

 

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Cerner names Brent Shafer of Philips North America as new CEO

Brent Shafer, new CEO and chairman of Cerner, has served as CEO of Philips North America since Feb. 2014 after previously holding the title of CEO for the company’s global home healthcare business between 2010 and 2014.

Allscripts buys Practice Fusion for $100M

Once expected to be valued at $1.5 billion, cloud-based electronic health records vendor Practice Fusion will be acquired by larger EHR provider Allscripts for $100 million in cash.

10 future jobs in healthcare

Managing a hospital without any beds and advising customers on what kind of health insurance plans fits their needs will be tasks assigned to new jobs in healthcare, according to Frost & Sullivan partner Reenita Das.

CMS: Secure texting OK, but not for patient orders

In response to a report that CMS had banned all text messaging between members of a healthcare team, even on secure platforms, the agency reaffirmed its stance that secure texting of patient information is allowed.

WannaCry attack, which impacted healthcare in May, blamed on North Korea

The WannaCry ransomware attack which affected hospitals in the United Kingdom and medical devices in the U.S. was the work of hackers in North Korea, according to Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert.

Cerner billing system lawsuit dismissed by Wisconsin judge

A Wisconsin district court judge has dismissed the $16 million lawsuit filed by Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based Agnesian Healthcare against health IT giant Cerner, leaving the door open to the dispute being settled through arbitration in Cerner's home state of Missouri.

Email most likely source of healthcare data breach

A survey of senior information technology and security professionals in healthcare found the most likely source of a data breach to be email—which the vast majority of respondents admitted to using frequently to transfer protected health information and consider critical to their organization.

Henry Ford Health System warns patients of data breach

The protected health information of 18,470 patients at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) may have compromised by a data breach the system first discovered in October.

UnitedHealth’s Optum starts $250M venture capital fund with AI, cloud investments

Optum, the consulting and services arm of health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, announced at the launch of a $250 million venture capital fund investing in data analytics and digital health firms.

VA Secretary: $782M needed to start transition to Cerner EHR

David Shulkin, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, asked a House committee to redirect $782 million of his agency’s budget to begin the switch from the VA’s legacy electronic health record system to a new Cerner platform.

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