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Private equity and venture capital raised nearly $7.2 billion globally in digital health in 2017, led by $1.1 billion in funding for artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics, according to Mercom Capital Group.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) have chosen Randy McCleese, MSIS, MBA, former CHIME board chair and chief information officer at Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Ky., as the recipient of the 2017 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award.

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.

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.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

Worries that hospitals will use EHRs to upcode may be overblown, new study finds

A study appearing in the latest issue of Health Affairs finds no evidence that hospitals are using new electronic health records (EHRs) to increase Medicare reimbursements.

Six powerful Congressmen push CMS for more ICD-10 implementation information

Exactly how ready is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to begin processing International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10) coded claims now, and how much more does it need to do before October 1, 2015, the mandatory implementation deadline? Six of Congress’ most powerful legislators are demanding to know.

Meaningful Use hardship exemption deadline passes without extension

The Meaningful Use attestation hardship exemption deadline passed on July 1 without any moves by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to extend the date for when eligible providers can file for an exemption, despite the pleas of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

CSC, Allscripts and HP Join to Battle Epic-IBM for multi-billion-dollar government contract

Falls Church, Virgina-based health information technology (IT) company CSC has announced that it will team with electronic health record (EHR) developer Allscripts and technology giant HP to make a grab for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) contract that may end up being worth billions.

Sutter Health launches its own health information exchange

The leading Northern California non-profit health system Sutter Health has announced that over the summer, it will begin deploying a health information exchange (HIE) system aimed at eventually allowing its doctors and hospitals to securely share clinical information with other providers, both inside and outside its network of care.

HHS attorney predicts big year for HIPAA fines

Jerome Meites, a chief regional civil rights counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), told attendees at last week’s annual American Bar Association conference in Chicago that he expects that over the next 12 months, the administration will collect even more in fines for violations of the privacy protections in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act than the roughly $10 million it collected in the past 12 months.

7 steps to determine the right amount to spend on IT

“How much should we spend on IT?” I have been asked this seemingly simple question for more than 30 years. The answer has always been the same. It depends on what you want to get back.

AMA issues policy recommendations for telemedicine and EHRs

Outside a select number of health IT physician experts who have advised government bodies and companies developing telemedicine and electronic health record (EHR) products, most physicians have been in a reactionary mode as health IT has advanced. At the 2014 American Medical Association (AMA) Annual Meeting, the members approved two sets of recommendations that seek to take back some of the health IT leadership role they ceded in the years watching from the sidelines.

Telemedicine stakeholders urge Burwell to change policies that stifle innovation

Outdated government policies are holding Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) back from making better use of technology to lower cost while simultaneously improving care say no less than 70 individual companies, institutions and groups in three separate letters sent to incoming U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

ONC releases 10-year plan for HIT interoperability.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of National Coordinator (ONC) has taken the brunt of criticism by health information technology (HIT) stakeholders, legislators and industry experts as to why, with millions in taxpayer dollars spent on incentives to encourage the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), better HIT is still not saving the nation much money.

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