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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

HIM can play important role in a successful merger

Combining health systems and hospitals means combining their health information, making the health information management (HIM) strategy a critical facet of any merger, which can be tripped up by poor planning or having an unhelpful electronic health record (EHR) vendor.

AHIMA17: Healthcare organizations recognize need for information governance

Implementation of information governance practices—or at least a need to implement them in the future—is growing, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

AHIMA17: 82% of consumers accessed their records through patient portals

Less than 5 percent of consumers had accessed their electronic health record through a patient portal in 2013. By 2016, that number had skyrocketed to 82 percent, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

AHIMA17: Ex-OCR advisor David Holtzman talks small provider security, federal budget cuts

A new administration in Washington, D.C., means changes for the regulatory landscape and enforcement for health information management, which will be the focus of David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at CynergisTek, during his presentation at this week’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference.

Allscripts closes on acquisition of McKesson’s health IT business

The acquisition of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) business focused on hospital and health system IT by Allscripts has been completed as of Oct. 2, a move which appears to have tremendous support among providers using McKesson’s Paragon electronic health record (EHR) system.

Senate Dems ask OIG to justify Sunday shutdowns of Healthcare.gov

The federal Healthcare.gov site that most states rely on for their Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges will be shut down for 12 hours for five of the six Sundays during the upcoming open enrollment period, as well as overnight on Nov. 1, the first day of open enrollment.

Cerner sued for $16M over billing system rollout

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based Agnesian Healthcare has filed a lawsuit against Cerner, claiming its revenue cycle management system had “pervasive errors” which has damaged the health system’s reputation and led to losses of at least $16 million and continuing costs of $200,000 per month.

ONC changing certification standards

Two major changes have been announced for the Office of National Coordinator’s (ONC) Health IT Certification Program with the aim of reducing burden for IT vendors and providers using their products.

What the new Medicare card will look like

CMS has released the design of the new Medicare cards which beneficiaries will begin to receive next year, containing a randomly assigned number to replace the current one based off a patient’s Social Security number.

Rural hospitals less likely to adopt comprehensive EHRs

Though most hospitals, even in rural areas, have now adopted electronic health records (EHRs), a “digital divide” is growing between larger hospitals and critical access facilities in rural areas.

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