Kareo Raises $55M to Expand Small Physician Practice EHR

  Kareo, a cloud-based EHR provider for independent medical practices has closed $55.4 million in additional funding led by Montreux Equity Partners with participation from Silver Lake Partners and all of Kareo’s existing investors. This capital will finance the continued development of Kareo’s product line—which enables physicians to manage all major aspects of their practice—as well as expand the company’s market share. Montreux joins Kareo’s top-tier institutional investors, which
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Cerner, Leidos, Accenture Awarded $9B DoD EHR Contract

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After an intense bidding war, the Department of Defense has awarded Cerner, Leidos and Accenture Federal Service with DoD EHR Modernization contract. The DoD EHR contract valued at over $4.33 billion will serve 55 hospitals and 600 clinics and must be interoperable with other EHRs. The winning team was selected over the the remaining finalist teams: Epic Systems and IBM and Allscripts aligned with Computer Sciences Corp. and Hewlett-Packard. DoD EHR Contract Details The total cost of
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Aetna Executive Joins Welltok as New Chief Technology and Product Officer

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Welltok, developers of the CaféWell Health Optimization Platform that guides and incentivizes consumers, announced today the appointment of Brian Garcia as chief technology and product officer. With an established reputation for bringing user-centered design to product and technology, Garcia will lead the ongoing development and architecture of the company’s consumer enterprise platform at a time of exponential growth and innovation for Welltok. Garcia most recently served as the chief
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Why EMR Patient Portal Technology Isn’t the Answer

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In the 80's there was a popular phrase in the IT space: "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM." Buying IBM was a "safe bet" that wouldn't get questions or scrutiny from company leadership. The same today could be said about EMRs. Purchasing one of the "Big 3" EMR systems to meet federal requirements for incentive programs has been a no-brainer for the last decade. However, now that meaningful use of those records by patients is necessary, many medical professionals are struggling with their
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GHX Supply Chain Helps Hospitals Integrate GDSN Data

Private Equity Firm Acquires GHX, Healthcare Supply Chain Leader

As providers work to comply with ongoing FDA regulation rollouts for Unique Device Identifiers (UDI), as well to as improve supply chain efficiencies and visibility, ensuring clean, standardized product data is increasingly essential. Today, healthcare supply chain leader GHX introduced the latest version of its NuVia content management solution that integrates data from the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). With this release, GHX enables healthcare providers to access relevant
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Report: Multimedia Patient Engagement Programs Increases HCAHPS Scores

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Emmi Solutions, a provider of outcomes-driven patient engagement, analyzed nearly 100,000 HCAHPS surveys from multiple service lines in 29 hospitals across the country and demonstrated that patients who viewed one of the company’s web-based, interactive programs reported higher patient satisfaction scores when compared with patients who had not. Patient satisfaction scores have always been important to providers but now that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are tying
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Is Accountability The Missing Element in Better Healthcare?

Irv Lichtenwald, Medsphere Systems CEO

Editor’s Note: Irv Lichtenwald is president and CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation, the solution provider for the OpenVista electronic health record. Prior to joining Medsphere, he served as CFO of Advent Software, a leading provider of investment management solutions. Between 1995 and 2003, Irv led Advent through three public stock offerings. Who is accountable for the actions of Adam Lanza, the troubled young man who in December 2012 killed 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut? He is, of
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Ryan Howard Talks How Practice Fusion Overcame the Free EHR Stigma

Practice Fusion Signs Care Coordination Deals with 2 Clinically Integrated Networks

The faith in EHR technology to cure our health system’s ills may be dwindling, but not for Practice Fusion’s CEO and founder Ryan Howard. Today, his San Francisco-based company is dominating the competition by offering the largest mobile cloud-based, Meaningful-Use-certified EHR platform in the U.S. And it’s free. So how did a free EHR technology overcome the stigma that often comes with such technology to dominate the market? And how can a free product maintain the integrity and
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Dell Appoints Dr. Nick van Terheyden as New Chief Medical Officer

Re-imagination of Healthcare - Dr. Nick van Terheyden

Dell Services has appointed Nick van Terheyden, M.D., former chief medical information officer of Nuance Communications as the new Dell Healthcare & Life Sciences chief medical officer. Under his leadership, Dr. van Terheyden will help Dell advance its support of healthcare organizations, medical professionals and patients through information-enabled healthcare. He will report to Sid Nair, vice president and global general manager of Dell’s Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) Services
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NantHealth Acquires Harris Healthcare Solutions to Optimize Patient-Clinician Experience

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NantHealth, a subsidiary of NantWorks, LLC, announced it has completed the acquisition of Harris Corporation’s commercial Healthcare Solutions business, a clinical systems integration innovator. Harris retained its government healthcare services business. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As part of the acquisition, NantHealth’s existing cOS, eviti and omics platforms will combined with Harris’ FusionFX® suite of products. The integration will delivers on the promise of
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