CareFirst BCBS Target of Sophisticated Cyberattack

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Health insurer CareFirst BCBS (CareFirst) announced on Wednesday it was the victim of a sophisticated cyberattack that may have collectively exposed 1.1 million current and former CareFirst members and individuals that have registered to use CareFirst’s websites prior to June 20, 2014. CareFirst first detected that cyberattackers gained limited, unauthorized access to a CareFirst database in June 2014 as part of the company’s ongoing Information Technology (IT) security efforts in the wake of
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Allscripts Eliminates 250 Jobs, Rebalances Team

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Allscripts has eliminated 250 jobs in the United States representing about 3.5 percent of its global workforce of about 7,200, Chicago Tribune reports. The layoffs stem from the the company expanding its software development and operations to India that will enable it to respond "more efficiently and cost-effectively" to changes in software design and product development. "As a normal course of business, we are rebalancing our teams to ensure we have the right resources allocated to the right
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Welltok Acquires Predilytics to Enhance Personalized Health Platform

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Health optimization provider Welltok has acquired Predilytics, a leading healthcare predictive analytics company to help enhance Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform. The acquisition adds another powerful layer of consumer intelligence and analytical capabilities to Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform, providing even more personalized guidance for consumers and delivering more value and insights to health plans, at-risk providers and other population health
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Healthways CEO Ben Leedle Steps Down, Appoints Interim CEO

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Wellness program provider, Healthways, Inc. announced that Ben R. Leedle, Jr. has stepped down as Director, President & Chief Executive Officer. The Healthways Board of Directors has appointed Alfred Lumsdaine, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, to serve as interim Chief Executive Officer until it selects a successor. The process to identify a permanent CEO will be led by the Board's Nominating and Governance Committee, which will consider both internal and external
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Xerox Expands into Population Health with Acquisition of Healthy Communities Institute

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Xerox announced its acquisition of Healthy Communities Institute (HCI), a Berkeley, Calif.-based company with a leading cloud platform that puts socioeconomic and community health information at the fingertips of hospitals, public health agencies and community coalitions. HCI’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform centralizes proprietary, healthcare and community data to help hospitals and other health organizations manage population health. By tapping data derived from clinical visits,
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Erlanger Chooses Epic for $100M Integrated EHR

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Earlier this month, Erlanger Health System announced that is has selected Epic as its strategic partner for a single, integrated EHR system that is expected to cost close to $100 million over 10 years. The new EHR system will incorporate clinical documentation from all areas of patient care into a single database for greater ease of use, better accuracy and timeliness, and the increased satisfaction of patients and clinicians, as patient information will be shared more easily. Epic reportedly
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5 Requirements of An Effective Revenue Cycle Management Solution

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Considering that the first generation of healthcare IT systems centered primarily on billing technology, it’s interesting to note that for the past several years healthcare organizations have focused most of their attention on clinical transformations driven by national developments such as the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use (MU). But now that the MU “wave” is starting to subside, focus is shifting to back-end systems and processes. While many organizations realize that a full
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European Providers Rank EHRs Top Investment Priority in 2015

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EHRs are the first area where European healthcare providers are planning to invest during 2015 and beyond, according to a new survey from IDC Health Insights. The survey found 66% of survey respondents are planning to invest more in new solutions (especially non-hospital providers), either replacing the current solution or implementing it for the first time. The study describes European healthcare providers' investment trends on enterprise solutions and healthcare-specific solutions. It also
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Care Coordination Market to Reach 26.1% CAGR Between 2015 and 2020

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The care coordination market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.1 percent between 2015 and 2020, according to a recent Frost & Sullivan study. Among the three key market segments addressed in the study, care coordination software deployed by physicians in ambulatory practice is expected to be the fastest growing, at a CAGR of 43.2 percent. It is followed by the hospital market segment at a CAGR of 33.2 percent. Although the largest revenue for 2014 belonged to
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HealthPort, IOD Merge to Create Large-Scale Clinical Data Platform

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On Tuesday, HealthPort and IOD today an agreement to merge that will create nation’s leading platform for secure clinical data solutions and help position the company for continued innovation and growth.  The proposed merger, facilitated by an investment from New Mountain Capital, will create a new company with combined revenues of more than $450 million and 6,000 professionals serving approximately 18,000 healthcare facilities across the U.S. The combination will significantly benefit all
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