Acquisition-hungry Emdeon kicking the IPO tires

By Darius Tahir  |  January 26, 2015

Payments and revenue-cycle-management firm Emdeon is contemplating an initial public offering, according to a report in financial publication The Street. If completed, the offering would return the firm to the public markets; it had most recently gone public in August 2009, before being bought out...

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

By Darius Tahir  |  January 24, 2015

Jerrit Tan, a first-generation Chinese-American, used to skip school to act as a translator for his immigrant parents and extended family when they visited a doctor. Now he has developed a smartphone app that provides medical interpretation services in 15 languages.

Added protections for consumer information on

By Associated Press  |  January 24, 2015

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.

Data Points for Jan. 26, 2015

Data Points for Jan. 26, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 24, 2015

Data Points for the week of Jan. 26, 2015, covered the following topics: Medicare, insurance, costs, insurers

HHS' Office for Civil Rights signals HIPAA education for innovators

By Darius Tahir  |  January 23, 2015

Digital health companies often complain their work is choked by federal privacy and security rules that were developed for a different age. HHS' Office for Civil Rights signaled this week that it wants to help companies understand the law and is willing to be flexible to foster innovation.

AMA-led group asks feds to redo EHR testing program

By Joseph Conn  |  January 23, 2015

The American Medical Association is calling for an overhaul of a federal program to test and certify electronic health-record systems for suitability in the EHR incentive-payment program. Its request has been joined by 34 other medical specialty societies and healthcare professional organizations.

CHIME Time: EHR strategies in an M&A environment

CHIME Time: EHR strategies in an M&A environment

By Robert Slepin  |  January 23, 2015

Merger-and-acquisition deals among healthcare providers continue unabated. Assuming bigger means better, health systems are merging, acquiring or affiliating with other hospitals and medical groups, forming larger integrated delivery networks. To maximize value and minimize risk from these...

Med tech expert joins UCSF

Med tech expert joins UCSF

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 21, 2015

The University of California at San Francisco has appointed Dr. Atul Butte to lead its new Institute for Computational Health Sciences. Butte, 45, will also become executive director of clinical informatics for University of California Health Sciences and Services.

What Obama's SOTU mention of cyber threats means for healthcare

By Joseph Conn  |  January 20, 2015

Ten years ago, President George W. Bush briefly mentioned electronic health records in a State of the Union address and the federal government is now in the midst of a multibillion dollar effort to promote the technology. Can the same thing happen with cybersecurity?

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