Data Points for the week of Aug. 1, 2016, covered the following topics: Health information technology deals, mergers and acquisitions; providers' IT budgets; venture capital in health IT; startup accelerators for health IT.
Elmhurst Hospital Center and Queens Hospital Center, which are part of the NYC Health & Hospitals system, are installing a new Epic EHR system. It's part of a $764 million, six-year health IT upgrade at the system that has faced unique controversy and public scrutiny.
An effort to develop technology to enroll a portion of the 1 million volunteers in the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative is placing a spotlight on one possible solution to interoperability and in the meantime creating unprecedented collaboration.
Experimentation. Disruption. Innovation. The spirit of change was in the air at last week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual meeting in Las Vegas.
The 17 IT companies that made the pledge include Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner Corp., Epic Systems and Meditech. They provide record systems to 90% of U.S. hospitals. Providers include Ascension, Geisinger, HCA, Intermountain and Kaiser Permanente.
Allscripts reported flat revenue for fiscal 2015, as the electronic health record systems supplier saw lower revenue from client services. Bookings, however, were a boon for Allscripts last year, reaching $1.1 billion, a 20% increase from 2014.
Jeff Brown has been named senior VP and CIO of Seattle Children's Hospital. He had served as the interim CIO since April 2015.
The HCI Group, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based consultancy specializing in health information technology system installation and support, has acquired health IT training and systems-implementation company Expert Technical Advisors, Houston, the company has announced.
Chicago-based health information technology developer Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has named Melinda Whittington, the former controller at food giant Kraft Heinz Co., its CFO.
Carequality, a public-private collaborative backed by large health systems, technology companies and industry groups, has published guidelines that aim to build a path toward greater data exchange in healthcare.
Citing the current bear market, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is postponing the initial public offering of NantHealth, his precision medicine startup, according to the Los Angeles Times.
As part of a healthcare information technology summit earlier this month, the top 12 vendors issued a consensus statement saying they've agreed to a set of “objective measures of interoperability and ongoing reporting.”