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.
A number of insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and technology companies are developing smartphone and computer apps to provide that information for patients and physicians.
The Federal Trade Commission ruled Friday that a clinical laboratory's lax data security practices violated federal law – a decision that some say could mean tougher enforcement for healthcare providers.
Athenahealth's Merit-based Incentive Payment System Guarantee will give providers data support needed to collect data and handle reporting required under MIPS.
Implementing new or different EHR systems had negligible short-term effects on readmission or mortality rates across a 17-hospital sample, according to a study published in the BMJ. The new or different information technology also had no statistically significant adverse impact on patient safety.
Huron Consulting Group is continuing a shopping spree by announcing its intent to acquire a healthcare IT consultant whose clients include Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner and Epic. The deal for Healthcare Services Management, or HSM, would be Huron's fifth pickup in less than a year.
Consulting firm West Monroe Partners is acquiring Invoyent, a small Chicago company that provides software and consulting services to health insurers.
New York-Presbyterian has created a platform to provide a variety of telehealth services, including urgent care to patients across its network and across the country. Patients will also be able to pay an $800 one-time fee to receive a second opinion from a New York-Presbyterian physician.
HHS will fund an organization for cybersecurity professionals to exchange information about threats to the healthcare industry's IT systems. The goal is to allow providers, public health agencies and HHS to share information “about cyberthreats and provide outreach and education."
The University of Mississippi Medical Center paid a $2.75 million penalty to HHS as part of an agreement to resolve security problems found after the 2013 disappearance of a laptop computer with health information for as many as 10,000 people.
Houston-based Decisio Health developed the first FDA-approved web-based clinical platform and created easy-to-read displays that alert clinicians to problems as they emerge.
Physicians are increasingly selling their practices to larger groups to gain access to the capital and expertise needed to survive under value-based reimbursement.