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Data Points for Aug. 1, 2016

Data Points for Aug. 1, 2016

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.

Apps for Rx sticker shock

Apps for Rx sticker shock

A number of insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and technology companies are developing smartphone and computer apps to provide that information for patients and physicians.

Study finds EHR rollouts have little impact on patient outcomes

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 moves to acquire IT consultant HSM

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.

New York-Presbyterian starts offering virtual ER visits

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 to fund cybersecurity information exchange

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."

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