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Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced it will pay $1.9 billion to acquire Flatiron Health, a startup founded by two former Google employees focusing on oncology-based electronic health record (EHR) software.

A federal judge in Florida has tossed out a lawsuit against Epic Systems, saying the plaintiff “parroted” the language of the False Claims Act without offering support for her claim that the company’s billing system software double-billed Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services.

For the eighth consecutive year, Epic was named the top software suite in the 2018 edition of the Best of KLAS: Software & Services Report, while Optimum Healthcare IT won the award for top overall IT services firm for the second year in a row.

While physicians have often blamed the meaningful use (MU) program for worsening their administrative burden and taking time away from patients, family physicians did believe more than half of the MU criteria was useful.

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor Allscripts may have restored service after being targeted by a ransomware attack, but now faces a class action lawsuit alleging it left clients vulnerable to hackers.

 

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AHIMA 2017 preview: ‘We’ve taken it up a notch this year’

The activities and discussions at this year’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference will go beyond fundamentals, according to the group’s vice president of health information management (HIM) practice excellence, Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS.

American Telemedicine Association CEO abruptly steps down

Jonathan Linkous has resigned as CEO of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the group announced on Aug. 7, after leading the organization since it was founded in 1993.

EHR installations carry ‘significant financial risk’ for hospitals

Implementing a new electronic health record (EHR) system will thin a hospital’s financial margins in the first year, according to a report released by credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service, but they usually return to normal afterward.

Hal Wolf named new president, CEO of HIMSS

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has selected Harold “Hal” Wolf III, an alum of the Chartis Group and Kaiser Permanente, as its new president and CEO.

Expanded telehealth reimbursement included in 2018 PFS

The proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule would provide a boost in reimbursement to telehealth services, paying for several new services and codes as suggested by telehealth practitioners to CMS.

Teladoc completes acquisition of Best Doctors

Teladoc, the largest telemedicine provider in the U.S., has completed its $440 million acquisition of virtual consultation company Best Doctors less than a month after the deal was first announced.

Cleveland Clinic names Edward Marx as new CIO

Edward Marx will take over as the new chief information officer at Cleveland Clinic, effective Sept. 1.

Cerner CEO Neal Patterson dies from cancer complications

Neal Patterson, the co-founder and CEO of health IT giant Cerner, died July 9 at age 67, according to a company statement.

Widespread blockchain adoption predicted within five years

According to survey released by the Pistoria Alliance, 83 percent of executives in life sciences and pharmaceutical companies believe there will be widespread adoption of healthcare blockchain tools within the next five years.

HFMA 2017 preview: What the ‘internet of things’ can do for healthcare finance

The “internet of things,” or IoT, is in its infancy everywhere in healthcare, according to Warren Averett security services director Paul Perry. For those on the finance side of hospitals and health systems, he says this connected technology offers great opportunity to those who realize its potential.

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