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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.

CHI Franciscan tests ‘virtual hospital’ concept

Two hundred physicians, nurses and other workers in Tacoma, Washington, are spending their days treating hospital patients they never meet in person in what CHI Franciscan Health is calling a “virtual hospital.”

How AI could change healthcare within 5 years

Many problems in healthcare, from rising costs to inefficient use of available data to administrative burden on physicians, have a common solution, according to Siri cofounder and Health2047 advisor Norman Winarsky, PhD: artificial intelligence, or AI.

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.

Mayo Clinic begins $1B rollout of Epic EHR

Mayo Clinic has a $1 billion plan to implement Epic’s electronic health record and billing system across all its entire health system by the end of 2018. The implementation began July 8 at Mayo’s Franciscian Healthcare in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Epic’s home state.

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.

Epic doesn’t bid on $33 million contract in its home state; Cerner inks deal

Even though electronic health record (EHR) giant Epic is based in Wisconsin, it didn’t bid on a contract for serving seven state-run facilities, effectively ceding the 10-year, $33 million contract to rival Cerner.

West Virginia hospital replacing computer system due to Petya cyberattack

The Petya cyberattack which has disrupted hospitals, radiology services and pharmaceutical companies is a forcing one West Virginia facility to scrap its entire computer network.

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