Health IT Business News – February 24, 2015

Epic is set to open its own app store for mobile applications that can work with the vendor’s EHR platform. The news was first reported by the Wisconsin State Journal. According to the article. The Epic app store will launch in a few weeks and it will “open the floodgates” for all sorts of companies to develop and market their apps. Read the full story.

Greenway Health has signed a referral agreement with Orion Health, a global population health management company. Greenway’s selection builds on the recent announcement by Orion Health that its healthcare-dedicated Rhapsody Integration Engine will unify Greenway Health’s growing financial transaction-processing services on a single, scalable technology platform.Read the full press release.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Center for Health Insights and clinical partner Truman Medical Centers are announcing a collaboration to conduct data-driven research using Cerner Health Facts® de-identified real-world data and other capabilities. The information will be used to identify new research opportunities and analyze local health in the context of national data. This analysis can inform decisions that support improved care, reduced health disparities and lower costs. Read the full article.

Lightbeam Health Solutions has announced a partnership with Amazing Charts. Through this partnership, Lightbeam will offer its Dynamic Vault services including Offsite Backup Manager and Disaster Recovery, to allow physicians flexibility, support and data security.A subsidiary of Pri‐Med, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 physicians in over 6,800 private practices. The company is partnering with Lightbeam in an effort to further fulfill its mission to improve patient health outcomes and provide peace of mind to their clients knowing their protected health information is secure and available through affordable, practical, and proven software technology. Read the announcement.

Athenahealth plans to add upwards of 1,000 employees companywide in 2015, according to the Boston Business Journal. The company added close to 1,300 employees to athenahealth in 2014, at its headquarters in Watertown as well as at locations in Belfast, Princeton, Atlanta, Austin, San Francisco and Chennai, bringing the total headcount to 3,700. Read the full article.

McKesson announced that between April and November, 622 payers and providers chose InterQual® Criteria to help support their care decisions. These first-time agreements and renewals feature a broad array of private and public health plans and hospitals. According to the McKesson press statement, the product is used by 92% of the top 100 hospitals and over 300 managed care organizations. Read the full press release.

Navicure, a provider of cloud-based healthcare billing and payment solutions, recorded its thirteenth straight year of double-digit revenue growth in 2014, ending the year with $73.8 million GAAP revenue. Based in Duluth, Ga., the firm helps healthcare organizations of all sizes increase revenue, accelerate cash flow and reduce costs in the course of managing insurance claims and patient payments. Read the full press release.

VirMedica, a provider of technology solutions designed to optimize the commercialization of specialty pharmaceutical products, announced that the company has acquired the assets of TransEngen, Inc. The $15 million dollar financing was led by Nashville-based Petra Capital Partners along with Menlo Parkbased HealthQuest Capital. This transaction follows the acquisition by VirMedica of Tallahasseebased BioMed Intelligence in November 2013. Read the press release.

TraceLink, a provider of solutions to protecting patient safety and enabling health for global Life Sciences, announced that it has raised $20 million in new venture funding led by Volition Capital, including participation from Fidelity Biosciences and existing TraceLink investor, FirstMark Capital. The company intends to use the funds to further invest in product development. Read the full press release.