Health IT Business News – February 4, 2016

HITbizNews-200HIMSS 2016: Transforming Health Through IT
February 29-March 4, 2016
Las Vegas NV
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HIMSS16 (@HIMSS) in Las Vegas is just about 3 weeks away and there has been no shortage of company news announcements. We’ll be there interviewing industry thought leaders, and in our spare time, hanging out at windowless casinos and checking the latest spreads on the year’s biggest sporting events. And if all goes well on Sunday, we’ll be cashing in on our Carolina pick to win the Super Bowl, a bet we placed back in October at 25-1 odds. Go Panthers! But I digress. Check out these recent news items from vendors you can visit at HIMSS. No long shots here; these companies are some of our favorites in the industry.

ZirMed (@ZirMed) – HIMSS Booth #6647ZirMed announced it was once again ranked Best in KLAS, recognized as the #1 claims and clearinghouse vendor in the healthcare market. This is the third straight year and fourth time in the last five years that ZirMed has achieved this distinction. ZirMed’s cloud-based solutions have helped over 300,000 providers and more than 400 hospitals and health systems manage major financial challenges, such as uncompensated care, patient responsibility, and the shift to fee-for-value.

SA Ignite (@SAIgnite) – HIMSS Booth #1265SA Ignite, a company focused on helping healthcare organizations simplify the management of complex value-based programs, has published a response to the confusion surrounding recent comments by CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt on the state of Meaningful Use. The company’s CEO writes: “The MU program for Medicare providers as we know it will likely end in 2016 and has been alluded to in numerous industry reports and by CMS over the last nine months. However, the MU program will remain relevant because under MACRA it will be merged into the MIPS program as a means by which to streamline multiple value-based payment programs.”

CynergisTek (@CynergisTek) – HIMSS Booth #131CynergisTek, an authority in health information security, privacy and compliance, announced that its CEO, Mac McMillan (@mmcmillan07), was selected to lead two sessions at HIMSS16. In the session titled, “Compliance Does Not Equal Security,” McMillan and CynergisTek client, Jay Adams, the Director of Information Security at Tallahassee Memorial, will co-present on ensuring the security of medical records. McMillan will also co-present a session titled, “Best Practices for Protecting Against Cyber Attacks,” with Chuck Kesler, CISO of Duke Medicine.

Health Catalyst (@HealthCatalyst) – HIMSS Booth #3069Health Catalyst has been recognized as the enterprise BI vendor whose solutions make the most compelling contribution to better outcomes in a report titled “Enterprise Healthcare BI: The Search for Outcomes,” published this month by research firm, KLAS. The report differentiates 11 enterprise BI vendors based on client reviews, insights and outcomes, and marks the third time in three years that Health Catalyst has been recognized as a top performer in the healthcare BI market by KLAS.

Spok Holdings, Inc. (@SpokTweets) – HIMSS Booths #11954, 4829Spok has announced the appointment of Donald P. Soucy as Executive Vice President of Global Sales, effective February 1, 2016. Soucy replaces Gary Ash, who is leaving the position to pursue other endeavors. Soucy most recently served as Vice President of Sales at Orion Health, where he was responsible for National Accounts. Prior to Orion Health, Soucy was Senior Vice President of Sales for Influence Health (formerly MEDSEEK) where he was responsible for all new business development efforts in the United States and Canada.

Last but certainly not least is Healthcare IT News (@HealthITNews) – HIMSS Booth #951 – Healthcare IT News announced that it hired a managing editor with in-depth experience in healthcare and technology. As managing editor, Bill Siwicki will apply his decades of IT, security and mobile technology experience to bring readers deeper insights into health IT.