Health IT Business News – February 5, 2015

ZirMed announced it was once again ranked Best in KLAS®, recognized as the #1 claims and clearinghouse vendor in the healthcare market. This is ZirMed’s third time winning Best in KLAS. The 2014 Best in KLAS: Software and Services report recognizes top-scoring healthcare vendors based on performance data collected from healthcare professionals. Read more.

Allina Health and Health Catalyst have signed a definitive agreement valued at over $100 million to combine technologies, clinical content and front-line personnel in an unprecedented effort to improve the quality and lower the cost of care for Allina’s patients and to serve as a model for outcomes improvement nationwide.The 10-year agreement marks the culmination of a relationship that began in 2008, when Allina Health became Health Catalyst’s first customer. Read the full press release.

Kareo announced it has entered into a partnership with digiChart, a provider of specialty-specific EHR technology for OB/GYN practices. Through this collaboration, Kareo’s cloud-based practice management and billing solutions will integrate with digiChart’s specialty EHR to provide the OB/GYN market with a specialized solution for managing the clinical and business aspects of their practice. “OB/GYN providers often require specialized workflow and functionality, making it imperative that providers are enabled with innovative solutions suited to their specialty,” says Dan Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Kareo. “We are pleased to be partnering with digiChart as we work to help independent specialty practices spend more quality time with their patients.” Learn more

CareCloud announced that its rapid growth continued in the fourth quarter of 2014 – highlighted by a doubling in the company’s average deal value compared to the prior year. The quarter capped off a pivotal year for CareCloud, as it continued to gain traction among large medical groups The company has averaged triple digit revenue growth while significantly expanding operating margins over the last three years. Read the full press release.

KLAS Research named Allscripts Sunrise™ Clinical Manager as 2014 Best in KLAS Global (Non-US) Acute EMR and Category Leader, Global Acute EMR – Northern America (Canada) in the 2014 Best in KLAS: Global Software (Non-US) report.Sunrise Clinical Manager is a clinical solution that provides advanced decision support, such as Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), to help hospital teams improve patient care. According to the 2014 Best in KLAS: Global Software (Non-US) report, the solution outpaced competitors in delivering new technology and earning customer loyalty.

The Dade County Medical Association (DCMA) has selected HealthFusion as a Vendor of Choice for electronic health records (EHRs). The DCMA, the largest county medical association in Florida, is introducing HealthFusion’s MediTouch to its more than 1,000 physician members looking to implement or upgrade EHRs in their practices and avoid Medicare penalties. Learn more.

ClearDATA announced the next evolution of its healthcare-dedicated, HIPAA-compliant cloud-computing platform. The latest version will enhance ClearDATA’s industry-leading offering in every major area, including performance/speed, security, compliance, reliability and usability. With its newly enhanced cloud platform, ClearDATA extends its position as a leader of healthcare cloud computing in North America.

Medsphere Systems has introduced OpenVista® Population Health, a Windows-based solution that gives clinicians much greater flexibility in how they provide care for both individual patients and broader patient populations.“The addition of OpenVista Population Health is worth noting particularly because it serves as an example of how development happens in the VistA community,” said Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald. Read more.

Healthland, provider of healthcare information technology solutions to rural community and critical access hospitals, announces that hospitals using its electronic health records solutions have achieved notable progress in 2014. Healthland CEO Chris Bauleke said, “The numbers are in, and we’re proud to announce that our client hospitals have made real progress. Most significantly, a major milestone was reached as more than 150 hospitals have made the move to the Centriq solution with another 50 hospitals in progress.” Bauleke said, “Hospitals are seeing the results of our investment in migrations, support and the accelerated development of Centriq’s financial and clinical products.” Read the full press release.

Surescripts has agreed to spin off CareManager™, its population health business. The new company will be run by Luis Machuca and the current Kryptiq management team and will retain the name Kryptiq. Surescripts will maintain a minority ownership interest in Kryptiq and will operate the secure messaging, e-prescribing, and portal technologies as part of its subsidiary to be renamed Surescripts Enterprise Services, Inc.Surescripts acquired Kryptiq as a wholly owned subsidiary in 2012 to enhance its nationwide e-prescribing network by combining it with Kryptiq’s secure clinical messaging and patient portal technologies. Learn more.

CoverMyMeds announced the completion of an integration with Epic. The integration will allow Epic electronic health record (EHR) users to access CoverMyMeds electronic prior authorizations (ePAs) in their EHR workflow, enabling PAs at the point of prescribing.

Galileo Analytics announced the world-wide launch of Galileo Thermometer™, a rapid-turn around platform for providing customized analysis of de-identified electronic health record data from the US and Europe. Galileo Thermometer™ provides pharmaceutical decision makers with access to custom-designed and developed reports, making it possible to gain a quick read or “temperature check” of specific segments of physicians and patients. Through a partnership with Cegedim Strategic Data (CSD), Galileo Thermometer™ will draw from de-identified electronic health record data from more than 30 million patients  and greater than 30 thousand physicians in the US and the top five markets in Europe..

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s U.S. Hospital Information Systems Overview and Outlook, 2013–2020: Managing Information in an Era of Reform finds the market for information systems in U.S. hospitals will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7 percent between 2014 and 2020.Despite high penetration rates – around 95 percent for non-clinical and 90 percent for clinical information systems – a new “post-EHR era” is taking shape in hospitals that is driving the adoption of non-clinical systems. These changes will be needed to meet a multitude of challenges associated with healthcare reform, including changing reimbursement models, competitive threats from non-traditional providers, and the rise of health insurance marketplaces.Get complimentary access to more information on this research.