Health IT Business News – July 5, 2016

HITbizNews-200BridgeHead Software Ltd (@BridgeHeadHDM) and AbedGraham Healthcare Strategies Ltd, a healthcare IT strategy, operations and risk consultant, announced a strategic partnership. The two companies will work together to ensure BridgeHead Software’s current and future product and service portfolio is optimised for the needs of clinicians and, ultimately, patients whilst addressing national policy guidelines, for example, the NHS Paperless 2020 initiative. [tweetthis]@BridgeHeadHDM & AbedGraham working together[/tweetthis]

McKesson Corporation (@McKesson), a leading global healthcare services and information technology company, and Change Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (@Change_HC), a leading provider of software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services, announced the creation of a new healthcare information technology company. The entity will combine substantially all of Change Healthcare’s business and the majority of McKesson Technology Solutions (MTS) into a new company with fiscal year end March 31, 2016 pro forma combined total annual revenues of $3.4 billion. The new organization brings together the complementary strengths of MTS and Change Healthcare to deliver a broad portfolio of solutions that will help lower healthcare costs, improve patient access and outcomes, and make it simpler for payers, providers, and consumers to manage the transition to value-based care.

Medsphere Systems Corporation (@MedsphereH) and ChartLogic Inc. (@ChartLogicInc), announced that they have executed a definitive agreement to merge the two companies. The transaction will expand Medsphere’s existing enterprise healthcare IT products and services to include ChartLogic’s proven ambulatory electronic health record (EHR), practice management and medical billing solutions. ChartLogic will retain its name and operate as a division of Medsphere; the expanded company will offer integrated delivery networks and physician practices an affordable and interoperable choice that meets the clinical needs of providers across the spectrum of care.

Health Media Network (@HMN_ads), one of the nation’s fastest growing digital Point of Care media companies, and Gimbal, Inc. (@Gimbal), a leader in location and proximity-based mobile engagement,announced a partnership that will leverage Gimbal’s technology to deliver hyper-targeted mobile messaging to audiences within Health Media Network physician offices nationwide. As an extension of the physician’s practice, this partnership will help improve timely and relevant messaging to patients, with the goal of improving healthcare outcomes.

Kno2 (@kno2), the company that optimizes patient document exchange for everyone in healthcare, announced its entrance into the referrals management through its partnership with SCI Solutions (@SCI4Healthcare), the health industry’s leading patient access and care coordination software firm. Kno2’s cloud-based patient document exchange platform will be adding capability to SCI’s existing infrastructure, allowing referring providers to submit referrals via Direct and ultimately attesting to Meaningful Use Stage 2.

Telerent Leasing Corporation (TLC), a leading provider of visual communications solutions through its Avidex Industries and TeleHealth Services (@TIGREddie) divisions, announced it has agreed to acquire Digital Networks Group, Inc. (DNG), one of the nation’s leading custom AV integrators in the healthcare, education, and government sectors. The acquisition supports TLC’s growth strategy to broaden communications offerings and brings an expanded footprint to enhance operational excellence.

The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (@LeadingAge) has updated its electronic health record (EHR) portfolio with a new CAST 7-stage EHR Adoption Model, as well as a new interactive online guide and a new case study. The new CAST 7-Stage Adoption Model is generic and based on the types of functionalities, their sophistication and focus, as opposed to rigid specific functions. This approach makes the model applicable to multiple LTPAC settings and business lines. This sets the CAST 7-Stage Adoption Model apart from previous EHR adoption models, which focused primarily on inpatient settings such as hospitals and nursing homes.

Healthwise (@healthwise) and HealthGrid (@HealthGrid) unveiled a joint agreement to deliver Healthwise’s health education content to patients using HealthGrid’s patient engagement solution. This collaboration will empower patients by combining customized patient education from the world’s leading nonprofit provider with timely and intelligent technology that delivers information directly to patients before, during, and after health provider visits.

The global electronic health records market is stimulated by the rise in digital and connected healthcare technologies. According to RnR Market Research (@RnRMR) the analysts forecast global electronic health records market to grow at a CAGR of 5.53% during the period 2016-2020. The connected healthcare solutions such as personal health record (PHR), EHR, telemedicine, and mobile-based health applications provide access to healthcare services from any distant location. During 2015, the Americas dominated the global electronic health records market by accounting for almost 53% of the overall market space. The increasing adoption of personalized healthcare systems and affordable healthcare systems is expected to boost growth in the EHR market in the Americas during the forecast period.