Health IT Business News – June 29, 2015

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced the release of its latest ICD-10 readiness survey to determine how well the healthcare industry is progressing towards the Oct. 1, 2015 implementation deadline. The survey results will be evaluated and compiled into a report for the industry.With the implementation deadline fast approaching, providers, health plans, vendors and clearinghouses are invited to participate in this important initiative to help gauge progress for all parties. The survey is available here. The final submission deadline is July 10, 2015. WEDI will be discussing preliminary results of this survey on an upcoming HITECH Answers thought leadership webinar. Learn more or register for free.

ZirMed®, cloud-based enterprise financial and clinical performance management provider for healthcare, is launching a new Denial and Appeal Management solution, expanding its proven denials management technology to give healthcare organizations an automated end-to-end solution to reduce denials.According to Health IT Outcomes, the average healthcare provider loses a staggering 3 to 17 percent of revenue due to payer denials. As such, it is vital for healthcare organizations to implement an efficient method to reduce avoidable write-offs. ZirMed’s Denial and Appeal Management solution provides a streamlined, results-focused workflow for managing denials efficiently in real time. The solution’s new capabilities include a completely paperless appeals process which has decreased time spent recovering claims by 66 percent for pilot clients. Payer-specific paperwork is automatically provided, accurately auto-populated and printed and mailed on the provider’s behalf. The solution also automatically filters out any unnecessary adjustments so staff can only see the denials that need to be worked. Read more here

WellSpan Health and CareFusion, a BD company announced the successful implementation of the Alaris® System across all four WellSpan hospitals, with WellSpan York Hospital becoming the first hospital ever to simultaneously go-live with new infusion devices and bi-directional interoperability between the infusion device and the EHR. Infusion device interoperability connects the health system’s Alaris System smart infusion pumps with the hospital’s EHR and is designed to help reduce the risk of harmful and costly intravenous (IV) medication programming errors at the patient bedside. The solution enables bi-directional communication between the infusion pump and the EHR for both syringe pumps and large volume infusions. Read more

Cureatr, Inc. announced it has closed on $13 million in Series B financing in a round led by Deerfield Investments, a healthcare technology private-equity firm in New York. Deerfield is joined by Cerner Capital, Inc., Windham Ventures, a strategic health IT investor, and previous investors Cardinal Partners, Milestone Venture Partners, Partnership Fund for New York City, and JMI Services, LLC. The funds will be used to launch new regions for Cureatr’s Care Transition Notification™ (CTN) networks and to continue building partnerships and expanding its market opening and technology teams. Read more

Data Computer Corporation of America (DCCA), a veteran-owned information technology services company, was awarded a contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide support to the National Level Repository (NLR), which serves as the central system in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) Incentive Payment Program. The contract has a value of $24 million if all options are exercised. Read more

To help physicians and other care providers better manage the avalanche of patient information and clinical tasks they face every day, McKesson has launched Paragon Clinician Hub, a Web-based information presentation and workflow management solution. New with Paragon release 13.0, the tool allows providers to view clinical and administrative information, document care, and place orders for patients – all within an innovative new user experience that is visual, personal and intelligent. Clinicians can securely access the system from anywhere, increasing their productivity and convenience while enabling more timely care decisions. Read the full press release., the virtual nurse platform for patient engagement and chronic disease monitoring announced at the Digital Health Summer Summit today that it has raised $2.2 million in a Series A round of funding, with investors including Launchpad Digital Health, Fenox Venture Capital, and TA Ventures. will leverage the new round of funding to launch new markets, expand its support of its global customer base, and drive enhancements to its award-winning product, particularly in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Read more

Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, an EHR data aggregation and analytics technology company, today announced the acquisition of managed services and ACO implementation provider Sage Technologies. With 17 years of outsourced managed care operations, third party claims administration, financial leadership, data analytics, and quality improvement programs, Sage strengthens Arcadia’s position as a market leader in full-service managed care – the end-to-end blended technology and services capability to help healthcare leaders efficiently manage their business in a value-based setting.