Health IT Business News – May 6, 2015

Kareo, provider of cloud-based software and services for independent medical practices, has announced the addition of several key ICD-10 enhancements to its product suite, including an ICD-10 Success Dashboard, encounter validation and dual ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding. These enhancements round out the company’s comprehensive program designed to help medical practices make a smooth transition to ICD-10 scheduled for October 1, 2015.

At last month’s HIMSS, GE Healthcare confirmed  it is getting out of the hospital electronic medical records business.The company acknowledged on that three years ago it decided to phase out itsCentricity Enterprise product. It’s now helping customers with a “graceful transition over a number of years,” said Jon Zimmerman, general manager of clinical business solutions at GE Healthcare.Zimmerman said the company had not decided whether to sell the Centricity Enterprise business to a competitor or simply help move customers to vendors of their choice. Read more on Medcitynews.

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) announced its collaboration with Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO) and MEDITECH to take rich clinical narratives from physician notes, extract key facts as structured data and automatically populate patient problem lists and allergy lists using physician-friendly terminologies to preserve clinical intent of physician documentation in the EHR. This unique approach enables healthcare providers to translate unstructured narrative text into clinically-accurate, discrete data in the EHR to support patient problem lists for Meaningful Use as well as requirements for ICD-10 compliance, and quality reporting.

Surescripts announced it will implement its National Record Locator Service with electronic health record (EHR) vendors eClinicalWorks, Epic, and Greenway Health, enabling more than 480,000 providers to utilize the technology to locate and exchange patient health records stored in any healthcare location across the country.Surescripts’ National Record Locator Service will be implemented according to the Carequality framework for inter-network health information exchange.

Imprivata®, (NYSE: IMPR), the healthcare IT security company, today announced it has acquired HT Systems, the market leading provider of palm-vein based biometric patient identification systems, to enter into the emerging patient identification market, which Imprivata estimates to be approximately $2.0 billion globally. The acquisition of HT Systems and its PatientSecure® biometric patient identification technology supports Imprivata’s long-term vision to be the leading provider of healthcare IT security solutions that increase provider productivity, enable patient engagement, and improve patient safety.

eHealth Technologies has announced a partnership with Box. The integration will expedite the delivery of eHealth Technologies’ integrated systems and data, such as medical images and records, to customers. Medical providers use eHealth Connect® Referral Pathways to retrieve, consolidate and deliver contextually relevant records for referral patients. Longitudinal patient records are intelligently organized and delivered to the EMR and PACS. The Box collaboration platform is a core component of this process by allowing referring providers to securely share medical images, document files, and structured data.

Partners HealthCare has announced a new partnership with Samsung Electronics to develop the next generation of personalized digital and mobile solutions for health and wellness. The first phase of this collaboration will include software development and clinical research to deliver tools to improve chronic disease management.

Citrix announced it is simplifying the way sensitive documents are shared. Starting tomorrow, Citrix ShareFile customers can send encrypted emails from Microsoft Outlook to secure the content of messages in compliance with industry regulations such as HIPAA. Since the capability works from within the inbox, emails can be securely exchanged with clients and vendors without disrupting current processes.

HealthPrize Technologies, LLC and MeadWestvaco (NYSE: MWV) announced a strategic collaboration to integrate their adherence solutions to provide an end-to-end program to pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy chains, and the patients they serve. MWV’s calendared medication packaging will feature a link to HealthPrize’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) medication adherence and patient engagement platform.

Practice Fusion announced a partnership with ePatientFinder, an EHR clinical trial recruitment company.  This partnership will enable physicians using Practice Fusion’s EHR to learn about the newest clinical trials and which of their patients may be eligible to participate. With over 50 million patient encounters a year, Practice Fusion’s partnership with ePatientFinder will help launch one of the nation’s largest EHR-driven clinical trial recruitment integrations that can help providers quickly and effectively identify clinical trial opportunities for their patients.