Health IT Business News – Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

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Modernizing Medicine has announced its inaugural EMA Nation Users Conference. The conference will provide a venue for users of this specialty-specific electronic health record (EHR) system to network and learn how to use EMA’s expanding capabilities for improving provider workflows and patient outcomes, and to address compliance mandates such as Meaningful Use and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Dr. Zubin Damania, more popularly known as the inspiring and energizing thought leader, speaker and entertainer ZDoggMD, will provide the keynote for the event, which will be held on November 7 – 9, 2014, at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL.

Community Health Network has selected Health Catalyst to help develop a data-driven culture of quality and performance improvement. Health Catalyst’s Late-Binding™ Data Warehouse and Analytics Platform will give leaders and clinicians at Community a unified view of the clinical, financial and patient satisfaction data collected across the organization’s ten hospitals and more than 90 primary care clinics.

eClinicalWorks announced that theDepartment of Homeland Security is live using eClinicalWorks Cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) system for up to 1,000 of its medical professionals to help manage care at all 23 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. Using eClinicalWorks allows the department to create a complete longitudinal record and share data between facilities. Integration with its current systems, including laboratory, radiology and pharmacy, will extend the benefits of this solution.

PwC US announced its intent to pursue the Department of Defense (D0D) Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) Electronic Health Record (EHR) contract.  The DHMSM program would replace and modernize the Military Health System (MHS) which currently supports more than 9.7 million beneficiaries, including active duty, retirees and their dependents. Leveraging investments already made by the government into the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) by merging open source software with commercial applications, PwC plans to combine its healthcare operational and transformation capabilities with commercial EHR vendors DSS, Inc. and MedSphere, and systems integrator General Dynamics Information Technologyto offer an EHR, which is currently serving patients and clinicians in more than 2,300 locations globally.

Sandlot Solutions, Inc., an electronic health record (EHR) interoperability, big data analytics and population health management platform announced it now has $23.3 million in fresh capital to use to serve existing clients, complete near-term contracts and harvest a robust pipeline of potential new business. With the completion of a preferred stock investment of $17 million from Lemhi Ventures, and recent capital infusion from two existing investors, North Texas Specialty Physicians and Santa Rosa Holdings, Sandlot Solutions is prepared to accelerate the company’s already impressive growth and success.

McKesson Specialty Health’s secure online patient portal, My Care Plus, now reaches and impacts more than 100,000 oncology patients across the nation. The ground-breaking oncology-specific portal provides a new and efficient way for physicians to securely message patients online, satisfying Stage 2 of Meaningful Use patient engagement objectives. My Care Plus empowers patients to take a more active role in their care by enabling them to securely access their health records, communicate with their care team, and easily acquire helpful information about their condition and care from reputable oncology-specific educational resources from any device, anywhere.

COTA, Inc. today announced it has closed $3.7 million in a planned $7 million Series A funding round led by Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc. (Horizon), with participation from Med-Metrix. COTA is the first big data platform designed by practicing oncologists to deliver real-time clinical outcomes data and cost analysis for cancer care in support of healthcare’s new value-based reimbursement model. The new funds will be used to expand development of the COTA platform, hire biostatisticians, outcome analysts, data support as well as sales and marketing personnel to help launch the company’s first commercial product.