Health IT Business News – Thursday, July 10, 2014

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DataMotion, a health information service provider (HISP) with more than 15 years of secure messaging experience, announced Cumberland Medical Center has deployed DataMotion’s Direct Secure Messaging with Cumberland’s MEDITECH electronic health record (EHR) system. As a result, Cumberland successfully gained attestation for Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2), and can now communicate health records privately and securely with patients and collaborating medical providers.

CareCloud, provider of cloud-based practice managementelectronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, announced that it has received a $25.5 million debt financing commitment from Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC), the leading specialty finance company focused on providing senior secured loans to venture capital-backed companies in technology-related markets, including technology, biotechnology, life science, and energy & renewable technology industries, at all stages of development.

Physicians Interactive (PI) , provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions for healthcare professionals, announced the acquisition of MedHelp, the online health community and health application site. “The merger with MedHelp matches Physicians Interactive’s vision of empowering healthcare professionals and consumers with mobile and online healthcare applications to improve the healthcare experience,” said Donato Tramuto, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Physicians Interactive. ” John de Souza, the President of MedHelp, will continue in that role, reporting to Tramuto.

Allscripts  announced that Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) will deploy Allscripts dbMotion interoperability and population health analytics solutions, and extend its use of its population-health-enabled Allscripts Sunrise platform electronic health record (EHR). MSK will utilize Allscripts Sunrise and leverage Allscripts dbMotion to normalize and harmonize data across settings and systems, including non-Allscripts technologies, to ensure transitions of care are accurate and secure. Allscripts dbMotion helps improve care coordination by supporting clinicians’ desire to share data throughout their referral networks.

Practice Fusion and Emdeon Inc.,  are teaming up to offer automated health plan eligibility checks in the Practice Fusion EHR.  When scheduling a patient visit through the Practice Fusion EHR, medical professionals will be able to check that patient’s health plan information electronically via the Emdeon network, which will eliminate the need to call individual payers to verify coverage.

Kaiser Permanente’s California hospitals were named on a list today, recognizing the health care organization’s use of IT to improve all aspects of its operations, ultimately improving care and value for members. This is the second consecutive year Kaiser Permanente has been on the list, which measures technology integration across the health care spectrum — infrastructure, procurement, human resources, security, clinical quality and safety, patient access, care continuum and health information exchange.

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in conjunction with T-System Inc.  announced a new agreement to deliver a complete end-to-end emergency department solution to improve patient safety and reimbursement in order to achieve its mission of being the region’s first choice for healthcare. The hospital is currently a Level IV trauma center as designated by the state and is working toward becoming a Level III trauma center, the highest trauma designation in Northeast Arkansas.

The Mount Sinai Health System, an integrated health system comprising the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and seven hospital campuses, has expanded its partnership with Press Ganey to capture deeper patient data through census-based surveyingTM. Mount Sinai is one of the largest health systems in the New York metropolitan area, and the ability to segment at the department, service and unit level will enable the system to better pinpoint opportunities for improvement.  Expanding the voice of the patient is considered a critical step for Mount Sinai in their continued efforts to offer more patient-centered care.