Health IT Business News – Thursday, May 16, 2013

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McKesson has announced its expanded, nationwide roll-out of its McKesson Gives Back program, a philanthropic initiative designed to recognize and reward physician practices that provide unreimbursed healthcare to America’s neediest citizens. Initially launched in November 2012 in select cities, the program is now available to physicians and clinics across the United States to support providers delivering care to underserved and uninsured communities. Physicians and clinics selected by the McKesson Gives Back program are provided with McKesson Practice Choice(TM), a fully integrated, web-based electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solution.

Hello Health has released a new application for iOS that securely connects patients directly to their physician’s EHR. With PortalConnect, patients can now keep account information up to date, access their personal health record, engage in secure messaging with their doctor and review notes from past appointments — all from their iPhone.

athenahealth has announced that INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma’s largest health care system, will use athenahealth’s cloud-based services to centralize revenue cycle management, enhance patient communications and care coordination, and gain better insight into provider productivity and care delivered across INTEGRIS’s growing patient population. INTEGRIS will deploy athenaCollector, athenaCommunicator, and athenaClarity.

iMedicor today announced it has launched its upgraded SocialHIE Version 3.0 for Galaxy Health Network, one of the nation’s largest PPO/MCO healthcare networks comprising more than 400,000 physicians, 2700 medical centers and 47,000 ancillary care facilities. The first stage of the launch will introduce iMedicor SocialHIE to Galaxy providers in New Jersey, and then be expanded to include providers in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware. The program is expected to branch out to other regions of the country over the next few months.

Axial Exchange announced the results of its Texas Patient Engagement Index (PEI), a groundbreaking index that ranks U.S. hospitals based on an analysis of publicly available data in three categories: personal health management, patient satisfaction and social media engagement. This is the second regional PEI the company has issued; the first ranked top hospitals in Florida. Both states were selected because their demographics make them bellwethers for the rest of the country.