Health IT Business News – Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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InteliChart announced that MMIC has added the InteliChart patient portal to its suite of EHR and practice management offerings. The patient portal will enable MMIC’s more than 17,000 providers to enhance health information exchange and patient-physician communication as they prepare to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements.

According to the recently released Manhattan Research Taking the Pulse U.S. 2013 annual study of physicians’ technology adoption and behavior, Epocrates remains the dominant medical application on physicians’ mobile devices in 2013. You may recall that athenahealth acquired Epocrates earlier this spring to beef up their medical app product offerings.

IMS Health announced the acquisition of Semantelli Corporation, a Bridgewater, N.J.-based social media analytics company, to extend its marketing and consumer engagement capabilities for healthcare organizations around the world. Semantelli offers clients a robust set of cloud-based tools that automate the collection of healthcare-specific social media content, providing real-time monitoring for reputation and opportunity management and delivering extensive insights into consumer and physician behavior and sentiments.

Sandlot Solutions, a healthcare information technology company, and West Florida ACO, an accountable care organization (ACO), have announced a new partnership that will support the management of health information for thousands of patients across more than 25 physician groups and multiple health facilities in Florida. The two organizations will work together to create the infrastructure needed to support the ACO and its partners.

Mount Sinai Medical Center announced it has enrolled 25,000 patients for its landmark Biobank program. The program called BioMe™ is among the largest in the United States and it is unique in that each patient has broadly consented to DNA sequencing, contact from researchers, and longitudinal studies related to data  embedded in the electronic medical record (EMR).

A new mobile health application that enables individuals to manage their families’ health through customized prevention data has been pronounced the grand prize winner of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Mobile App Challenge. On Tuesday, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard K. Koh, MD, named San Carlos-Calif.-based LyfeChannel winner of the competition that drew submissions from developers, health professionals and consumers nationwide. LyfeChannel walked away with the $50,000 grand prize for its myfamily app that allows each family member to manage their health all through a single platform.