Health IT Business News – Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Health IT Business News

Today’s Business News

Quality Systems, Inc. announced it has acquired Mirth Corporation, a global leader in health information technology that helps clients achieve interoperability. The acquisition will enhance the Company’s current enterprise interoperability initiatives and broaden its accountable and collaborative care, population health, disease management and clinical data exchange offerings.

NextGen, a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, and Clinical Decision Support Consortium (CDSC) announced today the successful deployment of a clinical decision support tool aimed at making evidence-based clinical knowledge more readily available to healthcare providers. NextGen Healthcare client Willamette Valley Providers (WVP) Health Authority  is one of the first clinical sites with a commercial electronic health record (EHR) to take the program live.

Multiple technologies play a significant role in connecting providers and patients in the delivery of quality care.  Video in particular is one of the key components in establishing and implementing telehealth services including real-time patient-provider consultations. Now GlobalMed, the leader in the development of advanced medical devices, software, cloud services and video conferencing technologies, is incorporating video into its corporate blog.  The company today announced the debut of “Take Note with Joel E. Barthelemy”, a weekly video blog designed to increase the understanding of some of the most pressing issues and challenges facing the telehealth industry. Take Note with Joel E. Barthelemy, featuring GlobalMed’s Founder and Managing Director, is a weekly feature on the company’s blog. In the debut video, Barthelemy discusses licensure barriers for providers looking to start telehealth programs in remote areas.

Governor Deval Patrick today celebrated the expansion of athenahealth, a leading supplier of cloud-based services for electronic health record, practice management and health care coordination at the Arsenal on the Charles in Watertown. To support the company’s expansion, the Patrick Administration’s Economic Development Coordinating Council (EACC) approved $9.5 million in tax credits to athenahealth in June through the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP), the state’s investment tax credit program for businesses. As part of a multi-phase improvement project, athenahealth plans to invest an additional $89 million for building improvements, which will include construction, furnishings and equipment. The company’s expansion will create 1,900 net new full-time jobs over 10 years and retain 1,047 full-time employees in the Commonwealth.

Infor, a provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, announced that Community Medical Centers (CMC), Fresno’s largest healthcare provider with more than 6,800 employees, three hospitals, several long-term care and outpatient facilities and a physician residency program, has selected Infor Healthcare to better manage data across its growing network. CMC selected the Infor Cloverleaf Integration suite in order to migrate from Oracle’s legacy eGate integration platform and better support the exchange of healthcare data within the organization to improve patient care.

OmniMD, of Tarrytown, N.Y., has donated the use of its electronic health record technology valued at $7.6 million to Quinnipiac University, as part of a four-year agreement. Representatives of Quinnipiac’s Frank H. Netter MD School of MedicineSchool of Nursing and School of Health Sciences are working with OmniMD to develop an electronic health record system that will be used by faculty and students in each of the three schools. Divan Dave, CEO and founder of OmniMD, said, “OmniMD has benefited from the need for software in the health care industry. This is our opportunity to give back to the next generation of providers. We are truly honored to be a part of Quinnipiac’s health education mission.”

Xerox has processed and disbursed more than $1.7 billion in federal incentives to healthcare providers who use electronic health records. Providers apply for the incentives using a secure, web-based tool from Xerox to show that they have implemented and used EHRs under federal guidelines. Known as the State Level Registry, or SLR, the tool, one of the first of its kind, helps states track and confirm qualified applicants and reduces fraud by ensuring providers meet the threshold for incentive payments.

Truven Health Analytics™ today announced that its Micromedex® Expanded NeoFax® Drug Information and Expanded Pediatric Drug Information evidence-based resources now feature integration-ready functionality, allowing a seamless connection of patient data with a healthcare facility’s Electronic Medical Record (EHR) or Hospital Information System (HIS). This new HL7 integration-ready functionality allows clinicians caring for critically-ill neonates, infants and children — either at the bedside or from the pharmacy — to access evidence-based clinical decision support (CDS), calculate and create drug and parenteral nutrition orders, and interface with the facility’s computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system, all without leaving their workflow or the patient’s bedside.