Allscripts has dropped its lawsuit against the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation over a $303 million electronic health record contract awarded to Epic Systems. Allscripts said it looks forward to working with HHC in the future. Bloomberg, Health Data Management.
A Kalorama Information report finds that the remote patient monitoring market grew from $8.9 billion in 2011 to $10.6 billion in 2012. The report predicts that the market will continue growing and reach $20.9 billion by 2016. Clinical Innovation & Technology, Healthcare IT News.
Health IT company Cerner has acquired Labotix Automation, a provider of automated sorting systems for clinical laboratories, for an undisclosed sum. Lisa Lewis has been named deputy national coordinator for operations at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Prescription drug data mining company IMS Health has acquired Appature, a marketing information provider for the health care sector, for an undisclosed sum. Asthmapolis will provide its mobile asthma management tool to members of Amerigroup Florida, a health plan provider.
A research2guidance report predicts that the global market for mobile health tools will reach $26 billion by 2017. The report states that most of the revenue will come from mobile health products and services, not application downloads. MobiHealthNews, FierceMobileHealthcare.
A report from PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that health care organizations are seeking strategies to address a growing shortage of health IT workers. Among surveyed CEOs of health care organizations, nearly 80% said they plan to increase their technology investments next year and 77% said they are revisiting their hiring strategies for health IT staff. PhysBizTech, Healthcare IT News.
Dell, Intel, Red Hat and VMware will open a center for hospitals to test a new approach for running Epic Systems' EHR technology on the Linux operating system. Deloitte Consulting is working with Utah's Intermountain Healthcare on health care data collection and analytics.
Officials from Epic Systems say that the company was not asked to join a new alliance of electronic health record vendors working to improve EHR interoperability. Epic officials claim that the company's exclusion could be an effort to combat its dominance. Bloomberg, Forbes.
Five electronic health record vendors have announced the launch of the CommonWell Health Alliance, which aims to support greater access to health data through improved interoperability. The alliance -- which includes Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, Greenway Medical Technologies and McKesson -- will work to create a centralized EHR locator service. Becker's Hospital Review et al.
Web-based EHR provider Practice Fusion has acquired 100Plus, a provider of health care predictive analytics tools, for an undisclosed sum. M*Modal will integrate its clinical documentation platform with 3M Health Information Systems' documentation, coding and data analytics tools.
iMedicor, a health care communications and data exchange firm, has acquired HITS Consulting Group and ClariDIS Corporation for an undisclosed sum. Roger Baker plans to resign as CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Peter Levin plans to resign as CTO of VA.
Large health IT vendors -- such as Allscripts and Cerner -- that lobbied for the legislation that created the meaningful use incentive program have seen significant increases in sales over the past few years. Executives from smaller firms say the legislation solidified the larger companies' position in the industry and made it difficult for others to break into the field and innovate. New York Times.
Arnot Ogden Medical Center in New York has selected Merge Healthcare's cardiac imaging and informatics tools. Russell Branzell -- CEO of the Colorado Health Medical Group -- has been named president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
A report from IMS Research predicts that the number of U.S. residents using telehealth services will increase nearly sixfold between 2012 and 2017. According to the report, nearly 1.3 million U.S. residents will be using telehealth tools by 2017. The Hill's "Healthwatch" et al.
CMS has awarded a contract to Emdeon to test HIPAA transaction processing standards. The American Health Information Management Association named Deborah Green as executive vice president of operations and COO and Denise Froemming as executive vice president and CFO.