Friday, October 30, 2020

VA’s $16B EHR upgrade project finally goes live

After delaying the first go-live for its Cerner EHR twice this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs installed the system at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center Oct. 24. Part of a $16 billion deal to upgrade the VA’s EHR system, the implementation marks a major milestone in the project that aims to roll out...

Honor raises $140M to grow home-care network

In the fragmented home-care space, San Francisco-based startup Honor is trying to bring together more caregivers under one company. The idea is to reach a scale where it can coordinate with health systems and insurers while meeting a common standard of care. “Home care is hard. There is no one that has more than...

Why prioritizing health equity in the Covid-19 vaccine distribution is not just right, but necessary

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across our nation and robbed the lives of over 200,000 individuals in the United States, with what feels like no end in sight. Infecting our universities, workplaces, and communities at mounting rates, not even the highest level of federal leadership has been spared. It is even more heartbreaking...

Human API raises $20 million to bring health records into one place

With new interoperability rules coming into effect that would make it easier for people to share their health data, Human API is building a system to aggregate that information into one place. The San Mateo-based startup pulls in and organizes health data from a number of sources, including EHRs, labs, wearables and health...

Staying sane on the mission to Mars

For many, October marks the eighth month of social distancing measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The depth and duration of our isolation is something most of us have never had to endure. Most of us Earthlings, at any rate. Isolation isn’t a new normal for space explorers. It’s part of the job....

Healthcare CIO survey reveals how Covid-19 is impacting startup collaboration

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Despite the global pandemic, enterprise health systems have moved beyond “all Covid all the time” and are actively seeking new commercial relationships with health tech startups. However, given strained budgets, the bar for startups just went up a few notches.  That’s the takeaway from a survey of 20 health system CIOs and innovation leaders...

Black History Month: What does this mean for digital leaders?

Seventy seven per cent of the NHS workforce is female and 20% are people of colour, and yet there are still only around 10 women of colour in CIO/ CCIO roles or similar across the NHS. Data clearly shows that black women are particularly under-represented in digital leadership roles. Many black, Asian and...

Livongo’s top leaders to depart after Teladoc merger

After Teladoc’s massive merger with Livongo, several of the digital health startup’s top leaders will depart.  Livongo President Dr. Jennifer Schneider, who held a public role with the company, and often shared her dual perspectives as a physician and on her experience with type 1 diabetes, will leave the company. So will CEO...

Provider consolidation continues with Intermountain merging with Sanford Health

Photo: Natee Meepian, Getty Images Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare and South Dakota-based Sanford Health plan to merge in 2021, creating a 70-hospital system. If approved, the merger would combine the 24-hospital Intermountain Healthcare and 46-hospital Sanford Health to create a massive organization. In addition to the 70 hospitals, the combined organization would include 435 clinics and...

Online scheduling, virtual visits emerge as key criteria for selecting providers

Photo: nicescene, Getty Images As consumers become accustomed to shopping online via their smartphones and calling Ubers with the click of a button, the expectation that healthcare organizations will provide the same level of ease and convenience as Amazon is growing. A new report, from patient access solutions provider Kyruus found that 43% of...
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