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Welltok acquires Tea Leaves Health, bolstering analytics suite

Welltok, best known for its CafeWell Health Optimization Platform, announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Tea Leaves Health.  Tea Leaves Health provides SaaS-based analytics and a marketing technology platform used by hospital systems to ta...

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Accenture latest to breach client data due to misconfigured AWS server

Photo via Michael Gray, Flickr. Technology and cloud leader Accenture inadvertently left four Amazon Web Services S3 buckets open to the public, which could have allowed any user to download the contents, according to a report from UpGuard securi...

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Epic CEO Judy Faulkner is standing behind switch from EHRs to 'CHRs'

You’ve probably heard that Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner wants to drop the E from electronic health records and replace it with a C. “‘E’ has to go away now. It’s all electronic,” Faulkner said at the company&rsqu...

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Cerner sued for $16 million over revenue cycle rollout

Agnesian Healthcare in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Photo via Wikimedia Wisconsin-based Agnesian Healthcare is suing Cerner for fraud and breach of warranty, claiming issues in its billing software resulted in losses of over $16 million. Further, the ...

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Black Book ranks top 50 disruptive health IT companies, see the list

Black Book on Friday published its roster of the 50 most disruptive tech companies in healthcare. From startups to household names — literally spanning athenahealth to ZeOmega — these are the companies that hospitals and payers rated high...

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Canadian Cerner install under investigation again, but mishaps go deeper than the tech

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada. Photo via Google Maps British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix launched a second investigation into the Cerner electronic health record system of Island Health (Vancouver Island He...

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Little-noticed Stage 3 meaningful use rule could pose big challenges for hospitals

CORRECTION: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made a change to Stage 3 meaningful use for Medicare-eligible hospitals via the Inpatient Perspective Payment System final rule, published in August. The regulation was amended to change...

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CMS says it will change direction of CMMI, wants providers to have greater flexibility in payment model design

CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Photo via Twitter The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is redesigning its Innovation Center to give providers greater flexibility in payment models while encouraging greater competition among healthcare sy...

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Blockchain for cybersecurity: What is its potential, what are its limitations?

  Sachin Shetty, associate professor at Old Dominion University's Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research, is excited about blockchain's potential, and is doing research with Sentara Healthcare into how it could be deployed. ...

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Attorney clears up misconceptions about HIPAA, cyber insurance, BAAs

  Matt Fisher, partner and chair of the health law group at Mirick O'Connell, says hospitals need to  know the facts about HIPAA compliance (it does not gurantee security), risk analysis (it shouldn't necessarily be done alon...

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MGMA: Predictive analytics is now a business necessity for healthcare

In 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced the Fraud Prevention System, a series of predictive algorithms designed to ferret out improper Part B payments that in its first three years prevented an estimated $820 million from b...

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Telehealth provider Avizia buys Carena, adds virtual care technologies

Telemedicine provider Avizia on Tuesday said that it has acquired Carena, a Seattle-based virtual care provider for an undisclosed sum. With the acquisition of Carena, Avizia now offers a telehealth platform that includes software, mobile application...

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