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Health IT Expo Announces Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer at UPMC, as Keynote Speaker

LAS VEGAS, January 30, 2018 – Healthcare Scene today announced that Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer at UMPC will deliver the keynote at the Health IT Expo, May 30 – June 1 at the New Orleans Marriott.

With an exploding Health IT market, CIOs and IT teams are awash in technology solutions. There are apps to solve every patient engagement challenge, systems to address every infrastructure bottleneck and platforms designed to overcome every clinical issue. There are even emerging technologies that solve problems we haven’t imagined yet.

Paradoxically, finding the right solution and speaking to someone that has already dealt with the same problem has never been harder. To help healthcare CIOs and their teams solve today’s healthcare challenges and to find answers to their critical questions, Healthcare Scene has organized the 2018 Health IT Expo (HITExpo18).

This one-of-a-kind event, takes place May 30 – June 1 at the New Orleans Marriott. Rather than focus on pie-in-the-sky technologies, HITExpo18 focuses on practical innovation and collaboration. Leading minds from healthcare organizations and proven HealthIT companies will gather for two days of intense knowledge sharing and problem solving.

Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer at UMPC will deliver the keynote address at HITExpo18.

“Here’s what we need in healthcare: more bridges and fewer silos. I am really excited to be part of this unique extravaganza that is HITExpo. HITExpo’s focus on practical innovation is truly refreshing and a needed counter-balance to the other health IT conferences. I am especially looking forward to collaborating with my peers. The time to come together in meaningful ways and solve for some of healthcare’s most pressing issues is now.”

As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst in transforming the organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system. A cross-functional team collaborator, he is committed to preparing and empowering UPMC for the future of health care. By driving alignment among stakeholders, championing new technologies, and tearing down organizational roadblocks, he creates an environment that accelerates idea generation and the conversion of ideas into reality.

In addition to leading innovation at UPMC, Dr. Shrestha also serves as Executive Vice President of UPMC Enterprises, pushing the needle in the pursuit of a unique blend of health care intelligence, technology expertise, and entrepreneurial drive to develop inventive and commercially successful solutions that address complex health care challenges. Dr Shrestha leads a team of over 200 technology professionals innovating towards intelligent health care, building patient-centric, value-based technology solutions that are transforming the industry. Through strategic partnerships, investments in start-ups and co-creation efforts, he champions the development, implementation, and commercialization of these innovations.

“We’re happy to have Dr. Shrestha as the keynote of the inaugural Health IT Expo. Dr. Shrestha understands how to bring real practical innovation to healthcare. He has a real understanding of the end user experience and how healthcare IT can both benefit and hinder that experience,” said John Lynn, Founder of Healthcare Scene and Health IT Expo. “Dr. Shrestha’s insights and perspectives will be invaluable to those healthcare IT professionals who attend Health IT Expo.”

In addition to Dr. Shrestha’s keynote, 40 other thought leaders and solution experts will be delivering/moderating sessions on these hot topic areas:

  • Security and Privacy
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • Communication and Patient Engagement
  • IT Dev Ops
  • Operational Alignment and Support

For more information about HITExpo, visit the conference website at www.expo.health

About Health IT Expo
The inaugural healthcare IT expo and conference is a unique venue for healthcare IT professionals to collaborate and improve healthcare using technology. Join us May 30 – June 1, 2018 in New Orleans as health IT professionals learn practical innovations during 40+ sessions that improve healthcare organization and lower costs.

About Healthcare Scene
The HealthcareScene.com network was launched in 2005 and currently consists of 5 blogs and resources containing over 12,500 articles. These EMR, EHR, and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times.  Along with these leading healthcare IT blogs, Healthcare Scene is also home to the leading healthcare IT career resources HealthcareITCentral.com and HealthcareITToday.com. Plus, Healthcare Scene also organizes the extremely popular Health IT Marketing and PR Conference and Health IT Expo.

January 30, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Cerner Corporation Names Brent Shafer CEO, Chairman

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:CERN) today announced that it has appointed Brent Shafer as its CEO and chairman of the board of directors, effective February 1. Previously CEO of Philips North America, Shafer oversaw the largest market of global technology provider Philips. Philips North America’s health technology portfolio includes a broad range of solutions and services covering patient monitoring, imaging, clinical informatics, sleep and respiratory care as well as a group of market-leading consumer-oriented brands. For 12 years, Shafer played a key role in helping Philips develop and strengthen its health care focus, increase its profitability and grow its market share.

Cerner Co-Founder Cliff Illig, who has served as interim CEO and chairman of the board since July 2017, will resume his role as vice chairman of the board, effective February 1.

“For decades, Cerner has built its reputation on meaningful innovation and driving client value,” Shafer said. “This company’s history of remarkable, sustained growth is testament to a strong leadership culture, and I’m excited to celebrate many new milestones with Cerner associates around the world. My commitment to Cerner’s clients, shareholders and associates worldwide is that we will continue to be the catalyst for real and effective improvement across health care.”

Shafer was appointed CEO of Philips North America in February 2014. Previously, Shafer was CEO of the global Philips Home Healthcare Solutions business from May 2010 until May 2014. He has had additional senior leadership positions with Philips and at other companies, including GE Medical Systems, Hill-Rom Company, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard.

“Brent is a proven chief executive who has helped lead the growth and strategies of a complex, multinational organization over a number of years,” Illig said. “He is committed to innovation, with extensive knowledge of health care, technology and consumer markets and an exceptional skill set that complements Cerner’s strong leadership team. Since our founding, Cerner has used the power of information technology to disrupt and improve health care. The addition of Brent to our leadership team positions Cerner well for our next era of growth.”

About Cerner
Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 27,000 provider facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner® solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients’ clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. Nasdaq: CERN.

January 10, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Allscripts to acquire Practice Fusion business

CHICAGO, Jan. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX), a global leader in healthcare technology, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Practice Fusion, for $100 million in cash, subject to adjustment for working capital and net debt.

Practice Fusion is a Silicon Valley pioneer in partnering with top-tier life sciences organizations to drive innovation. In combination with Allscripts existing payer and life sciences business, Allscripts expects to expand its big data insights and analytics, data sharing technologies, and clinical trial solutions to enable life sciences organizations to accelerate bringing life-changing therapies to market. Practice Fusion offers an affordable certified cloud-based EHR for traditionally hard-to-reach small, independent physician practices. Privately held Practice Fusion, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, supports 30,000 ambulatory practices and 5 million patient visits a month.

This strategic acquisition is expected to further advance Allscripts’ strategy to offer the most comprehensive, high performing health information technology and solutions. Practice Fusion’s EHR will complement and round out Allscripts existing ambulatory clinical portfolio, providing a value offering and “last mile” reach to the under-served clinicians in small and individual practices.

“By adding Practice Fusion offerings to our portfolio, Allscripts will be further positioned for continued growth and long-term leadership in healthcare,” said Allscripts President Rick Poulton. “Combined with Practice Fusion, we expect Allscripts to continue to drive innovation in addressing gaps-in-care, improving clinical outcomes and real-world-evidence research. Plus, Practice Fusion’s affordable EHR technology supports traditionally hard-to-reach independent physician practices, and its cloud-based infrastructure aligns with Allscripts forward vision for solution delivery.”

Poulton continued, “We believe this transaction will directly benefit Practice Fusion clients, who will now have access to Allscripts solutions and services. We look forward to welcoming Practice Fusion team members to our family. Allscripts highest priority remains to successfully meet healthcare providers’ highly complex needs as we enable them to lead the change to smarter care.”

Transaction Summary

This transaction is targeted to close in the first quarter of calendar 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the waiting period under U.S. antitrust laws.

Allscripts intends to fund the purchase price through its existing secured credit facilities and cash balances.

Additional details of the acquisition are available in a Form 8-K to be filed by Allscripts with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Allscripts

Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) is a leader in healthcare information technology solutions that advance clinical, financial and operational results. Our innovative solutions connect people, places and data across an Open, Connected Community of Health™. Connectivity empowers caregivers to make better decisions and deliver better care for healthier populations. To learn more, visit www.allscripts.comTwitterYouTube and It Takes A Community: The Allscripts Blog.

January 8, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

OpenEMR Cloud Express Now Available on AWS Marketplace

OpenEMR Cloud Express on AWS Marketplace offers an accessible, low-cost cloud hosting option for low-resource users.

OpenEMR Cloud LogoRUTLAND, Vt. – Dec. 20, 2017 — OpenEMR, the most popular open-source electronic health record (EHR) and medical practice management solution, announced the release of OpenEMR Cloud Express on AWS Marketplace. This offers users a simplified way to setup and use OpenEMR Cloud Express on AWS within minutes.

With a focus on ease of use and cost-effectiveness, OpenEMR Cloud Express leverages Amazon EC2, a secure virtual cloud server solution, allowing users to deploy the latest EMR software in under 10 minutes. Using cutting-edge container technology, the project team was able to provide a bundled version of the OpenEMR solution in a single unit for the cloud. “EC2 and Docker containers are a natural fit. You get the predictability of building and running software in containers along with the unparalleled features of the cloud to make sure the system is running as expected,” says Asher Densmore-Lynn, an OpenEMR contributor and cloud architect.

OpenEMR’s vibrant community of clinicians, scientists, and engineers developed OpenEMR Cloud Express with the goal of providing a low-cost, easier to use solution for users with low resources. “Oftentimes the targeted users of OpenEMR Cloud Express do not enjoy the same IT resource staffing that more developed countries have,” Dr. Brady Miller, an OpenEMR project administrator and physician states. Dr. Miller adds that “It is vital for our team to keep this in mind and I think we have hit this mark with the Express solution. A lay-person can set it up and even maintain it over time.”

Over the past few years of development, the community has learned of the use of OpenEMR in the university setting. OpenEMR contributor and incoming medical student, Jason Oettinger states: “It is my hope that OpenEMR Cloud Express will become a staple in the classroom. No longer will professors have to deal with unreliable physical server setups.” Jason went on to say that the solution is conducive to departments that are on a budget.

“Express is invariably going to be the option for folks looking to keep costs down. For some, anything above $10 a month in operating costs is simply not in the cards,” says Matthew Vita, an OpenEMR project administrator and software engineer. Mr. Vita further notes, “Despite Express’s low cost, there is still a focus on best security practices and data backup processes.”

The Cloud Development team has provided easy-to-follow instructions for setting up OpenEMR Cloud Express. The Cloud Development team also released a video that includes a description of OpenEMR Cloud Express with easy to follow instructions at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfsgKv7zefs

About OpenEMR

OpenEMR is an electronic health record (EHR) system that was originally developed in 2002 by physicians to help them run their practices. As an open-source project, it is maintained and supported by a vibrant community of volunteers and professionals that includes several hundred contributors and is supported by more than 40 companies. OpenEMR is ONC Certified as a Complete EHR, and it is recognized as the most popular open-source electronic health records and medical practice management solution in the world. OpenEMR is downloaded more than 5,000 times per month, and it is estimated that it is used by more than 100,000 medical providers serving more than 200 million patients. OpenEMR has been translated into 33 languages and is used by facilities in more than 100 countries across the globe. Open-source software has changed the world for the better, and OpenEMR is a leader in open-source healthcare software. Costly proprietary EMRs are no longer the only option. For more information please visit http://www.open-emr.org.

December 20, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CareCloud Predicts 2018 Will Be the “Year of the Patient”

Insights from health tech leader show increased use of mobile technology among medical practices to improve patient health outcomes, the patient experience, and practice performance for the year ahead

MIAMI — December 20, 2017 — CareCloud, the platform for high-growth medical practices, is revealing its top predictions for 2018, including modern mobile technology redefining how medical groups deliver patient experience alongside patient care. Medical practices have reached a tipping point as the industry accelerates its shift to value-based care and adapts to patient demands for a better consumer experience at the doctor’s office. CareCloud researchers tracking the intersection of technology with patient expectations believe that a rising tide of patient consumerism, combined with regulatory and financial trends, will make 2018 the year medical practices invest in modern mobile technology and hardware that strengthen practice-patient interactions.

“With patient out-of-pocket costs now accounting for 20-30 percent of a practice’s revenue, a better patient experience is good medicine for the bottom line,” said Ken Comée, CEO of CareCloud. “Consumers are bringing their expectations for personalized on-demand service — and convenience in how they pay for and interact with that service — into the doctor’s office. From wait-times to overdue bills, consumers want to know exactly where they stand with their medical providers, in real-time, via their mobile devices. We expect 2018 will be a watershed year for mobile technology that extends and improves the practice-patient experience outside the office walls.”

CareCloud is sharing its top five predictions for the upcoming “Year of the Patient”:

1. PXM as a New Category: A new segment in health technology is emerging: patient experience management (PXM) is poised to join electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management (RCM) and practice management (PM) as a peer category and a must-have for any medical group in 2018. PXM systems cover a wide range of patient interactions with their health, including digital check-in, reminders, and personalized education — in the practice, at home or on the go. With patient-friendly mobile interfaces, PXM uses data from the practice’s back-end technology suite in real-time to serve an exceptional patient workflow. All of which are key requirements given the growing importance of the patient payment process and rising patient expectations.

2. Paying Attention to Attention: 2017 study of over 1,100 patients by CareCloud showed that patients value personal attention from their physician, even more than their actual medical outcomes. A full seven out ten patients say that personal attention matters highly, jumping to 83 percent for patients over 60 years old. Compare that to 58 percent of patients saying health outcomes are key to their overall satisfaction. Medical practices will be expanding their focus on the patient experience in 2018, using techniques from the likes of Disney and Ritz-Carlton to train staff and create cultures of incredible service. Technology that reduces physician burnout and helps expand attention to patients will also be hot in the year ahead. Look for EHRs focused on fewer clicks to give clinicians more time for patient care.

3.  Perfecting the Payment Process: U.S. patients are already paying for 25 percent of their medical costs out-of-pocket. Experts predict premiums will increase by 40 percent in 2018. At the same time, a recent CareCloud study shows one in three patients has never been asked to pay their medical bills during a visit. In the year ahead, medical practices will integrate better payment options and more price transparency into their patient experience — streamlining the process for practices while meeting the evolving needs of their patient populations. Look for mainstream financial giants such as First Data acting on new opportunities for fintech growth in the medical sector.

4. The Millennial Movement: Millennials are now the largest generational cohort in the U.S., outpacing Baby Boomers by half a million people. Their expectations and decisions are shaping the future of medicine. Early indications show they’re more discerning “buyers.” In fact, a recent CareCloud survey found that more than half of millennials would switch doctors if that led to reduced wait times. Millennials are also twice as likely as other age groups to switch doctors in order to use a computer/tablet to check in. For these reasons, medical groups will start transforming their practice to attract and retain this younger cohort of patients. Startups such as Forward are aiming at the millennial healthcare market and big tech players such as Amazon and Apple are expanding their interest — seeing potential in this large and growing segment of patients.

5.  Analyze This: Despite an uncertain healthcare climate in 2017, government regulations continued to evolve in support of value-based reimbursement models. The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and incentive payments for Alternative Payment Models (APMs) both advanced the focus on patient engagement, care coordination, and more collaborative care. Now that systems have been made electronic through the shift from paper to EHR, practices will lean more on their digitized records next year to run population health analytics like those from Lightbeam in an effort to provide a more patient-centric approach to care. Practices that integrate analytics into their workflows will find data to be a distinct strategic asset in highly competitive markets.

About CareCloud

CareCloud is the leading provider of cloud-based revenue cycle management (RCM), practice management (PM), electronic health record (EHR), and patient experience management (PXM) solutions for high-performance medical groups. CareCloud helps clients increase financial and operational performance, streamline clinical workflows, and improve patient care nationwide. The company currently manages more than $4 billion in annualized accounts receivable on its integrated clinical and financial platform. For additional information about CareCloud’s medical practice market research or patient experience management technologies, please visit carecloud.com.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Industry Report Highlights Widespread Dissatisfaction with EHRs and PHMs for Quality Performance Management

97% of Surveyed Health Systems Relying on Solutions Considered Unsatisfactory

CHICAGO – November 15, 2017 – SA Ignite Inc., a leading provider of solutions that simplify and automate the management of complex value-based programs, today announced key findings from its recent industry study. The State of QPP Preparedness Industry Report, conducted in collaboration with Porter Research, analyzed feedback from nearly 120 health system executives regarding their organizations’ preparedness for CMS’s Quality Payment Program (QPP). Researchers found that while most health systems are relying solely on electronic health record (EHR) or population health management (PHM) solutions for quality reporting, the majority are unsatisfied with the performance of those systems, indicating that organizations are at risk of missing out on their goals of maximizing payment incentives.

The QPP is a CMS initiative created under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to improve health outcomes and aid the transition to value-based care. Ninety-four percent of the study respondents are actively participating in the QPP, which is indicative of the rapid national adoption of value-based programs.

According to the study, 97% of respondents say their organizations are relying on their EHRs or PHMs for QPP reporting. However, they have very low confidence in these tools, especially when it comes to the most critical functions related to QPP performance, such as:

  • Identifying all eligible clinicians
  • Pinpointing focus areas to increase scores
  • Seeing overall MIPS score/estimated financial impact

Additional study findings include:

  • The majority (64%) of health systems are seeking to maximize their QPP payment incentives.
  • 73% of respondents reported that their system vendor does not offer a specific QPP management solution.
  • There is a lack of consistency across organizations as to which department manages the QPP. Respondents cited quality, clinical, administrative, IT, and population health departments as various managers of the program.

“EHR and PHM solutions were designed to manage patient care, not to optimize performance in value-based programs,” said Matt Fusan, Director of Customer Experience of SA Ignite. “It should come as no surprise that these solutions don’t have the necessary functionality to support quality performance management. Healthcare leaders hoping to maximize their incentives must look beyond the EHR to solutions that mitigate complexity and facilitate proactive program management.”

Click here to learn more about this study and its results, and to receive practical guidance on how to manage quality performance and maximize payment incentives.

About SA Ignite, Inc.

SA Ignite’s compliance management and predictive analytics platform simplifies the complexities of evolving value-based initiatives, including MIPS and Meaningful Use for Medicaid. Some of the nation’s largest healthcare organizations optimize their quality scores to reduce reputational and financial risk with the help of timely, actionable insights from SA Ignite. For more information, visit www.saignite.com.

November 15, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Ground-breaking whistleblower case against EHR vendor eClinicalWorks settles for $155M

Whistleblower lawsuit against eClinicalWorks settles for $155 million in ground-breaking case against an electronic health records vendor

BURLINGTON, VERMONT, May 31, 2017 – A whistleblower represented by Phillips & Cohen LLP provided key information to the government that led to eClinicalWorks (eCW) settlement of civil fraud and kickback charges today for $155 million.

“This is a ground-breaking case,” said Colette G. Matzzie, a whistleblower attorney and partner at Phillips & Cohen. “It is the first time that the government has held an electronic health records vendor accountable for failing to meet federal standards designed to ensure patient safety and quality patient care.”

The settlement is a “first” in two other ways: (1) An electronic health records (EHR) vendor is being held accountable for the truthfulness and accuracy of representations made when seeking government certification of its electronic health records system; and (2) The government applied the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) law to the promotion and sale of EHR systems.

The government’s settlement agreement holds eCW and eCW’s founders and executives Girish Navani, Dr. Rajesh Dharampuriya, and Mahesh Navani liable for payment.  The government today also announced it has reached separate settlements with three eClinicalWorks employees who will pay a total of $80,000 to the government to settle civil allegations.

The whistleblower, Brendan Delaney, was a New York City government employee implementing eClinicalWorks EHR system at Rikers Island for prisoner healthcare when he first became aware of numerous software problems that he alleged put patients at risk.

The government’s complaint joining the “qui tam” (whistleblower) lawsuit alleged that eClinicalWorks:

·         Falsely certified that its EHR met all government criteria

·         Failed to adequately test software before it was released

·         Failed to correct critical and urgent problems and bugs in the software “for months and even years.”

·         Failed to ensure data portability and audit log requirements

·         Failed to reliably record laboratory and diagnostic imaging orders

·         Paid kickbacks totaling at least $392,000 to influential customers to recommend eClinicalWorks products to prospective customers as well as other kickbacks in the form of “consulting” and “speaker” fees

“Accurate and reliable electronic health records are essential to good patient care and safety,” said Matzzie. “The most important outcome of the case is that multiple steps have been taken to alert eClinicalWorks customers, so patients now are better protected.”

eClinicalWorks is the provider of one of the most popular electronic health records software. The privately held company, based in Westborough, MA, says on its website that over 70,000 medical facilities, 115,000 providers and 800,000 medical professionals use its EHR technology.

Both the government and the whistleblower alleged that eClinicalWorks falsely represented to customers that its EHR system complied with federal requirements known as “Meaningful Use” rules.

“Compliance with federal requirements is essential for EHR sales,” said Larry Zoglin, a whistleblower attorney who is Of Counsel to Phillips & Cohen. “Doctors and other healthcare providers can receive federal incentive payments for purchasing EHR technology only if the government certifies that the EHR product they buy meets government standards.”

The incentive program, created by Congress in 2009 to promote the use of EHR, provided payments of up to $43,720 over five years from Medicare to individual healthcare practitioners up until last year. Medicaid incentive payments to individual practitioners can total up to $63,750 over six years until 2021.

Problems that were caused by eClinicalWorks EHR, as alleged in the whistleblower complaint, include:

·         Failure to keep an accurate record of current medications administered to patients

·         Mistakenly Including in a patient’s medical record information from another patient’s record

·         Multiple errors with medication module, including failure to ensure proper dosages, errors with start/stop dates, failure to record changes to medications, duplicate orders for certain prescription drugs, and failure to display current medication at all in some instances

·         Inaccurate tracking of laboratory results

·         Software security problems that undermined the integrity of the medical record

During the government’s investigation of Delaney’s allegations, eClinicalWorks sent out in 2016 a series of advisories to customers, educating them on potential patient safety risks related to use of its EHR.  For instance, a December 2016 notice from eClinicalWorks highlighted a number of risks related to medication management, drug-allergy interactions and updating progress notes with use of its software.  (A list of eCW’s advisories is posted on the Phillips & Cohen website.)

“Brendan Delaney provided the government with information about eClinicalWorks software that became central aspects of the government’s case,” attorney Zoglin said. “He worked tirelessly to document and track the EHR problems, often working until late at night, after a full day at his job. He felt a responsibility to the community at large to get the problems fixed.”

Delaney has worked as a consultant on EHR systems for various hospitals and healthcare providers since he left employment with the City of New York in 2011.

“I was profoundly saddened and disappointed by the indifference of senior health department officials and investigators for New York City when I provided detailed information about serious flaws in the EHR software that could endanger patients,” Delaney said. “I am grateful that Phillips & Cohen and federal government attorneys recognized the seriousness of my charges and dug into the matter quickly and thoroughly.”

The case has been “under seal” – meaning it wasn’t publicly known – since Phillips & Cohen filed the qui tam lawsuit on behalf of Delaney in 2015 in federal district court in Burlington, Vermont.

“The government attorneys and investigators who worked on this case were single-minded in their efforts to protect patients and recover funds for taxpayers,” Matzzie said. “I want to commend the US Department of Justice, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont and the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Assistant US Attorney Owen Foster’s perseverance and efforts, in particular, were a big reason this case was successful.”

“Brendan Delaney, Phillips & Cohen and the government team collaborated very closely and effectively to build this case and bring it to a successful conclusion,” Matzzie noted.

Former US Attorney Tristram J. Coffin and Eric Poehlmann of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC served as local counsel in the case.

For more information about the allegations and the settlement, see:

·         The whistleblower’s complaint against eClinicalWorks [US ex rel. Delaney v. eClinicalWorks, LLC, Case No. 15-CV-00095 (D. Vt.)]

·         The government’s complaint in intervention, filed May 12, 2017

·         The settlement agreement with eClinicalWorks

·         The Department of Justice Press release

·         US Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont press release

About Phillips & Cohen LLP

Phillips & Cohen is the nation’s most successful law firm representing whistleblowers, with recoveries for governments totaling more than $12.1 billion in civil settlements and criminal fines. The firm represents whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits as well as cases brought under the whistleblower reward programs of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. www.phillipsandcohen.com

May 31, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Modernizing Medicine Announces $231 Million Equity Investment from Warburg Pincus

Financing to Support Growth and Advance Innovation for Surgical and Medical Specialties

BOCA RATON, Fla. and NEW YORK – May 10, 2017 – Specialty-specific health information technology leader Modernizing Medicine, Inc. today announced that funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing, have made a substantial investment of $231 million into the company to provide liquidity to existing shareholders, fund further expansion and support future strategic endeavors.

Founded in 2010 by Daniel Cane and Dr. Michael Sherling, Modernizing Medicine is at the forefront of providing intelligent, medical technology. The company’s award-winning flagship product EMA™, is a mobile, cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic health record (EHR) system that is used by thousands of specialty practices nationwide.

Modernizing Medicine’s success can be attributed to its development of technology to support the unique needs of physicians in surgical and medical specialties. With the premise that it was easier to teach physicians how to code software rather than for engineers to learn medicine, Modernizing Medicine hired practicing physicians to build EHR software. The results of this model and time-saving features such as adaptive learning and automated outputs supported by structured data collection have been embraced by physicians. The company now offers a full suite of products and services to empower physicians including Practice Management, Revenue Cycle Management, Telehealth for dermatology, Analytics and more.

With the latest round of funding, the company anticipates pursuing certain strategic initiatives, that may include automation of prior authorization workflows, deployment of an eCommerce platform, investment in data exchange and reconciliation to help practices move clinically relevant data effectively throughout the evolving ecosystem of a patient’s healthcare experience and improvement of access to healthcare via telemedicine.

Modernizing Medicine is also pleased to welcome Fred Hassan, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus and the former CEO and Chairman of Schering Plough and Executive Chairman of Bausch & Lomb, and Amr Kronfol, Principal, Warburg Pincus, to its Board of Directors.

“We expect this infusion of capital from Warburg Pincus to be instrumental in advancing our mission to transform how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized to increase efficiency and improv outcomes,” said Daniel Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “Warburg Pincus brings deep experience in the healthcare technology sector and this investment can help further our growth, bolster innovation and support our clients.”

“Modernizing Medicine’s innovative, market-leading technology is used by thousands of specialty practices and ambulatory surgery centers and is focused on improving both business and treatment outcomes,” said Amr Kronfol, Principal, Warburg Pincus.

Andrew Park, Principal, Warburg Pincus, commented, “We see meaningful opportunities for the company’s continued growth and acceleration of existing products and initiatives, and we look forward to partnering with Dan, Michael and the entire management team.”

Evidence of the company’s success is the announcement that the dermatology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery and urology EHR systems were each ranked #1 by Black Book™ on the Physician Practice & Ambulatory Solutions lists. This is the seventh consecutive year that the gGastro™ gastroenterology EHR system ranked first, and the fourth consecutive year that the EMA™ dermatology EHR system earned the top spot. Read the press release here.

May 11, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

OpenEMR Achieves Complete Meaningful Use Certification with Release 5.0

RUTLAND, Vt., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — OpenEMR, the most popular open source electronic health records (EHR) and medical practice management solution, has announced today that OpenEMR version 5.0 has achieved Complete ONC certification, through Infogard.  This certification is vital for medical practices in the U.S. to comply with MACRA and participate in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program.

The Complete Meaningful Use Certification was the result of a community effort that spanned several years, involving over $200,000 in effort and code contributions.  The number of enhancements brought into OpenEMR was expansive and includes standardization of patient medical information, coordination of care, patient privacy, patient engagement, security, public health and automated calculations of metrics and clinical quality measures.  The list of direct contributors to this effort included ZH Healthcare, Ensoftek, Visolve, MI-Squared, Brady Miller MD, EMR Direct, Jan Jajalla, Sunset Systems, Columbia University Certification of Professional Achievement in Health IT, Jeff Guillory NP, Ray Magauran MD, and John Tenny MD, among others.

The OpenEMR 5.0 release boasts many features unrelated to meaningful use.  Modernization was the theme, which includes a new logo and website, www.open-emr.org.  A major enhancement in this release is the sleek user interface, geared towards efficient workflow.  “I have used OpenEMR for seven years.  The new user interface makes the life of providers simpler and easier, with fast retrieval and entering of patient information in a single screen, while supporting a robust feature set,” said OpenEMR user Dr. Arnab Naha MBBS.

Another enhancement is a feature-packed Ophthalmology/Optometry module, designed and built by Ray Magauran MD, a practicing Ophthalmologist.  “As ophthalmologists, we need a product that matches our workflows, doesn’t slow us down or cost an arm and a leg.  My clinic is now paperless.  We have moved into the cloud,” said OpenEMR volunteer developer, Ray Magauran MD.

This release brings enhancements in the patient tracker, reporting, scheduling, billing, security, and form validation modules.  Internationalization of OpenEMR was enhanced by adding support for right to left languages to the already included 33 languages.  Enterprise use of OpenEMR was strengthened by upgrading the MySQL database engine to InnoDB.  Accessibility for OpenEMR developers was improved by migrating the codebase repository from Sourceforge to Github, which allows for efficient, coordinated development.

The OpenEMR community remains committed to continued support and improvement of the OpenEMR product.  “The last year has been a golden age for OpenEMR with increasing active development and a broadening community of developers, users, volunteers, professionals, and OpenEMR champions.  As OpenEMR continues to improve and needs for OpenEMR increases, I expect OpenEMR’s successes to continue into the future,” said OpenEMR project co-administrator Brady Miller MD.

About OpenEMR
OpenEMR was originally released as an open source project in 2002 and is maintained and supported by a vibrant community of volunteers and professionals.  OpenEMR is the most popular open source electronic health records and medical practice management solution.  OpenEMR is downloaded more than 7,000 times per month and it has been estimated that OpenEMR serves more than 100,000 medical providers and up to 200 million patients across the globe.  For more information, visit: http://www.open-emr.org.

About OEMR
OEMR is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2010 to support the OpenEMR project with a mission to ensure that all people, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or geographic location, have access to high-quality medical care through the donation of free, open source medical software and service relating to that software.  The OEMR organization is the legal entity that maintains ONC certification for OpenEMR.  For more information, visit: http://www.oemr.org.

March 2, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Aprima Medical Software Acquires EHR Reseller Healthcare Data Solutions

Aprima to provide ongoing support to HDS’s 300 provider clients across U.S.

Dallas, TX (January 18, 2017) – Aprima Medical Software, a leading provider of innovative electronic health records (EHR), practice management (PM) and revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions for medical practices, today announced the acquisition of a former reseller Healthcare Data Solutions (HDS) of Coral Cables, FL. As part of the agreement, Aprima will assume full support for HDS’s customers, which include approximately 300 providers in 125 medical practices across 15 states. Financial terms were not disclosed.

HDS works with physician groups across the country to identify IT solutions that best fit their needs and to implement and support their ongoing system needs.

“We have worked closely with the HDS team since adding them to our reseller program in 2012,” said Aprima CEO and president Michael Nissenbaum. “When we first learned that HDS founder Rodney Barreto was interested in pursuing other business opportunities, we saw it as an excellent opportunity to expand our direct client base, while also continuing HDS’s longtime tradition of delivering excellent customer support and service.”

Aprima previously acquired RCM services provider Health Care Strategies in 2011. Since acquiring Health Care Strategies, Aprima has grown its RCM client base threefold and quadrupled the dollars under management. As a whole over the same period, Aprima has experienced annual double-digit growth in revenue and EBITDA and maintained a 98 percent customer retention rate.

“We regularly explore opportunities that we believe will provide our customers with complementary products or services, or align with our long-term strategy of building revenues and helping physicians achieve their financial and care delivery goals,” said Nissenbaum. “The acquisition of HDS certainly fits into the second category and we look forward to working with HDS as we transition their customers to the Aprima support team.”

“We’ve had a great working relationship with Aprima over the last few years and have observed their strong commitment to addressing customer needs, and have benefited from the solid support they provide their resellers,” said Rodney Barreto, managing partner at HDS. “I am confident that our customers will be extremely pleased with the quality support and service that the Aprima team will provide.”

About Aprima Medical Software, Inc.

Aprima provides innovative electronic health record, practice management and revenue cycle management solutions for medical practices. Throughout the company’s 18-year history, Aprima has delivered quality solutions that have helped thousands of users enhance patient care and satisfaction, as well as improve their practices’ bottom lines. The Aprima EHR/PM sets the benchmark for ease-of-use, speed, and flexibility, thanks to its single database and customizable design that adapts automatically to individual physician workflows. The Aprima solution has earned Certification for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and been awarded pre-validation status for NCQA PCMH recognition. The company is based in Richardson, Texas and performs all development, support and implementation from within the U.S. To learn more about how Aprima can help your practice, please visit www.aprima.com, call us at 844 4APRIMA or email us at info@aprima.com.

About Healthcare Data Solutions

Healthcare Data Solutions is a Miami, FL-based Gold Certified Aprima reseller. HDS empowers physicians to practice medicine in the 21st century. HDS offers a full suite of Health IT services and solutions that enable providers to select solutions that best fit the needs of their practice.

January 18, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.