HIT Newser: The CommonWell Alliance Gets More Common

The CommonWell Alliance Gets More Common

Aprima and CareCloud join Allscripts, Cerner, McKesson, athenahealth, Greenway, and RelayHealth in the CommonWell Alliance, a nonprofit consortium of HIT vendors focused on fostering interoperability.

Coalition Says Stick to ICD-10 Schedule

CHIME, AHIMA, HFMA, and a dozen more industry organizations send a letter to Congressional leaders urging no further delays to the implementation of ICD-10.

CVS Health Ramps Up Digital Health Efforts

CVS Health will expand its efforts in digital healthcare with the opening of a 15,000 square foot innovation lab in Boston that will house up to 100 employees.

KLAS: NextGen Tops for RCM Services

KLAS names NextGen Healthcare the top provider of ambulatory 2014 RCM services in a report that ranks the best-performing HIT vendors for outsourced billing and RCM.

OIG Names HIT a Top 2015 Management Challenge

The HHS OIG names IT issues among the top challenges facing HHS for 2015. Ensuring the meaningful use and security of electronic health information was one of 10 top management challenges cited by the OIG, along with the operating and overseeing of health insurance marketplaces and ensuring the appropriate use of prescription drugs Medicare and Medicaid.

Show Me the Money

Cue, a developer of a diagnostic screening device for testing inflammation, hormone levels, and fertility levels in the home, raises $7.5 million, led by Sherpa Ventures.

Healthcare analytics company MedeAnalytics acquires OnFocus Healthcare, a provider of enterprise performance management solutions.

Valence Health secures a $15 million growth equity investment led by Heritage Group.

Emdeon agrees to acquire Change Healthcare, a provider of engagement solutions for healthcare consumers, for approximately $135 million cash upfront and an additional $50 million in potential earnouts.

MaineGeneral health renews its contract with Allscripts for Allscripts Sunrise and Touchworks EHR and will add the FollowMyHealth patient engagement platform.

Mercy Orthopedic Hospital Springfield selects Emmi Solutions as it patient engagement provider.

Texas-based Sundance Behavioral Health System will implement HCS Interactant Revenue Cycle, Financial, Mobile, and Insight modules.

Rio Grande Valley HIE and UT Health Science Center select Wellcentive’s population health management solutions and services.

New Blood

John Glaser, head of Siemens HIT division, will join Cerner as SVP to concentrate on “driving technology and product strategies, interoperability and government policy development.

Alere appoints Juliet Cunningham (Lytx, Mitek and Novatel Wireless) VP of Investor Relations.

The ONC appoints Chartese Day (Ketchum Public Relations) as director of the office of public affairs and communications and Amanda Woodhead (Emdeon) as stakeholder engagement lead in OPAC.

CMS names Niall Brennan the agency’s first chief data officer, tasked with overseeing improvements in data collection and dissemination. Brennan most recently served as a senior research associate for the Brookings Institution.

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