Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of October 3, 2014

October 4, 2014 in News

MA, Financial Reports and Funding

UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum will acquire MedSynergies, a provider of revenue cycle management and consulting services for physician practices, for an undisclosed sum.

COTA, a provider of cloud-based cost analytics and reimbursement systems, has raised $3.7 million in a Series A funding round led by Horizon Healthcare ServicesCohealo, a provider of medical equipment analytics services, has raised $3.1 million from undisclosed investors…Pristine, a developer of health care-related audio and video streaming applications for Google Glass, has raised $5.4 million in a funding round led by S3 Ventures Glow, a mobile health application developer, has raised $17 million in a funding round led by Formation 8.

Contracts

Beaumont Medical Group has selected Wellcentive‘s pay-for-performance and quality reporting system.

Product Development and Marketing

Quest Diagnostics, will integrate its diagnostic information services with Practice Fusion‘s cloud-based EHR systems…Axial Exchange has integrated its health management mobile applications with Apple HealthKit‘s mobile dashboard…The American Health Information Management Association has formed a collaboration with the Public Health Data Standards Consortium to create standards for clinical and public health data… MedStar Health, a provider network in Maryland and Washington, D.C., will integrate EHRs from 10 of its member hospitals with CVS Health‘s pharmacies and clinics.

Cerner, an EHR system developer, has selected hospital network Intermountain Healthcare as a consultant in its bid to replace the Military Health System‘s EHR systems…Spectralink will offer its wireless calling, alarm and alert tools and HIPAA-compliant text messaging services to users of Voalte‘s mobile clinical communication tools…WebMD, a medical information content provider, has partnered with pharmacy chain Walgreens to allow Walgreens customers to refill prescriptions and schedule appointments via the WebMD website or application.

Personnel

Mark Savage, director of health IT policy and programs at the National Partnership for Women Families, has been appointed to the board of the California Integrated Data Exchange, a not-for-profit health information exchange; Beth Ginzinger, vice president of provider joint ventures for Anthem Blue Cross‘ West Region, has been appointed to the board of Cal INDEX…Matthew Quinn, former director of health care initiatives at the Federal Communications Commission, has been named East Coast managing director for health care and life sciences at IntelBimal Shah, former quality improvement director at the Department of Medicine at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Duke Heart Center, has been named vice president of research services at Premier, an analytics and electronic clinical surveillance system provider.

John Guda — former senior managing partner and general manager of global health care and life sciences consulting at Computer Sciences Corporation, a provider of health IT tools and other technology services — has been named senior vice president and general manager of commercial health care at ICF International, a consulting and technology services provider…Judy Murphy – chief nursing officer and director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT — will step down Oct. 17 to become the chief nursing officer at IBM Healthcare Global Business Service

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