Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of April 3, 2015

April 4, 2015 in News

MA, Financial Reports and Funding

Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm, has acquired e-MDs, a provider of an ambulatory EHR system, for an undisclosed sum…FitBit, a developer of wearable fitness trackers, has acquired FitStar, a mobile health application developer, for about $17.8 million.

Hello Heart, a mobile health app developer, has raised $1.3 million in a funding round led by Resolute VenturesmyHealthPal, a mobile health app developer, has raised $744,000 in a funding round led by multiple investors…Spruce, a provider of a mobile dermatology app, has raised $15 million from multiple investors…ZappRX, a developer of a pharmaceutical communication and management portal, has raised $5.6 million in a Series A funding round led by multiple investors.

Contracts

Scripps Health in California has selected Epic‘s EHR and revenue cycle management system…Magruder Hospital in Ohio has selected the CommonWell Health Alliance‘s interoperability services…the Children’s Hospital Association has selected Health Catalyst‘s data warehousing software…Kindred Healthcare, a provider of post-acute care services, has selected M*Modal‘s transcription, speech recognition and integrated clinical documentation improvement workflow management services.

Product Development and Marketing

Stratice Healthcare, a health IT vendor, has partnered with the MED Group, a group purchasing organization, to develop electronic durable medical equipment referrals and orders for MED Group members…the Mount Sinai Health System‘s Icahn School of Medicine and National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute have partnered with LifeMap Solutions, a mobile health company, to develop a care management app for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients…Alibaba Health Information Technology, a health IT subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding, has partnered with Zhejiang DiAn Diagnostics in China to develop an online health testing platform.

Personnel

John Scott — former group president at Andrew Corporation, a manufacturer of communication networks — has been named CTO of COR Medical Technologies, a provider of clinical decision support software…Jitin Asnaani, former director of technology standards and policy for EHR vendor athenahealth — has been named executive director of the CommonWell Health Alliance, a collaborative of health IT vendors…Bryan Sivak, CTO of HHS, will step down at the end of April…Hal Andrews — former vice president and general manager of hospital solutions at Availity, a health information network — has been named CEO of Shareable Ink, a provider of clinical documentation services…Charles Christian, former CIO of Good Samaritan Hospital in Indiana, has been named vice president of technology and engagement of the Indiana Health Information ExchangeRobert Steffel, former CEO of not-for-profit HealthBridge, has been named executive director of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, a national trade association of HIEs.

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