November 20, 2015
iMedicalApps broke the news today that Epocrates, an athenahealth subsidiary, has pulled its Bugs + Drugs app from the app store. The free mobile app, which launched in fall 2013 shortly after athenahealth acquired Epocrates, was designed to use big data to help doctors keep track of bacterial immunities and prescribe the right antibiotics.
The app was well-received initially -- it promised to...
October 29, 2015
Ochsner Health System's O Bar
By and large, the barriers to integrating patient generated data into hospital systems are no longer technical, according to a panel of technology experts at the Partners Connected Health Symposium. Instead, the barriers are about physician workflow and organizational management.
"You need to have an organizational structure and a process that supports what you’re...
September 22, 2015
What expectations about technology will the next generation of physicians have? That's the question Epocrates set out to answer with its Future Physicians of America survey of more than 1,000 medical students.
The students surveyed overwhelmingly agreed that interoperability of EHRs was critically needed, and that it needs to be easy to share patient data across different stakeholders, both...
May 28, 2015
Health IT vendor athenahealth has announced the second class in its relatively new accelerator program, called More Disruption Please (MDP). MDP launched last September and now has six portfolio companies, three based in San Francisco and three in Boston.
MDP companies receive seed funding, office space, and mentorship from athenahealth along with access to athenahealth's network of providers,...
December 4, 2014
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) plans to reintroduce the SOFTWARE Act, a bipartisan bill that would establish a new regulatory framework for health information technology, early next year. Blackburn announced the news at a Bipartisan Policy Center event yesterday.
"In 1938, Congress passed the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, which gave authority to the FDA to oversee the safety and efficacy of...
December 3, 2014
athenahealth Director of Corporate Strategy Emily Tyson
The healthcare system has been changing steadily since the inception of digital health, but at the MassTLC Healthcare Conference in Boston this week, panelists pointed to the changes in healthcare billing and the shift away from the traditional doctor's office culture as the factors that have opened up the most opportunities for new...
July 21, 2014
Roseland, New Jersey-based Epion Health raised $4.5 million in an investment led by investment firm Deerfield Management Company for its iPad-based patient check-in tool.
Epion Health was in Healthbox's second Boston class, backed by Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts.
Staff at physician practices can use the tool in place of paper-based registration forms -- contact information, consent, and...
April 7, 2014
Wellframe, a Boston-based patient engagement and care management technology company, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from a bevy of high profile investors and entrepreneurs, such as athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush. Other investors in the round include Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, president of the British Medical...
November 15, 2013
Watertown, Massachusetts-based athenahealth is adding the Cochrane Library to its Epocrates Rx application. Epocrates users will have access to editorials, evidence-based reviews and meta-analyses from the independent healthcare evidence group.
"Cochrane has earned its place as a highly respected source by examining bodies of evidence in specific areas, such as the accuracy of a diagnostic test...
October 9, 2013
Jonathan Bush, CEO and cofounder of athenahealth, wants to build a healthcare internet.
Bush spoke about the barriers to healthcare innovation in a lively conversation with MIT Technology Review Editor in Chief Jason Pontin at the EmTech event in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Bush described athenahealth, provider of cloud-based EHR and practice management software, as the "water boy" for the health...