February 13, 2017
The Kansas Health Information Network in Topeka knows that patient empowerment is key to improving population health —and it knows that patients need help to be a part of the process.
That’s why KHIN has found a way to enable patients to receive all of their health information in one location, rather than through the more traditional electronic health record-tethered patient portal, which forces...
August 6, 2013
LifeNexus, a San Francisco startup looking to replace the traditional insurance card with a digital version, raised $4 million from undisclosed angel investors and one undisclosed fund, bringing the company's total funding to $11.9 million. CEO David Strand said an additional $3 million round is closing soon.
The company offers a system called iChip, which Strand described to MobiHealthNews as a...
May 15, 2013
DocbookMD, which offers a secure physician messaging service, has partnered with Medweb, makers of a smartphone and web radiology PACS, to create Docbook Gateway, an HIE-like offering that gives physicians access to lab tests and X-rays on their smartphones without the need for an integrated EHR.
"This is the way HIEs were supposed to work," DocbookMD CEO Dr. Tim Gueramy told MobiHealthNews. "One...
March 9, 2013
Interoperability clearly was one the main themes at the just-concluded Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference in New Orleans.
Probably the biggest vendor-related news to come out of HIMSS13 was the launch of CommonWell Health Alliance, a partnership between Cerner, McKesson – including McKesson health information exchange subsidiary RelayHealth –...
February 14, 2013
United Health Centers of San Joaquin (UHC), a safety-net provider in California's San Joaquin Valley, is betting on social engagement for controlling and preventing chronic diseases, even among a low-income patient population.
The organization, which serves 46,000 patients a year, most of them uninsured or on Medicaid, at eight locations throughout the sprawling region, last week announced that...
November 15, 2012
We've all heard the election post-mortem by now. President Obama's surprisingly comfortable re-election — along with the continued split control of Congress — means that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a., Obamacare, is here to stay, although some Republican governors are deciding to let the federal government run their states' health insurance exchanges and are opting out of...
May 10, 2012
Aetna is building on its relationship with Arizona's Banner Health Network, one of 32 organizations chosen by CMS last year to participate in the new Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) initiative, by equipping the health system with technology offerings from its subsidiaries: Health information exchange technology from Medicity, Active CareTeam clinical decision support tools, and...
December 7, 2010
Health insurer Aetna has agreed to acquire Medicity in a $500 million deal. Salt Lake City-based Medicity develops systems for physicians and hospital groups to coordinate care and exchange medical information. Medicity's health information exchange (HIE) technology reaches more than 760 hospitals and 125,000 doctors.
Medicity's HIE platform, of course, extends information to physician's mobile...
March 10, 2010
Health Information Exchange networks (HIEs) aim to be the glue that binds electronic medical records and other health information repositories and sources (including mHealth) together -- and there's a substantial amount of stimulus money being thrown at HIEs to drive adoption.
The ARRA stimulus bill provides for around $40 billion to move the industry onto EMRs, but about $18 billion of that sum...