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Heritage Group Closes $220M Healthcare Innovation Fund

Backed by 15 leading national healthcare companies, Heritage Group, a Nashville-based, healthcare-exclusive, venture capital firm has announced the official closing of its latest Healthcare Innovation Fund at $220 million. The fund exceeded its original fund target by $20M and exceeded its prior Healthcare Innovation Fund by more than $50M. Show More Summary

Cardiac Insight Lands $2.5M for Portable, Hand-held ECG Device

  Cardiac Insight, a University of Washington spinoff focused on developing advanced body-worn sensing for diagnostic testing in cardiology has raised $2.5 million in Series C funding. The company will utilize the funding to accelerate...Show More Summary

Telehealth Startup WeCounsel Nabs $3.5M to Connect Mental Health Providers

WeCounsel, a HIPAA compliant turnkey telehealth platform that connects mental health providers to clients online has raised $3.5M in Series A funding led by Longmeadow Capital Partners, Point Judith Capital, and CVH Holdings. The company’s...Show More Summary

Why Digital Health Growth Will Come From Clinically-Tested, Consumer-Facing, Interoperable Products

Editor’s Note: Ingrid Oakley-Girvan, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an epidemiologist trained at Stanford.  She is the VP of Strategy at Medable, a Palo Alto-based health platform start-up. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)...Show More Summary

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 2nd May, 2016.

Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require...Show More Summary

The Government Looks For Some Senior Execs For The Aust. Digital Health Authority. Some Hopeful Signs!

These advertisements appeared a few days ago.Australian Digital Health AgencyThe Commonwealth of Australia (Commonwealth) acting through the Department of Health (the Department) is responsible for better health and wellbeing for all Australians. Show More Summary

AusHealthIT Poll Number 318 – Results – 1st May, 2016.

Here are the results of the poll.Are You Confident The Newly Announced Board Of The Aust. Digital Health Authority Will Deliver The Needed Quality Of Leadership, Competence And Vision In E-Health?Yes 22% (38) No 49% (85) I Have No Idea...Show More Summary

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links - 30th April, 2016.

Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration...Show More Summary

Your.MD Launches AI-Powered Doctor Diagnosis on Facebook Messenger Via Chatbot

  Your.MD, a London-based company that provides medical guidance through artificial intelligence has announced the launch of OneStop Health- a one-stop-shop in digital health to allow people to take full control of each stage of their health issues: from understanding their symptoms to finding the best treatment – all via a chatbot. Now available on Facebook... Read More

CMS Drops MACRA Rules – 5 Things to Know About MIPS

Big news this week when on Wednesday CMS dropped the draft rules for MACRA, all 962 pages worth. These rules are the outcome of legislation that passed a couple of years back to replace the flawed SGR reimbursement model for physicians … Read more ›

This Can't Be Good News! Healthcare The Biggest Target Of Security Issues

This appeared last week Healthcare Data Breaches Top Reported Data Security IncidentBy Jacqueline Belliveau on April 12, 2016A recent study revealed that healthcare data breaches accounted for 39 percent of data breaches in 2015.Healthcare...Show More Summary

Senators Release Request Feedback on Draft Legislation to Improve Meaningful Use

U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell...Show More Summary

Quietyme Unveils Intelligent Sensor For Real-Time Noise Reduction in Hospitals

Quietyme (pronounced “quiet time”), a intelligent sensor-focused company, today announced the launch of its automated, end-to-end solution for hospital noise reduction. The intelligent sensor technology utilizes proven continuous process...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fifth Week of April 2016

Unpredictable New England weather continues - we’ve had temps in the 70’s and temps below freezing. Hard frosts are tough on new leaves and buds, so we’re assuming the fruit tree crops will be diminished this year. We’ll hold off on hoop house planting of our tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants until the first week of May. Show More Summary

The Macro View - General And Health News Relevant To E-Health And Health In General.

April 28 EditionThe macroeconomic stresses seem to have eased a little more with markets rising or stable around the world. With Budget Night now May 3 we won’t have long to wait to see what is happening. The Budget now seems to now be very minimalist with any major reform seemingly off the table. Show More Summary

DirectTrust CEO Responds to Flexibility in EHR Reporting Act

On April 20, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Flexibility in EHR Reporting Act (H.R. 5001) to bring flexibility to electronic reporting requirements for healthcare providers. Specifically, H.R. 5001 would make it easier for health care providers to comply with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) IT... Read More

Rules on New Payment Models MIPS APMs

The much anticipated proposed regulations on the implementation of MACRA relating to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in Medicare Fee-for-Service have finally been released. MACRAShow More Summary

The MACRA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

This afternoon, the MACRA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was released. I'll publish a comprehensive analysis of the 900+ pages next week, but in the meantime, a few thoughts.The major ideas are:The ONC 2015 Certification Rule appliesShow More Summary

CloudMedx Acquires Gyrus Labs To Accelerate Clinical Data Insights

CloudMedx Inc, a big data health analytics company, announced today that it has acquired Gyrus Labs to extend the power of the CloudMedx Analytics Platform for improving patient care through data insights. Under the terms of the agreement, CloudMedx will acquire Gyrus Labs team, intellectual property and data rights. Show More Summary

Healthix, HBI Solutions Partner to Add Real-time Predictive Analytics to HIEs

Healthix, a public health information exchange (HIE), with data of over 16 million patients, has tapped HBI Solutions to offer predictive analytics and performance analysis capabilities to its participant organizations. As part of the...Show More Summary

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