From Lady: “Re: NextGen UGM. You missed it. Styx and Sammy Hagar entertained the crowds. You have to go next year.” Indeed. No doubt I would have been rocking (or slow dancing) in my seat.
The Wichita, KS City Council approves a $6 million bond measure and property tax abatement to facilitate the expansion of Pulse Systems. Pulse intends to buy and renovate a 46,000 square foot building and lease half of it. In return for investing in Wichita, the city will extend Pulse a five-year property tax abatement. Pulse, which employs 75 people in Wichita, had previously considered moving its operations to the New Jersey headquarters of it parent company.
AdvancedMD announces the availability of its 2011 Fall release, which enables practices to send ANSI 5010-formatted claims.
Pronger Smith Medical Care (IL) rolls out InterSystems Ensemble as its core enterprise integration platform for its 40-physician group. The Ensemble interfaces provide connectivity between Pronger’s legacy EHR and the regional HIE.
AAFP President Glen Stream, MD, encourages members to make “the changes necessary to earn PCMH recognition,” noting the revenue-enhancing opportunities it currently offers and may provide in the future. He cites the example of Maryland’s multi-payer PCMH program, which has distributed $3 million to 54 primary care providers, and payments of $1.5 million to 236 providers from 11 practices in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Greenway Medical launches PrimeDATACLOUD, a care delivery platform that recognizes and aggregates data from various EHR and HIS platforms and facilitates health information exchange.
Florida Medical Clinic selects Humedica MinedShare for clinical analytics to manage its patient population and improving clinical outcomes.
The latest Meaningful Use dashboard from athenahealth shows that 58% of their providers have attested for Meaningful Use. I am not sure what percentage of all EHR users have successfully attested for Meaningful Use, but I will go out on a limb and say it’s nowhere near 58%.
Meanwhile, meridianEMR clients appear to be having good success as well.
Practice Fusion reveals its roadmap for its native iPad application, which will be released in 2012.
Medley Health, a provider of practice marketing and communication services, announces a $20 million Series A financing round from Cardinal Partners, Technology Partners, and Vivo Ventures. Medley will use the capital to expand its physician partnerships, increase staff, and fund development efforts.
Findings from a relatively small sample (350 providers or administrators and 400 HIT firms): one-fourth of providers use tablet computers in their practice, while 38% use a mobile device that supports medical-related apps on a daily basis. About a third of providers use their smart phone or tablet to access EHRs.