athenahealth agrees to pay $168.5 million for the 11-building Arsenal on the Charles complex owned by Harvard University, including the two buildings that currently serve as the company’s headquarters. The property includes 760,000 square feet, including 100,000 square feet currently unoccupied that athenahealth can take over immediately.
Field service technicians for Vitera Healthcare Solutions will transition to DecisionOne, an independent technology support organization. Vitera says DecisionOne will assume the hardware infrastructure and support operations for its clients nationwide. The company also notes that it has added more than 270 employees this year and anticipates filling another 200 positions.
Vermont’s eight FQHCs activate EHRs from Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, McKesson Practice Partners, GE Centricity, and NextGen with assistance from the Vermont Information Technology Leaders and Bi-State Primary Care Association.
NoteSwift announces the availability of NoteSwift for Amazing Charts EHR, which works with Nuance’s Dragon Medical Practice Edition.
Martin’s Point Health Care (ME/NH) selects athenahealth to provide EHR, billing, PM, and care coordination services for its 90 providers. The group will also use business intelligence services from Anodyne Health Partners, an athenahealth company.
An Annals of Internal Medicine article suggests that interactive alerts from clinical decision support systems improve outcomes for HIV patients more than static alerts.
EMR vendor Modernizing Medicine raises $12 million in Series B financing to expand into the orthopedic and ENT markets.
A JAMA article finds that the average dentist now out-earns the average physician ($69.60/hour compared to $67.30/hour.) Between 1987 and 2010 the average physician’s salary grew 9.6 percent compared to other health professionals’ average salary increases of 44 percent.
A Black Book survey reveals that 87 percent of e-prescribing providers believe that use of e-prescribing technologies will reduce prescription fraud; 84 percent say e-Rx has a strong effect on therapeutic decision-making; and, 92 percent think it facilitates better decision-making. Practice Fusion earned top honors in customer experience and satisfaction among EHR-based e-prescribing module users and DrFirst was the top stand-alone vendor. Emdeon was recognized for outstanding developments in clinical exchange solutions.