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The White House honors nine individuals who have made strong commitments to advancing Precision Medicine Initiatives at today’s Champions of Change event. Commitments from federal agencies and the private sector – including Flip the Clinic and Get My Health Data – were also recognized. The Administration also took the opportunity to release draft PMI guiding principles in an effort to build privacy into the design of its PMI research cohort.



July 14 (Tuesday) noon ET. “What Health Care Can Learn from Silicon Valley.” Sponsored by Athenahealth. Presenter: Ed Park, EVP/COO, Athenahealth. Ed will discuss how an open business structure and strong customer focus have helped fuel success among the most prominent tech companies and what health care can learn from their strategies.

July 22 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Achieve Your Quality Objectives Before 2018.” Sponsored by CitiusTech. Presenters: Jeffrey Springer, VP of product management, CitiusTech; Dennis Swarup, VP of corporate development, CitiusTech. The presenters will address best practices for building and managing CQMs and reports, especially as their complexity increases over time. They will also cover quality improvement initiatives that can help healthcare systems simplify their journey to value-based care. The webinar will conclude with an overview of how CitiusTech’s hosted BI-Clinical analytics platform, which supports over 600 regulatory and disease-specific CQMs, supports clients in their CQM strategies.

Previous webinars are on the YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for webinar services including discounts for signing up by July 31.

Tweet Chat

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Don’t miss the next #HIStalking tweet chat on July 16 at 1pm ET. Dave Chase (@chasedave) and Leonard Kish(@leonardkish), co-authors of “95 Theses for a New Health Ecosystem,” will host. Stay tuned for discussion topics.

Announcements and Implementations


Healthcare Administrative Partners launches an analytics platform to help practices gain insight into their revenue cycle.


Microwize releases Medisoft Cloud billing software for physician practices. The announcement comes just a few weeks after the Paramus, NJ-based company’s acquisition of healthcare IT services firm Medinet.


Anesthesia Business Consultants develops a new Anesthesia Valet platform to help specialty practices document, analyze, and submit quality data to the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s Qualified Clinical Data Registry database.


Agapé Physical Therapy implements the TotalInsight clinical, financial, and RCM solution from Clinicient across its four clinics in Rochester, NY.

Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock


The Medical Memory raises a $2.1 million seed round led by Provenance Venture Partners. The company will use the funding to expand sales efforts for and development of its video messaging platform, which enables physicians to record and securely share videos of patient visits.


Reps. Diane Black (R-TN), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Mike Thompson (D-CA), and Peter Welch (D-VT) reintroduce the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015. The bill will move Medicare in three phases to parity between in-person and telehealth coverage, beginning with strategic improvements for FQHCs and remote patient monitoring to reduce hospital readmissions.


Telemedicine startup Curely launches an app after securing $2 million in seed funding earlier this year. Looking to tap into immigrant patient populations, the company has differentiated itself by offering remote consults with physicians from around the world. Its services, which do not yet include prescriptions or diagnoses, are offered in tiers based on session time and messaging activity. 

Research and Innovation


British scholars Sophie Staniszewska and Richard Stephens launch Research Involvement and Engagement, a new journal dedicated to patient engagement in research. (I love the fact that they plan to offer “Plain English Summaries” of contributed works.) Their editorial vision of “nothing about me without me” sounds quite similar to the “No MU without Me” adopted some months ago by health data freedom fighters. It seems the data liberation movement is going global, as the new journal’s board includes members from Canada, Europe, and Uganda.

Sponsor Updates

  • ADP AdvancedMD offers “Become much more productive and profitable with AdvancedInsight” and recognizes winners of its AdvancedBiller awards.
  • Aprima will exhibit at the Michigan MGMA Summer Conference July 16 in Boyne Falls.
  • Clockwise.MD graduates from the Atlanta Tech Village.


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  • Congratulations to Amy Gleason for being recognized at the White House’s Champions of Change. Amy has worked tirelessly to affect change despite her own child’s health issues. A passionate spirit, exceedingly intelligent woman and compassionate soul who doesn’t believe in the word, “quit.” I’m proud to say I know you. Well deserved, Amy!

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