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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signs a bill establishing a prescription drug monitoring program within the city limits. The program’s database, which will mainly help physicians track prescription opioid painkillers, is expected to be up and running by the end of 2016. Missouri is the only state without a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

Here is video from HIStalk Connect’s first meetup, held last week in Pasadena, CA. The event featured Stacy Bamberg, CEO of Veristride, who shared the journey of a young startup in developing a healthcare data analytics platform leveraging IoT via an insole wearable. Email Lorre if you’re interested in having HIStalk Connect sponsor your next meetup.


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June 28 (Tuesday) 2:00 ET. “Your Call Is Very Important.” Sponsored by West Healthcare Practice. Presenters: Cyndy Orrys, contact center director, Henry Ford Health System; Brian Cooper, SVP, West Interactive. The contact center is a key hub of patient engagement and a strategic lever for driving competitive advantage. Cyndy will share how her organization’s call center is using technologies and approaches that create effortless patient experiences in connecting them to the right information or resource. Brian will describe five key characteristics of a modern call center and suggest how to get started.

Contact Lorre for webinar services. Past webinars are on our HIStalk webinars YouTube channel.

Announcements and Implementations


CloudMedx adds chronic care management capabilities – including automatic patient identification, stratification, enrollment and communication – to its data analytics platform. The Y Combinator alum acquired Gyrus Labs in late April.


Practice Fusion makes available “real world evidence” solutions, giving the company the ability to aggregate de-identified data from its customer network, which it can then use to conduct retrospective studies and studies that include clinical input at the point of care.


Optometric Medical Solutions, a San Antonio-based PM and consulting firm, adds the Compliance Group’s HIPAA compliance solution to its service line.


The American Board of Family Medicine elects new officers and board members.

Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock


RubiconMD closes $4 million in Series A financing led by Waterline Ventures with participation from Dioko Health Ventures and Alma Mundi Fund FCRE. The New York-based company will use the funds to scale up its specialty e-consult platform for PCPs.

Athenahealth launches its Unbreak Healthcare marketing campaign, designed to “jolt the industry into experiencing what is broken in healthcare” through a series of short films, social media conversations, and a new Web publication called AthenaInsight.

Government and Politics

ONC produces a series of videos on the rights patients have to access their health information. The office, which wound down its annual meeting today, also launched a Patient Engagement Playbook for Providers to help office staff better leverage health IT in their engagement efforts.

Research and Innovation


A Black Book survey of 11,300 specialist surgical and physician practices reveals that close to 30 percent have replaced their EHRs with more specialty specific software. Nearly 90 percent admitted they didn’t do enough due diligence before implementing their original EHRs. Nearly 80 percent have found that their Meaningful Use incentive checks have not offset personnel and capital costs associated with those initial systems.



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