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Community healthcare EHR vendor CPSI will acquire Get Real Health, which specializes in patient engagement solutions for a variety of healthcare settings including physician practices. CPSI will move its acute and ambulatory customers to Get Real Health’s InstantPHR patient portal and CHBase health data repository – a transition it expects will save the company $1 million.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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Yesterday was World Book Day in the US, an annual event that’s been going on for 22 years to encourage literacy and publishing in 100 countries. Amazon is still celebrating by offering nine Kindle books from around the world for free. Check out the titles here.

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Reader comments: Anna confesses that her “somewhat guilty pleasure read is Shelby Foote’s three volume history of the Civil War. Being from the south, and having had multiple ancestors fight on the Confederate side, it’s been kind of a personal reckoning with history. I started last summer and am almost finished. Foote’s novelistic approach to history writing is gripping. Lots to learn about leadership. If we want to find about the roots of our politically divisive culture today, look no further than the lead-up to the Civil War.” Funnily enough, Anna’s note arrived the very same day I toured a local Civil War battlefield with a school group. Given that I’m a fan of Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, I’m definitely adding these to my summer reading list. Books like these remind me of the nights spent with my family watching Ken Burns’ weighty PBS documentary about the war, in which Foote made an appearance. The theme song, “Ashokan Farewell” (which I eventually learned to play on the violin), still haunts me.

Have a military title to recommend, or World Book Day anecdote to share? Email me.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Denver-based SonderMind raises $3 million in a Series A round led by Diōko Ventures with participation from other new investors that include Jonathan Bush. The startup has developed EHR and practice management software for behavioral healthcare providers, plus an online marketplace that helps connect patients with behavioral healthcare services.


Announcements and Implementations

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BetterPT integrates Clinicient’s online scheduling capabilities with its online marketplace for physical therapy patients and providers.

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Modernizing Medicine adds enhanced allergy documentation capabilities to its EMA for otolaryngology.


Government and Politics

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The State of New Jersey will allocate $6 million to fund the roll out of new EHRs for community-based behavioral health providers, the majority of which have reported needing new or upgraded equipment. The New Jersey Innovation Institute will oversee the project, which will also include connecting providers to the New Jersey Health Information Network.


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