President Trump nominates Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, MD as US Surgeon General. Vice President Pence appointed Adams to his post in 2014 during Pence’s time as governor. No word on whether Adams crossed paths with CMS Administrator Seema Verma during her time in Indiana’s Medicaid trenches. Adams, who according to his LinkedIn profile is a practicing anesthesiologist and associate professor of anesthesiology at Indiana University Health, will take over from Acting Surgeon General Sylvia Trent-Adams. She took over the position in April from Vivek Murthy, MD when Trump gave him the boot. Like Murthy, Adams – who came under fire for a county-wide HIV outbreak in Indiana attributed to dirty needles – will likely focus his public health campaign efforts on the opioid epidemic.
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Announcements and Implementations
Rennova Health subsidiary Medical Mime releases the latest version of its M2Select EHR for addiction treatment providers.
ICS Software, an Oceanside, NY-based EHR vendor that caters to small- and medium-sized practices, enlists the services of Wicked Easy IT to help it maintain and monitor its network.
Advanced Radiology (MO) selects patient portal, kiosk, payment, and messaging technology from Royal Solutions Group.
In an effort to improve medication adherence, Updox adds prescription delivery services from ScriptDrop to its Pharmacy Connect care coordination software. The integration also includes automated medication reminders via phone, text, email, or virtual assistants like Amazon Echo or Google Home.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
The US Patent and Trademark Office grants CSI a patent for technology related to the automated dispensing of prescription drugs as part of a telemedicine visit via CSI’s Managed Health Kiosk System. The company partnered with Doctor on Demand for telemedicine services in 2015, and marked 1 billion uses of its kiosks early last year.
CareCloud adds telemedicine capabilities, including eligibility verification and scheduling tools, to its EHR and PM systems. It’s a smart move given that physicians seem well aware of the need to add virtual access to their practice, but have thus far been hesitant to spend money on additional technology with a yet-to-be determined ROI.
WellVia will integrate LowestMed’s prescription price transparency search engine with its telemedicine service, giving patients the ability to look up prescription drug prices during virtual consults.
Bitcoin inches its way towards mainstream currency thanks to several preschools in New York that now accept it as tuition payment. Payments are accepted with help from Coinbase, a startup that converts the digital currency to US dollars. Could providers – especially those in tech-savvy locales like Silicon Valley – soon consider offering such payment options?