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Texas-based Guadalupe Health Network implements population health management technology from Lightbeam Health Solutions across its 100 locations. GHN is hopeful the new solution will help its 230 providers better manage claims data from CMS and 25-plus EHR vendors.



August 25 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Cerner’s Takeover of Siemens: An Update (Including the DoD Project).” Sponsored by HIStalk. Presenters: Vince Ciotti, principal, HIS Professionals; Frank Poggio, president and CEO, The Kelzon Group. Vince and Frank delivered HIStalk’s most popular webinar, "Cerner’s Takeover of Siemens, Are You Ready?" which has been viewed nearly 6,000 times. Vince and Frank return with their brutally honest (and often humorous) opinions about what has happened with Cerner since then, including its participation in the successful DoD bid and what that might mean for Cerner’s customers and competitors, based on their having seen it all in their decades of experience.

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

Tweet Chat


Don’t miss the next #HIStalking tweet chat on August 20 at 1pm ET. Amy Gleason (@ThePatientsSide), COO of CareSync and White House Champion of Change for Precision Medicine, will host. Stay tuned for topics.

Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock


Vancouver-based Phemi secures $12.2 million in a Series A funding round, just five months after raising $2.8 million in seed financing. The two-year-old company, which initially geared its services toward population health management and clinical research, is now looking to replicate its data-mining success with the finance, insurance, and public sector industries.

Announcements and Implementations


Christus Health expands its partnership with Wellcentive, implementing the company’s value-based care and population health management solutions and services at 10 hospitals across three additional markets in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.


Exeter Hospital (NH) implements Invision Market Viewer analytics from IVantage Health Analytics. The community hospital selected the solution through its membership with the Yankee Alliance GPO.


ElderCare Network (ME) selects the Ibis predictive analytics solution from Senscio Systems to optimize healthcare services at its seven home centers.

Physician services company Continuum Health Alliance adds Kryptiq’s cloud-based chronic-care management solution to its telephone-based coaching and call-center support services.

North Shore-LIJ Health System signs a joint venture agreement with population health management system vendor Newport Health Solutions. The new company will complete the installation of Newport’s Health Connect throughout NS-LIJ, then try to sell it commercially.



Shelly Peters (Legacy Data Access) joins Huntzinger Management Group as practice director, data analytics.

Research and Innovation

Researchers at AAFP’s Robert Graham Center work to incorporate “community vital signs” – poverty level, health food and water sources, walkable streets and parks, etc. – into the EHRs of physicians in an effort to enhance population health management efforts. Researchers are testing the idea by by adding patient location and social determinant data, along with information about their communities, to each patient’s EHR.

Duke University and Accenture partner to develop an analytics research program that will focus on healthcare management research. Initial projects include applying predictive analytics to the development of patient care and disease management programs, and developing “data marts” that can answer specific clinical care or research questions.



Hearst Health and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University call for submissions for their inaugural Hearst Health Prize, which will recognize achievement in managing or improving a population’s health with a $100,000 prize. The deadline for submissions, which must describe an implemented project with improved outcomes, is October 23.


The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association creates an infographic on the “Working Definition of Population Health.” It’s interesting to note that clinical care accounts for only 20 percent of the given factors.

Heads up to those traveling to North Korea this weekend: The always zany and unpredictable country creates a new “Pyongyang time” zone, setting its clocks back 30 minutes to mark its freedom from Japanese imperialism at the end of World War II. Clocks reset August 15.  

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