AdventHealth switches from Cerner EHR to Epic & 19 other health IT notes

Mackenzie Garrity - Print  | 

Here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Theranos, Cerner and Epic.

1. Hours after her legal team requested the dismissal of all 11 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud facing Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, a federal judge narrowed the charges, but kept the majority of the fraud indictments intact.

2. The Mobile World Congress, one of the world's largest technology trade shows, was canceled less than two weeks before it was slated to begin in Barcelona, after participants such as Amazon and Intel dropped out citing concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

3. During a Feb. 11 call following the release of Lyft's expectation-beating fourth-quarter earnings report, the rideshare company's executives touted recent partnerships with healthcare organizations as contributors to its success.

4. Cerner CFO Marc Naughton sold 176,000 shares, totaling about $13.9 million, of company stock.

5. The Federal Trade Commission issued special orders on Feb. 11 requesting that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet, including subsidiary Google, provide documentation about their small-scale acquisitions from 2010 through 2019.

6. Anthem will become the second founding member — and the first healthcare organization — to join the quantum computing-focused IBM Q Hub at Raleigh-based North Carolina State University.

7. The Department of Veterans Affairs will delay the launch of its $16 billion Cerner EHR system, which was scheduled to deploy at a Spokane, Wash.-based facility in March.

8. Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth will begin a multimillion-dollar transition from its Cerner system to a new Epic EHR in March.

9. 3M filed a lawsuit in New York federal court on Jan. 31 alleging that IBM Watson Health has used 3M's healthcare software "in unauthorized ways" and underpaid 3M for that usage, according to court documents unsealed on Feb. 7.

10. Uber Health is not just helping patients get to their medical appointments, but is also helping hospitals manage their parking infrastructure.

11. Google and other technology companies with locations in New York City are sending their employees to universities to serve as professors.

12. Meditech released documentation tools within its EHR software to help clients screen, detect and manage patients who have potentially been infected with coronavirus.

13. Google's bid to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion has caused government officials from across the country to scrutinize the deal and its possible outcomes.

14. Federal investigators and local police officials are turning to electronic records provider DrChrono to aid their investigations.

15. Athenahealth launched new guidance, testing orders and screening questions within its software network in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

16. Both Google and Amazon announced plans this week to add thousands of jobs to their respective workforces in the coming years, potentially intensifying the ongoing tech talent war in the U.S. and Canada.

17. Medtronic has made updates to its CareLink 2090 Programmer and CareLink Encore 299901 Programmer to fix vulnerabilities that if exploited could allow external parties to download malicious software on the connected devices.

18. Ashik Desai, former chief growth officer of healthcare technology startup Outcome Health, settled a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleging he had joined several former coworkers in defrauding clients to the tune of $487 million.

19. Direct-to-consumer DNA testing company Ancestry is laying off about 100 employees, the company confirmed to CNBC on Feb. 5, citing the slowing genetic testing market.

20. Cerner will sell a portion of its software products for about $248 million to CompuGroup Medical, a German healthcare software company.

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