Allscripts to pay $145M settlement over Practice Fusion HIPAA, MU investigation & 13 other health IT notes

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

1. Experian announced on Aug. 8 that it has signed an agreement to acquire MyHealthDirect, the Nashville-based developer of a digital care coordination platform.

2. Cerner partnered with LifeCenters, a hospitality and senior living real estate development company, to develop centers that deliver primary care, pharmacy and fitness programs to senior-living communities across the country.

3. Allscripts has reached a tentative agreement with the Department of Justice to pay $145 million to settle investigations of the EHR vendor's subsidiary Practice Fusion's compliance with HIPAA and the anti-kickback statute, according to company officials.

4. Andrew Trister, MD, PhD, has left his post in the special projects division of Apple's health team to join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

5. Allscripts reported bookings of $276 million in the second quarter of 2019, up 31 percent from $211 million during the same period in 2018.

6. Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center and international pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim have established a Virtual Research and Development Center to accelerate research into new cancer treatments.

7. Uber Health has partnered with American Logistics Company, a St. George, Utah-based healthcare transportation management firm, to expand access to full-service, on-demand rides to medical appointments.

8. Apervita, the Chicago-based developer of a cloud platform for healthcare data and analytics, acquired Boston-based Qcentive, which offers healthcare organizations tools for contract and alternative payment administration.

9. Imprivata, a healthcare information technology security company, unveiled its new cloud-based tool that allows joint healthcare customers of Imprivata and Microsoft Azure to manage their users' on-premises and cloud applications access.

10. Microsoft selected David Rhew, MD, to serve as its new CMO and vice president of healthcare.

11. Ro, a New York City-based online pharmacy startup, has tapped Todd Levy to serve as chief technology officer, effective Aug. 14.

12. Mayo Clinic is currently preparing to send 100,000 blood samples to Tarrytown, N.Y.-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in what health system leaders describe not as a sale of patient information, but as a research-driven "exchange."

13. Eli Lilly announced Aug. 14 an open challenge to promote the development of innovative digital solutions for the care of inflammatory bowel disease.

14. Cerner's Continuous campus was on lockdown Tuesday morning after a man armed with an assault rifle went to a nearby hotel and told employees he was heavily armed and heading toward a shopping center in the same area.

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