Interview with the Center for Connected Health: Center for Connected Health founder and director Joseph Kvedar tells Mobihealthnews about the center’s various wireless health programs: “We have programs in a number of chronic illnesses; heart failure is our most advanced program. For diabetes we have an up and coming, growing program,” Kvedar says. “We have done a lot of interesting things with high blood pressure, both in terms of our use as a provider but also in terms of in the market place as an employee benefit. We have a program up and coming in activity monitoring and weight control.
The co-founder of Athenahealth Inc., will have to sever his ties to the company after accepting an appointment as chief technology officer for the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, the federal agency that oversees Medicare.
Todd Park, who co-founded the Watertown, Mass.-based digital medical records provider alongside chairman and CEO Jonathan Bush 12 years ago, will resign his seat on Athenahealth’s board effective August 10 and sell his stake in the company and others that might pose a conflict of interest.
The Waltham-based healthcare management software provider, which was looking to raise a total of $7.25 million, managed to drum up $4.86 million from a group of six unidentified investors.
MedVentive was founded in 1997 by the CareGroup Healthcare System, a network of 3,000 physicians, six hospitals and more than 1 million patients that includes Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Brian Dolan, mobihealthnews.com
Roche tests the wireless health waters: MYLEstone Health, developer of the Glucose Buddy iPhone app, is working with Roche Diagnostics’ Accu-Chek to add its educational program to the Glucose Buddy diabetes management app. Even though the addition of Accu-Chek’s educational program to the iPhone app is a far cry from meter integration, MYLEstone co-founder Matthew Tendler told mobihealthnews, it’s a step in the right direction and will bring substantial value to iPhone users with diabetes. More
The four community hospitals and one academic center that make up the UMass Memorial Health Care system will use a suite of healthcare IT products made by Siemens for the next seven years.
The more than 1,100-bed hospital system will use the company’s Soarian healthcare information systems product lines, according to a deal the two parties inked. Specific terms of the agreement were not announced.
Brian Dolan, mobihealthnews.com
About 4,000 physicians in Maine will have access to a suite of electronic healthcare records and billing software made by Athenahealth Inc., thanks to a new alliance announced earlier in the week.
The Watertown-based electronic health care records company said it will provide its products to the Medical Network Inc. of Maine, an independent physicians’ network of 4,000 doctors, allied health providers, ancillary facilities and hospitals spanning the entire Pine Tree State.
Byers, 37, said he’s leaving the Watertown-based electronic healthcare records company to “pursue a family goal to live abroad.” He will also relinquish his role as company treasurer. Officials at Athenahealth said he will work with the company’s search committee to appoint his successor.
President Barack Obama’s $20 billion push to bring medical records and devices into the 21st century has great potential rewards.
But a pair of recent developments highlight its risks as well.
A computer virus called Conficker infected hundreds of MRI devices around the world, including at dozens of U.S. hospitals.
The virus, which has yet to harm patients but poses a substantial threat to hospitals, causes the imaging machines to ask for instructions over the Internet, presumably from the hackers who created Conficker.
Who needs the stimulus money? Apparently not athenahealth Inc.
The Watertown-based electronic healthcare records company came out of the gate firing on all cylinders during the first quarter of 2009, posting a 41 percent increase in sales for the three month period ended March 31.
That means the company was doing gangbuster business long before the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is slated to pump nearly $20 billion into electronic healthcare records, made it past the Senate in February.