Health Information Technology
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.
American Well landed its second contract with Blue Cross, Blue Shield, this time to provide its Online Care service to the healthcare provider’s Minnesota operation.
The Boston-based online healthcare services provider‘s first deal, inked last year, was with the healthcare provider’s Hawaii operation.
Online Care is a multimedia web interface that allows patients to virtually consult with physicians over the Internet.
United State military personnel will see their medical records go digital as part of President Barack Obama’s more than $3 trillion 2010 budget, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The joint project between the Defense Dept. and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs will involve the creation of an electronic database of administrative and medical information for U.S. service members for what Obama called a “seamless system” that will cut red tape and end the need for veterans to transfer military records for their benefits.
The so-called “Joint Virtual Lifetime Record” is expected to begin upon enlistment and track personnel throughout their military careers and beyond.
Science fiction is always a few decades ahead of real life — sometimes more.
A press release just came over the transom that reminds me of something I saw in the nearly-straight-to-video masterpiece Idiocracy.
Boston-based Amicas, which provides medical imaging software and services, said the deal, for which it paid $1.82 per share to Emageon stockholders, expands its footprint in the healthcare IT field and makes the company a leader in the imaging and information business with a combined 1,000 customers.
GE and Intel Corp. are in the healthcare business — big time.
The twin colossi will spend $250 million over five years to develop products to remotely monitor patients’ health. The growing field, called “telemedicine” or “e-health,” allows physicians to remotely evaluate, diagnose and treat patients outside of the doctor’s office.
Less than 2 percent of U.S. hospitals have a comprehensive electronic records system and less than 8 percent have even a basic system, according to a study led by recently appointed National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Dr. David Blumenthal.
“We are at a very early stage in adoption, a very low stage compared to other countries,” Blumenthal said of the data collected in 2008 from about 2,900 hospitals.