In October, Mother Jones published an article attacking Epic, saying the EHR vendor has not delivered on the industrywide goal of connecting patient health records and optimizing digitization in healthcare. Now, Epic has written a response to Mother Jones in which the vendor refutes the claims made in the original article, saying the story was written using misinformation.read more
“We’re at the golden spike phase of the electronic health record (EHR),” said Frank Byrne in reference to the ceremonial spike that completed the nation’s first transcontinental railway. “We’re at the beginning of this journey,” added the senior executive advisor of HealthX Ventures, a digital healthcare-focused seed fund.
And according to Byrne, there’s more than a bit of catch-up taking place at the moment. “Let’s be honest with ourselves,” he said. “We dug this hole by underspending on IT for years.” Banking was an industry that moved forward with IT as a strategic tool, and the health care field only did enough to get by and survive. “We are going to have to overspend until we get it right,” Byrne noted, “and we’re not there yet.”read more
HealthMyne, a Wisconsin Start-up has announced that that their quantitative imaging analytics platform will now integrate with Epic and UW Health, HealthMyne provides radiologists a view of electronic health record (EHR) data and imaging information.
According too the company, this will unify and improve more efficient clinical work, but also the move to a correlative, evidence-based population health model where individual patients can be assessed and treated with the bene cial insight of similar patient cohorts.read more
The Disruptive Healthcare Conference, held Tuesday in Madison, featured a keynote session titled, “Interoperability – Can’t we all get along ?” WTN News, invited senior executives from leading rival electronic medial records software vendors Epic and Cerner to publicly set the record and dispel disinformation about each company’s point of view on interoperability and patient data exchange. The conversation was civil and revolved many issues that the public has been exposed to and where these competitors agree and disagree on industry standards and how they should be adopted by their customers. Examples were cited that both company’s work closely togethe with mutual clients and when other healthcare provider organizations make a request to link their systems.
Heading into the event it may have been easy to assume that an Epic executive sitting next to a Cerner executive is either a rarity or an impossibility. “It is actually highly usual for us to be sitting next to each other,” said Peter DeVault, vice president and director of interoperability at Epic. “There’s been much too much made about the rift between Epic and CommonWell. There’s a whole lot of water under the bridge.”read more
Rumors of feuds between Epic and other electronic health care records vendors like Cerner are greatly exaggerated, according to company insiders.
Those supposed feuds have been made famous by several high-profile media reports, including an article last month in Mother Jones, a liberal-leaning newsmagazine. That article defined the CommonWell Health Alliance, a trade group of which Cerner is a member, as a coalition of “Epic’s rivals.”read more
Nov. 11–Some Congress members and national media outlets say Epic Systems Corp. is blocking the sharing of electronic medical records, but that’s not true, an Epic executive said Tuesday at a forum that included a leader from a chief Epic competitor.
Bob Robke, vice president of interoperability for Cerner, an Epic rival, publicly asked Epic to join the CommonWell Health Alliance, a group of Epic competitors trying to develop better record exchanges.
“We would love for Epic to be part of that,” Robke said. “It would guarantee (its) success.”read more
Epic Systems and Cerner say too much has been made of a supposed rift between the two electronic health record vendors, especially when it comes to the exchange of patient information.
Some of that controversy surrounds CommonWell Health Alliance, a collection of EHR vendors that includes Cerner. CommonWell is working toward building a vendor-neutral platform. Some have criticized Epic’s decision not to join.read more
Sheldon Cuffie, vice president of information risk at Northwestern Mutual, knew cybersecurity was moving up in the world when a board member invited him to lunch.
“Two years ago the chief information security officer (CISO) didn’t attend board meetings, didn’t talk to our leadership team,” he said at the Fusion Executive Summit in Madison, produced by WTN Media.
“This is now a standing topic on the board committee agenda, and for the first time this year as CISO, I presented to the full board of Northwestern Mutual. When we think about cybersecurity, I like to think of cyber risk as just another risk that companies have to manage. If you are not managing cyber risk just as you would manage building risk, liability and sales force risk, you are probably missing the boat.”read more
What happens if someone attacks the American power system and turns off the electricity for a city, or a region? What would it be like without power? At the Fusion Executive Summit on Cybersecurity this week, the Wisconsin Adjutant General, the state CIO, and the head of Madison Gas & Electric were discussing just that.
Thinking the unthinkable used to involve the Rand Corporation and the American military war-gaming nuclear attacks. Thinking about a hack of the power grid is almost enough to make people nostalgic for those days — at least you knew who the enemy was.read more
“If I buy a toaster and my wife says, ‘It’s lousy; throw it out,’ to preserve domestic tranquility I throw out the toaster and buy a new one,” says Ross Koppel, a scholar in the Sociology Department & School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “If I spend $1.2 billion or $1.7, I am married and I don’t have a heck of a lot of options.”
He says the same is true for electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Over the course of the last 15 plus years, Koppel has studied healthcare IT and pointed out that these systems are severely flawed – at least in part because of the difficulty of breaking free from an ineffective platform.read more
Drone maker Parrot’s new flying gizmo, the Bebop 2 Quadricopter drone, will make its landing next month, just in time for holiday shoppers. According to the company, it’s a smaller, lighter, and easier-to-use model than the previous Bebop drone—which should please consumers interested in tossing one in a bag.read more
Silicon Valley efforts in the biology and health domains have recently seen increased public interest because of the questions around the legitimacy of Theranos’ technology and medical claims and the recent FDA approvals for a number of 23andMe’s genetic screens.
These data points are just two of the most visible examples of a broad ecosystem of companies and startups in Silicon Valley working on biological problems. This early “biohacking” ecosystem has a number of parallels with the personal computer (PC) ecosystem in the 1970s and 1980s.read more
Square has officially gone public, and now the payments-processing company needs to put its money where its mouth is.
With its market debut, chief executive Jack Dorsey had a lot to celebrate Thursday. His mother Marcia rang the bell for the market’s open — even though the IPO happens to fall on his 39th birthday. But he also faces serious skepticism from analysts casting a wary eye at Square’s core business, and its promises to revolutionize the way companies accept payments.read more
The tech industry is no stranger to change, but the data derived from the IoT is taking disruption to a new level—sforzando.
At IBM’s Insight conference last month, Bob Picciano, senior vice president of IBM Analytics, talked about the rise of the “cognitive business”, or an enterprise that engages with analytics to improve its customer relations, business processes, and decision-making capabilities.read more
To study the graph of Amazon’s stock performance in 2015 is to witness a series of stepwise lurches toward commanding new heights. Over all, the stock market has been flat this year, and technology companies, as a group, haven’t fared much better.
Then there’s Amazon, which slipped the atmosphere. Shares of Jeff Bezos’s company have doubled in value so far in 2015, pushing Amazon into the world’s 10 largest companies by stock market value, where it jockeys for position with General Electric and is far ahead of Walmart.read more
This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation known as the SPACE Act of 2015 (The U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act), which recognizes and promotes the rights of U.S. companies to engage in the exploration and extraction of space resources from asteroids and other celestial bodies.
That’s a huge win for private space exploration companies, especially for companies with upcoming plans to tap into the economic potential of the moon. That’s because the legislation, in its definition of “space resources,” is sufficiently broad to include resources found on the lunar surface. In short, the moon could now be in play for some of America’s most innovative space exploration companies.read more
Without electricity, the world pretty much shuts down, and without gas to heat homes, Wisconsin residents would have hard time coping with winter.
As CEO of Madison Gas & Electric, Gary Wolter knows his company has to secure its technology to provide those services to its customers. And he knows a cyber attack that shuts down either power or gas could be deadly on a large scale.
Wolter spoke at the Fusion Executive Summit, produced by WTN Media, Monday at the Fluno Center in Madison, Wisconsin. “We recognize we are the infrastructure upon which other critical infrastructure depends. The communications system doesn’t work without electricity, the Madison Metropolitan Sewer District doesn’t work without electricity and the water supply system needs big pumps. Right down the line, our infrastructure depends on electricity — think about hospitals.”read more
While physicians are ‘open-minded’ about telehealth, payment barriers stand in the way of wider adoption
Arguably one of the largest roadblocks to full telehealth implementation is the lack of standardized payment methods. Physicians want to be reimbursed for their time, just as they would in a traditional office visit.
The results of a survey conducted by Anthem’s Robert Graham Center and the American Academy of Family Physicians revealed 9 out of 10 physicians would use telehealth, if they were properly reimbursed.read more
REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft was once the epitome of everything wrong with security in technology. Its products were so infested with vulnerabilities that the company’s co-founder, Bill Gates, once ordered all of Microsoft engineers to stop writing new code for a month and focus on fixing the bugs in software they had already built.read more
VINCE VANNELLI’S flat tire came at a bad time — just as he was on his way to the San Francisco airport for a flight to Los Angeles.
He parked his Tesla, jumped in an Uber car and contacted Tesla service. Once in Los Angeles, Mr. Vannelli was able to remotely unlock his car and allow the Tesla service person to drive it to a tire store, fix the flat and deposit the car in his driveway, waiting for his return.read more