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athenahealth Considering Elliott Management Acquisition Offer

May 25, 2018 - athenahealth is seriously considering the Elliott Management acquisition offer for $160 a share, the health IT company’s management team confirmed in a public statement. “The athenahealth Board of Directors takes very seriously its obligation to protect shareholders and to take only those actions that are in the best interests of all shareholders,” said athenahealth...


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Epic Systems May Win Dismissal of Additional Class Action Lawsuit

by Kate Monica

A class action lawsuit brought against Epic Systems by quality assurance workers who claimed they were illegally denied overtime pay may be dismissed by a federal judge because of the recent Supreme Court decision that upholds Epic’s arbitration...

athenahealth Shareholder Urges Health IT Company to Pursue Buyout

by Kate Monica

Another investment company with stake in athenahealth is urging athenahealth’s board of directors to consider selling the health IT company, according to a recent filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Janus Henderson...

Cerner Impersonator Convicted of $19M Health IT Fraud Scheme

by Kate Monica

Suresh Mitta of Richardson, Texas has been convicted in a federal jury trial of impersonating Cerner Corporation in a $19 million health IT fraud scheme, according to an announcement from the Western District of Missouri’s Department of...

athenahealth Not Engaging With Elliott Acquisition Offers

by Kate Monica

athenahealth has not directly communicated with Elliott Management about the hedge fund’s nearly $7 billion all-cash acquisition offer, according to an open letter to the athenahealth board from Elliott Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager...

ECRI Launches Health IT Use, Innovation Safety Initiative

by Kate Monica

The ECRI Institute recently launched the Insight Culture of Safety Assessment for Health IT Companies program aimed at promoting safety in health IT use, innovation, and implementation. The program is a joint effort between the ECRI...

Netsmart to Acquire Change Healthcare Home Health IT Solutions

by Kate Monica

Behavioral health IT company Netsmart recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire Change Healthcare’s home care and hospice health IT solutions in an effort to strengthen its presence in the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC)...

Call for EHR Companies to Provide No-Cost EHR System Updates

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS require that EHR vendors provide any new federally-mandated updates to EHR systems free of charge to avoid augmenting the financial burden of EHR system maintenance for physician...

Cerner, NextGen Healthcare Expand Breadth of Health IT Solutions

by Kate Monica

Cerner and NextGen Healthcare have recently made efforts to further expand their health IT solution offerings beyond EHR systems. EHR vendor NextGen Healthcare recently announced it is rebranding with a new logo following years of acquisitions...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Draws Differing Opinions

by Kate Monica

As the public comment period for the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft comes to a close, stakeholders are revealing differences in opinion about the framework’s approach to health data exchange. While most...

Allscripts Sells OneContent EHR Management Solution to Hyland

by Kate Monica

Allscripts has signed a definitive deal to sell its OneContent EHR management solution to Hyland Software, according to a recent Allscripts press release. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 once customary closing conditions...

Former GE Exec Jeff Immelt Appointed New athenahealth Chairman

by Kate Monica

athenahealth has appointed former GE CEO and Chairman Jeff Immelt as its new chairman of the board as part of the health IT company’s strategy to strengthen its governance profile, the health IT company announced midweek. “We are...

FL Orthopedics Practice Sues Allscripts Over Ransomware Attack

by Kate Monica

Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics has filed a class action lawsuit against Allscripts for allegedly failing to secure its systems during the ransomware attack that affected about 1,500 Allscripts users on January 18. “As a result of the...

eClinicalWorks Now Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unwanted Ads

by Kate Monica

Goodson & Company in Ohio has filed a complaint against eClinicalWorks for allegedly faxing unsolicited advertisement materials about its EHR system product offerings to the law firm. As part of the class action lawsuit, the Cincinnati-based...

athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic to Launch Virtual Assistants

by Kate Monica

Health IT companies including eClinicalWorks, Epic, and athenahealth are developing EHR-integrated virtual assistants akin to Amazon’s Alexa to reduce provider burden and secure a competitive advantage in the crowded EHR marketplace. ...

Jones Memorial Recovers From EHR Downtime Due to Cyberattack

by Kate Monica

Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) officials recently announced its systems are back online after a period of EHR downtime lasting about two weeks. A cyberattack at the Wellsville hospital forced staff to temporarily revert to manually entering patient...

Allscripts to Acquire Practice Fusion in $100M Cash Deal

by Kate Monica

Allscripts recently announced it will acquire Practice Fusion EHR in a $100 million cash deal in an effort to further expand its reach into ambulatory care settings. Practice Fusion and its EHR technology will complement Allscripts existing ambulatory...

eClinicalWorks EHR Certification Subject of Recent Legal Action

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Carrollton Family Clinic of Mississippi is taking legal action following the $155-million settlement between eClinicalWorks and the Department of Justice over allegations that the EHR company falsely obtained certification for its EHR software....

Health IT Leader at Center of $800K Fraud Scandal in California

by Kate Monica

A former health IT leader at North County Health Services (NCHS) recently pleaded not guilty to defrauding the healthcare organization out of nearly $800,000. The California-based nonprofit healthcare organization provides comprehensive, affordable...

EHR System Tech Support Greatly Impacts Patient Care Delivery

by Kate Monica

Health IT companies that do not offer clinically-based EHR system tech support, either internally or through an outsourced support firm, have far less opportunities to positively affect patient care through EHR use, a new Black Book survey found....

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