Medfusion (Cary, N.C.), a provider of communications solutions, has acquired San Francisco-based Medem’s iHealth suite of services for physicians and the iHealth Personal Health Record solution for patients.
With the acquisition, Medfusion claims it now offers the most highly-used and adopted PHR in the industry. Medem’s 8,000 providers will join the Medfusion Physician Network, which also includes Medfusion’s Referral Portal, a secure tool for physicians to exchange patient referral information, it says.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.