Welcome to our Healthcare IT Today Weekly Roundup. Each week, we’ll be providing a look back at the articles we posted and why they’re important to the healthcare IT community. We hope this gives you a chance to catch up on anything you may have missed during the week.
News and Announcements from NextGen UGM 2023. Colin Hung attended the vendor’s User Group Meeting and provided a recap of the event, where NextGen discussed an AI-powered ambient voice assistant and a Luma Health partnership to power patient self-scheduling. Read more… 
How Synthetic Data, LLMs Power Research Assistants. Josh Rubel at MDClone talked to John Lynn about the potential for synthetic data in research, which uses no PHI and as a result can be applied in many places. They also touched on using AI to predict the results of a research hypothesis instead of running a lengthy or expensive A/B test. Read more…
Getting the Patient Into the Office at Sun Life Health. Trey Davis at the Phoenix-area FQHC talked to Colin about ensuring patient data goes directly into the EHR to help physicians close gaps in care and, from there, increase the frequency of reminders and the uptake of patient portal adoption. Read more…
Bridging the Trust Gap One Record at a Time. It’s no secret that data exchange is the key to better care, bur MRO’s Matt Wildman told Colin the trust divide between payers and providers makes this difficult. MRO aims to solve this problem by providing payers with only the information they need while protecting the privacy of patients. Read more…
Policy, Change, and AI – Oh My! At the MGMA conference, Colin caught up with Greenway Health CMO Dr. Michael Blackman to discuss the top challenges facing healthcare, primarily how the rate of change in technology and policy puts a lot of pressure on physicians in their efforts to provide high-quality care. Read more…
Improving Access by Optimizing the Patient and Physician Experiences. Colin talked to Eduard de Vries at Axia Women’s Health about leveraging their EHR to reduce administrative burdens on patients and present up-to-date information to physicians. Read more…
The Health IT Issues That Not Enough People Are Talking About. At HLTH, members of the Healthcare IT Today community told us about the problems the industry isn’t paying enough attention to. Answers included coordinating care, making AI accountable, and collaborating to get more value out of healthcare data. Read more…
Setting a High Bar for Ambient Clinical Voice. Colin spoke with Microsoft’s Peter Durlach about the history of ambient clinical voice technology at Nuance, which stands out in the market due in part to Epic integration and more than 20 years of updates and refinements. Read more…
Health Data Exchange Moves to the Cloud. NextGen’s OSS Mirth Connect is like the “Intel Inside” of healthcare interoperability efforts, and companies such as Innovar Healthcare are aiming to make connectivity even easier with one-click install options available on the AWS Marketplace. Read more…
Healthcare IT Today Podcast: Regulatory Roundup. John and Colin highlight some of the top regulatory changes in store for 2024, including FHIR being part of TEFCA and information blocking penalties going into effect. Read more…
Best Practices for Securing Healthcare Data in AWS. Boris Dzhingarov detailed how AWS supports HIPAA compliance and protects patient information through data encryption and anonymization, access control, network security, and patch management. Read more…
Embracing and Prioritizing Cloud-Based Care in Rural Communities. When replacing legacy software, rural health systems can ill afford the long timelines, security gaps, and siloed environments of client-server technology, noted Nathan Shepard at Azalea Health. Read more…
Featured Health IT Job: MACRA MIPS Specialist, a remote role with Stoltenberg Consulting, posted to Healthcare IT Central.
Bonus Features for November 26, 2023: 85% of healthcare organizations are boosting IT spending in 2024, plus 70% of orgs are actively considering generative AI. Read more…
Funding and M&A Activity:

Analytics company Health Catalyst acquired Electronic Registry Systems, maker of cancer registry software and services.
Behavioral health AI vendor Eleos Health raised a $40 million Series B round.
Medical data analysis vendor AdaptX raised $10 million in funding.

SEMCAP Health supported the Series C funding round of SafeRide Health, a platform for platform for non-emergency medical transportation.

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