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.
Why eClinicalWorks Invested $100 Million in Microsoft Cloud Services. Company co-founder Sam Bhat told John Lynn that eClinicalWorks “never regretted” its decision to transition to Microsoft Azure. Bhat addressed how the move to the cloud benefits eCW as well as its clients – and why the transition wasn’t as difficult as it may seem. Read more…
Vocal Markers Are Moving Toward Clinical Use. Andy Oram spoke to Sonde Health CEO David Liu about the potential for doctors to analyze voice patterns to diagnose diseases and monitor health, especially in India and other parts of the world where access to healthcare services and state-of-the-art technology aren’t always guaranteed. Read more…
Real Steps Health Systems Can Take to Address Burnout. There’s a lot of nuance to whether healthcare tech is a cause or solution to burnout, John learned in a conversation with three experts on the topic. Two important ways to ensure that tech helps are to choose the right technology and to implement it the right way. Read more…
10 Organizations Ask HHS to Postpone Information Blocking Deadline. The associations and professional organizations argued that providers and vendors alike aren’t ready to meet the Oct. 6 deadline for sharing all electronic PHI in the Designated Record Set. The organizations asked for a one-year delay, though it remains to be seen if ONC and HHS will honor the request. Read more…
On Switching EHRs and Decommission Legacy Systems. In the latest CIO Podcast, Mark Weisman, MD of TidalHealth discussed how to successfully convert and decommission legacy data and systems as part of a move from Cerner to Epic. Weisman also talked about his move from CMIO to CIO and offered advice to other MDs who want to move to the IT side of the fence. Read more…
One HIE’s Approach to Identity Management. John spoke to Dan Chavez of the Santa Cruz Health Information Organization about why including SDoH data makes patient identity more challenging but also more valuable to the clinicians and patients that SCHIO serves. Read more…
Understand the Role of UV Products in the Hospital. UV products got a lot of attention in the early days of COVID thanks to their ability to disinfect surfaces and keep both patients and hospital staff safe. In this video, R-Zero Systems CEO and Co-Founder Grant Morgan explores use cases for UV technology in healthcare for COVID and beyond. Read more…
Getting Treatments to Patients With Rare Diseases Faster. Traditional drug development timelines and regulatory hurdles can stifle the development of drugs for rare conditions, but Moonshots for Cancer’s Zachary Landman, MD said decentralized clinical trials and repurposing existing medicines for new conditions should help patients get the therapies they need. Read more…
Featured Health IT Job: Healthcare Data Analyst with the New York eHealth Collaborative, with one day per week in the organization’s Albany or Manhattan office, posted to Healthcare IT Central.
Funding and M&A Activity:

Lung cancer diagnostic aid Optellum announced a $14 million Series A funding round.
Automated medical coding software maker XpertDox closed a round of private equity funding.

McKesson will acquire Rx Savings Solutions, a prescription price transparency and benefit insight company.

Lyfegen announced an $8 million oversubscribed $8 million Series A financing round; the startup makes value-based contracting software for pharma.
Provider search and scheduling software maker Kyruus will acquire Epion Health, a digital patient engagement tool.

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