electronic health records

  • What healthcare IT can learn from HP Crunch Network

    What healthcare IT can learn from HP

    Long before HP was known for PCs and laser printers, it built test equipment for electrical engineers. One reason its products succeeded was because they were designed by the very people who ultimately used them. In healthcare, physicians are obliged to use electronic health records systems (which they did not design). So how can the lessons from HP be applied to the healthcare IT industry? Read More

  • Confirmed: Practice Fusion Lays Off 25% Of Workers To Create Positive Cash Flow

    Confirmed: Practice Fusion Lays Off 25% Of Workers To Create Positive Cash Flow

    Practice Fusion, a startup digitizing electronic health records (EHR) for hospitals and healthcare facilities, confirmed to TechCrunch that it trimmed a quarter of its workforce today in an effort to become cash flow positive. The layoffs were across the board, including engineering, product, marketing and customer success departments and affect roughly 74 people. Read More

  • The Federal Vision For Healthcare IT: A Dystopian Paradise Crunch Network

    The Federal Vision For Healthcare IT: A Dystopian Paradise

    In a year not too distant, Loretta, a woman in her late 20s, hears a pleasant tone from her watch and checks to see a text. The message isn’t from a friend or work, it’s from the watch itself: “You’re pregnant.” Loretta is surprised; conception was merely days before. But pregnancy is one of the many tests constantly checked by her wearable and household technology. Read More

  • Apixio’s New Iris Platform Uses Your Doctor’s Notes To Derive Insights

    Apixio’s New Iris Platform Uses Your Doctor’s Notes To Derive Insights

    Data science applications for healthcare are finally trying to catch up to the rest of the world, with one new effort coming from six-year-old Apixio in San Mateo, CA. This morning, the company is launching a cognitive computing platform called Iris that derives insights from clinical data and other information in the health system. More specifically, Iris uses a powerful data… Read More

  • What’s Really Killing Digital Health Startups Crunch Network

    What’s Really Killing Digital Health Startups

    In 2004 I started the first VoIP-based SaaS company for the call center market. Based on the moderate success we achieved, I thought making a play in the healthcare industry would be a cakewalk. I was wrong. Stupidly, ignorantly wrong. Read More

  • MedXT’s Platform Brings Medical Imaging In Line With Today’s Cloud Technology

    MedXT’s Platform Brings Medical Imaging In Line With Today’s Cloud Technology

    Today MedXT launches its cloud platform for medical imaging, which brings the workflows of radiologists and technicians in line with the rest of us by bridging imaging equipment already installed at hospital and clinics with our electronic health records. Read More

  • With $41M Now In The Bank, Health Catalyst Wants To Help Solve Healthcare’s Big Data Problem

    With $41M Now In The Bank, Health Catalyst Wants To Help Solve Healthcare’s Big Data Problem

    With big data playing an increasingly critical role in healthcare and with the pervasiveness of archaic infrastructure and lack of data portability in health systems and hospitals, data warehousing startup Health Catalyst sees a big opportunity to help fix this problem. And, at least for now, investors appear eager to buy in. In January, the startup raised a whopping $33 million in series… Read More

  • Healthcare Finally Moving Past Wang-Like Legacy Systems

    Healthcare Finally Moving Past Wang-Like Legacy Systems

    Healthcare has long been a technology paradox. There have been few places further out on the cutting edge of technology than biotech and medical devices. In contrast, healthIT has been in a time warp (see Why It’s Good News HealthIT is So Bad). Nearly 20 years after the advent of the web, the dominant healthIT vendors have thrived on a business model and technology architecture that… Read More

  • Supreme Court Decision On Obamacare Has Little Relevance To Healthcare Disrupters

    Supreme Court Decision On Obamacare Has Little Relevance To Healthcare Disrupters

    When I’m not writing for TechCrunch, my “day job” is working with healthcare providers the disruptive innovators who are reinventing healthcare and slaying the healthcare cost beast as a byproduct. In some cases, these are entrepreneurs. In most other cases, they are pioneers within existing healthcare providers fighting to make changes within otherwise slow-moving organizations. Read More

  • Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall(ed Garden)

    Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall(ed Garden)

    Today, I participated in a meeting at the White House described as an “expert roundtable on patient access to health data” hosted by Todd Park (Chief Technology Officer of the United States), Farzad Mostashari (the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology), Leon Rodriguez (Office of Civil Rights) and Peter Levin (CTO Veterans Administration). Being at the White… Read More

  • Strategic Healthcare Investors’ Investment Thesis

    Strategic Healthcare Investors’ Investment Thesis

    This is the second part in a two-part series on strategic investors in healthcare. Healthcare IT departments have focused much of their attention on the $19 billion portion of the stimulus bill that is providing billions of subsidies for the adoption of electronic health records. While this is logical given the available money, it is paying for health IT systems optimized for the “do… Read More

  • DIY Health Reform: Employers Solving Healthcare Crisis One Onsite Clinic At A Time

    DIY Health Reform: Employers Solving Healthcare Crisis One Onsite Clinic At A Time

    In several of my past pieces, I have written about the importance of a disruptive model of care and payment called Direct Primary Care (DPC) such as The Most Important Organization In Silicon Valley That No One Has Heard About. As the DPC models scale, they become a great option for individuals and small business. However, larger organizations have another option at their disposal that… Read More

  • MotherKnows Raises $1.7 Million For Online Health Record Service For Parents

    MotherKnows Raises $1.7 Million For Online Health Record Service For Parents

    MotherKnows, an online health record service designed specifically for parents, has announced that it has raised $1.7 million in seed funding. The round was led by First Round Capital, with contributions from Giza Ventures, Charles River Ventures, The Band of Angels, former product manager at Google Health Maneesh Arora, and several other angels. The startup plans to use its infusion of capital… Read More