News Release: athenahealth Announces Acquisition of Arsenal Health, formerly known as Smart Scheduling, Inc.

April 14, 2016

Source: athenahealth

Arsenal Health was athenahealth’s first investment via the ‘More Disruption Please’ (MDP) Accelerator and benefitted from direct access to athenahealth’s internal resources, expertise, and network of over 75,000 providers. The acquisition will make Arsenal Health’s schedule optimization solution widely available as a native part of athenaNet – moving Arsenal Health from third-party service delivered via the athenahealth® Marketplace to a native capability that will be available to customers via athenaCoordinator.

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Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital Health Initiative

January 7, 2016

Source: The Official Website of the Governor of Massachusetts

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and executives from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) joined leaders from across state government, healthcare, and the technology sector at Boston Children’s Hospital to announce a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry.

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UMass Memorial adds to growing client list of health records vendor

August 17, 2015

Source: Worcester Business Journal

By: Christina P. O'Neill
UMass Memorial Health Care said in June that it would invest $700 million to upgrade its electronic health records (EHR) system to improve the accuracy and availability of patient data.

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UMass Memorial CEO: $700 EHR investment will more than pay for itself

July 29, 2015

Source: Central Mass Health Care / WBJ

By: Emily Micucci
Employees of UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC) might have suffered a serious case of sticker shock when they learned about the $700 million cost to roll out a new electronic health record system and revamp the health care provider's IT infrastructure when CEO Dr. Eric Dickson unveiled those plans in a blog post last week.

For a system that has shed significant services and worked toward consolidating its footprint in Worcester over the last couple of years, the number seems like a lot to chew.

"It's a lot of money, no matter how you look at," Dickson said in an interview Tuesday.

But the administration already had the blessing of employees by the time Dickson said UMMHC would contract with Wisconsin-based health care software provider Epic to provide electronic health records services for the next 10 years.

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HIMSS Analytics Names Massachusetts eHealth Institute Certified Educator of Ambulatory EMR Adoption Model

June 22, 2015

Source: HIMSS Analytics

CHICAGO – June 22, 2015 – HIMSS Analytics announced today that MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute has been named a Certified Educator of the Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (A-EMRAM). MeHI is the first state agency to achieve HIMSS Analytics’ Certified Educator status.

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Direct Messaging Finding Stride, Despite Hurdles

June 22, 2015

Source: Healthcare IT News

By Mike Miliard
The 2015 Direct Messaging Survey published this week by HIMSS shows growing use and appreciation for the secure, email-like method of data exchange. But there are still challenges to be ironed out – related to technology standards, cost and workflow – before it sees broader acceptance.

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Bold Initiative to Build Health Begins

June 9, 2015

Source: Healthcare IT News

BUILD Health Challenge, an ambitious countrywide healthcare initiative aimed at boosting health across communities, today awarded grants to 18 groundbreaking projects to improve health in low-income areas. One of the awarded grantees is in Massachusetts, named the "Healthy Hill Initiative of Springfield, Massachusetts" which is led by HAPHousing, Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, Baystate Health System and Sisters of Providence Health System.

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New MeHI Grants Seek to Build ‘Connected Communities’ for Delivering Health Care

June 8, 2015

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

WESTBOROUGH, MA - June 8, 2015 - MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, has launched a new grant program to strengthen the collaborative technology-based connections between healthcare settings in regions across the Commonwealth. The Connected Communities Implementation Grant Program solicits proposals from groups working together to use health information technology to tackle challenges to delivering coordinated healthcare within their community. The program is designed to increase the electronic exchange of health information and strengthen associated workflows in order to help local providers better address the transitions of care and care management needs within their communities, ultimately resulting in better coordination of patient care, improved patient outcomes, and a reduction in healthcare costs.

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Venture Forum Names Co-Directors to Run Worcester Innovation Center

April 28, 2015

Source: Mass Live LLC

By: Michael D. Kane
The Executive Board of The Venture Forum announced on Monday, hours after a ribbon cutting officially opened the center, that it had formed a new "Accelerator Division."

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State Helps Bring Behavioral Health Online

April 14, 2015

Source: WBJ's Central Mass Health Care

MeHI's Laurance Stuntz quoted in the lead article of the Worcester Business Journal's Central Mass Health Care e-newsweekly highlighting the efforts to assist behavioral health providers with Health IT. The piece also covers the recent release of MeHI's eQuality Incentive Program Behavioral Health Round II grants.

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