Mike Miliard

January 17, 2018
Total corporate funding for healthcare technology companies climbed to $8.2 billion (including debt and public market financing) in 2017 – a whopping 47 percent increase from the $5.6 billion raised in 2016, according to the latest report from Mercom Capital Group. It was a record-breaking year, with worldwide venture funding for digital health startups posting similarly impressive numbers: $7.2...
January 8, 2018
Allscripts continues to be in acquisition mode, further building out its client base in the ambulatory space by buying Practice Fusion for $100 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, officials said. The addition of San Francisco-based Practice Fusion, whose cloud-based electronic health record is aimed primarily at small, independent physician practices, will...
January 8, 2018
Patient engagement is important and the healthcare experience – particularly in inpatient settings – is increasingly seen by providers as a critically valuable priority. At University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, for instance, kids can control their own room – not just TV and bedside entertainment, but the lighting, meal ordering, nurse communication and more. With new in-room...
January 8, 2018
Lots of health systems pay lip service to patient-centric care, but what does that really mean? As healthcare continues its transition to paying for value and outcomes, toward managing wellness rather than treating disease, making the patient an active participant in the process is more important than ever. Some hospitals and health systems are better at doing this that others. Certainly many...
December 11, 2017
Royal Philips has acquired VitalHealth for its cloud-based population health management technology. Founded in 2006 by Mayo Clinic and the Netherlands-based Noaber Foundation, VitalHealth develops tools — for outcome measurement, patient engagement, care coordination and analytics — to help manage chronic disease. Its products are deployed at more 100 healthcare networks in the US and abroad....
November 14, 2017
The first drug in the US with a digital ingestion tracking system has been approved by the FDA. The pill, Abilify MyCite, is prescribed for treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and as an add-on treatment for depression in adults. An ingestible sensor embedded in the pill is able to record that the medication was taken – sending...
November 6, 2017
As the Quality Payment Program enters its second year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued its 1,653-page final rule on Nov. 2, with an array of implications for the ways physician practices use information technology in 2018. Among the biggest provisions is to allow doctors to use either 2014 or 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology in Year 2 of the program...
October 19, 2017
Genomic sequencing has come a long way in a short time, and its potential to drive even faster innovations in precision medicine is enormous. To capitalize on that opportunity, however, health systems need data – lots of it, from all sorts of people. Kaiser Permanente has been building a biobank with genomic data and other health information from hundreds of thousands of patients from across its...
October 9, 2017
Telehealth projects look different depending on the healthcare organizations putting the technology to work and the goals they're hoping to achieve, said Sue Schade, former CHIME-HIMSS CIO of the Year and current principal at StarBridge Advisors on Tuesday. She should know. Recent years have seen her working at four major health systems with four different strategies and priorities for rolling...
September 19, 2017
Billed as a "digital health studio," the newly-launched Doctella aims to help healthcare organizations develop patient-facing apps quickly, easily and inexpensively. Doctella CEO Amer Haider – who co-founded Doctella with his brother, Brigham & Women's Hospital surgeon and public health researcher Adil Haider, MD, and Peter Pronovost, MD, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety...