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From: Apple Doc “Re: iPad. Is Sage/Intergy going to be iPad compatible? That would be good news for us few with new iPads.” I asked the folks at Sage and a spokesperson provided this response: “Using Microsoft Remote Desktop Service or Citrix XenApp, Sage Healthcare software can be used from many different devices, including iPad. We began testing immediately upon the release of the iPad, and will continue testing for the next several weeks.”

mPay Gateway secures an additional $1.55 million in funding from new and existing investors.

Healthcare South (MA) selects Allscripts EHR/PM for its nine pediatric and family practice offices.

Sevocity offers regional extension centers and educational organizations free access to its Internet-based EHR, setting up as a demo clinic for up to 20 users and requiring them to have nothing more than PC with Internet access.

AHRQ releases a report on practice-based EMR usability and concludes that vendors are not performing adequate usability testing, following user-centered design principles, nor getting real usability experts involved in product design. Mr. H provides a great summary here.

Daniel Schwebach

The American Academy of Professional Coders names Daniel Schwebach VP of practice management initiatives. Schwebach most recently served as a manger with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, overseeing daily practice operations for over 400 faculty physicians.

Spurred by physician shortages and improvements in technology, the interactive telemedicine business is now growing almost 10% annually. The $3.9 billion industry includes home monitoring devices, teleconferencing, e-mail interactions, and healthcare applications on smartphones. Of course now that more insurers are agreeing to reimburse providers for many of these services, look for more physicians jumping onboard.

Enforcement of the Red Flags Rule is pushed yet again. The FTC set December 31, 2010 as the new deadline, giving Congress time to consider legislation that would affect the scope of covered entities. One proposed bill would exempt healthcare practices with 20 or fewer employees.

NextGen parent Quality Systems reports Q4 numbers: revenue up 19%, EPS $0.45 vs. $0.40, falling short of consensus earnings expectations of $0.49.


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