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SimplePractice, a health and wellness technology company owned by EngageSmart, acquires psychiatry-focused EHR and practice management vendor Luminello.


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Fred Sheffield (TeleVox) joins Lightning Step as CFO.


ThoroughCare names Carol Helton (Medecision) chief revenue officer.

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Midland Community Healthcare Services (TX) selects EClinicalWorks.

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A new report from MGMA finds that physician-owned practices continue to see a decrease in support staffing levels, with the most impacted being primary care practices. Of those practices that haven’t seen a decrease, 44% report their current staffing levels are unable to keep up with patient demand.



Jeffrey Harris, MD offers several scenarios in this JAMA Network op-ed in which an AI-enhanced EHR can improve a primary care physician’s clinical productivity. For such technology to be truly impactful, today’s EHRs must be overhauled to accommodate NLP and machine-learning add-ons, Finally, he stresses that health IT developers must think beyond the restrictive requirements of government certification to create these innovative, AI-enhanced technologies.


A CNCB reporter goes through a mock doctor’s appointment to get a feel for how AI can help improve her visit. She notes that Nuance’s Dax Express app was able to record her interaction with her physician and then nearly immediately offer up documentation (minus one pertinent recommendation) ready for her EHR: “From a patient perspective, I have to admit it was refreshing to talk to a doctor who wasn’t typing into a PC, and then to get a record that really captured what I was saying.”

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