Practice Fusion pays up

When Allscripts bought Practice Fusion for just $100M in 2018, it promised to absorb any potential fallout from a pending DOJ investigation. Now, the fallout has finally arrived—with a $145M price tag. Practice Fusion owned up to a $1M kickback scheme of clinical decision support alerts designed to nudge doctors toward prescribing more opioids.

In other news, a slew of AI headlines caught our eye. An EHR’s no-show prediction tool reveals potential bias, an AI-designed drug is entering a human trial, Microsoft unveiled its $40M “AI for Health” initiative, algorithms are supporting the coronavirus response, and AI’s ability to find more cancer may harm as much as it helps.


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