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.
Stakeholders Call For Interop Rules “Without Further Delay”
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National Identifier Not A Patient-Matching “Panacea”
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