HISTalk News 6/22/2011

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The VA awards The Informatics Application Group a $5 million contract to serve as the custodial agent that will manage a proposed open-source development program for VistA.

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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

PwC acquires Implementation Specialists (ISH).

athenahealth’s Jonathan Bush and Ed Park are among a group of angel investors and VC firms investing in HIT start-up Kyruus. The company’s software platform compiles data from public and private sources to create predictive analytics and professional profiles on physicians. Sound big brother-ish.

Misys doesn’t have much healthcare presence these days, but for those who still follow the company, it confirms that a potential buyer is interested in acquiring the company at a valuation of $1.4 billion.


North Idaho Health Network picks MobileMD to provide HIE services for five hospitals and 305 physicians.


PatientKeeper president and CEO Paul Brient wins the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for New England and is now eligible for consideration for the national award.

Former Ingenix VP Tom MacDougall joins Curaspan Health Group as the company’s first CTO.

Prognosis Health Information Systems appoints William M. Conroy to its board. He was CEO and president of Initiate Systems until IBM acquired the company in March 2010.

University Health Care System (GA) names Leslie Clonch as VP/CIO. He was previously with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (TX).