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Here is the hottest news related to healthcare IT for the week.
What's up with Intelerad?
Intelerad made three acquisitions in six months, most recently with Lumedx, leading cardiovascular information systems (CVIS). This acquisition will lead to major academic medical centers and large non-profit health systems using legacy PACS products. The timing is perfect as many organizations are at their 5-7 year lifespan with PACS and are exploring alternatives.
The challenge for Intelerad is will they pitch that their solutions all integrate or keep them as separate standalone.
Jeopardy winner is shutting down.
IBM Corp. is offloading its Watson Health healthcare technology unit, possibly through a sale or merges as part of a SPAC offering.
This will get interesting as there are still many large corporations using Watson health. Will they look for alternative solutions?
HealthIT employment downsizing.
Many health systems have been downsizing or outsourcing their IT workforce. This is not a trend that I like to see working in the field. The demand for talent in the marketplace is still there, in my opinion.
Disrupting the healthcare vertical is not easy.
Haven recently shut down, and Walmart also announced that they are slowing down their health clinic plans. It doesn't mean that they are not moving forward but taking more of a cautious approach.
In my opinion, Walmart should tackle it from a partnership approach where they own the physical locations while partnering with a regional health system to run the day-to-day operations as a joint venture.