Philly Enterprise Tech Daily Roundup 11/2: Cerner, SAP, BlackLine, Apple, Biotelemetry

Tom Paine

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I can't judge the accuracy of it, but ProPublica teed off against the VA's $10 billion contract with Cerner to implement a new medical records system. According to ProPublica the decision to push the contract to Cerner was heavily influenced by some senior members of Trump's inner circle. ProPublica says the project is running behind schedule and off course.

Cerner, which I recently wrote about, has a large Malvern campus.

I'd noticed that SAP customers were frequently working with BlackLine's accounting software. So perhaps it was no surprise that BlackLine (Nasdaq: BL), a leading provider of financial automation solutions that enable Continuous Accounting, yesterday announced it has entered into a reseller agreement with SAP . SAP will have the ability to resell BlackLine's cloud-based finance and accounting solutions to businesses around the world.

BlackLine, which was founded by a former SunGard exec and went public last year, is now worth $2.3 million.Its realtime approach to keeping the books may fit well with SAP HANA's capabilities. Who knows, in the future BlackLine might become an SAP acquisition target.

Apple Watch's heart study , being done in conjunction with Stanford's medical center, revealed it had gathered 400,000 participants, a remarkable number for this kind of study. Malvern-based BioTelemetry is contributing technology and expertise to the study, which certainly helped to raise its global visibility.

But BioTelemetry's patent problem persist. A federal court said in mid-October that BioTelemetry's CardioNet LLC cardiac monitoring system patents are invalid because they didn’t claim an inventive concept. Cardionet claimed infringements, but the court said it couldn't rule on the alleged infringements because the patents weren't valid to begin with.

Apple is reportedly considering buying a stake in bankrupt radio group iHeart Media , FT reports. Its main reason for doing so would be to support Apple's music business.

In that vein, Comcast might do interesting things with Bala Cynwyd-based Entercom. Although it would be tiny compared to Comcast, it would provide another distribution channel for content, such as broadcasting live sporting events, a strength of Entercom's.