During a House committee presentation last week, IBM representatives showcased the health care knowledge of its supercomputer Watson. Lawmakers at the event expressed support for Watson and health care innovation. Washington Post's "Innovations."
Six health care organizations have selected VitalWare's claims auditing and ICD-10 financial risk assessment tool. TigerText, a health care messaging provider, has partnered with mobility management provider AirWatch to develop secure health care communications tools.
A MarketsandMarkets report predicts that the global health IT market will reach $56.7 billion by 2017, up from the 2012 market value of $40.4 billion. According to the report, the U.S. and Canada will account for the largest market share. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.
Former National Coordinator for Health IT Robert Kolodner has been named vice president and chief medical officer at ViTel Net, a telehealth provider. Cavan Redmond is stepping down as CEO of WebMD Health, and David Schlanger has been named interim CEO of the company.
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has been appointed to the board of Jawbone, a developer of Bluetooth speakers and wearable health devices. IMS Health, a health information services provider, has acquired Semantelli Corporation, a social media analytics firm, for an undisclosed sum.
HealthSpot, a telehealth services provider, has raised $10.4 million from 18 investors and secured a $1.5 million loan from the Innovation Ohio Loan Fund. Nightingale Preventive Care's providers will use HealthFusion's electronic health record tools at Nightingale's Kmart-based clinics.
A survey finds that the median annual base salary for health IT staffers in 2013 is $83,000, compared with $87,000 for IT staffers overall. According to the survey, the gap could be attributed to lower-paying health IT jobs offered by not-for-profit groups and governments. NextGov.
EHR Integration Services is partnering with Phreesia to provide a point-of-service patient intake system. Mohit Kaushal, a former member of the Obama administration's health IT task force, has been named a partner at Aberdare Ventures, a health care venture capital firm.
A new report finds that venture capitalists invested $493 million in 104 health IT-related deals during the first quarter of 2013. According to the report, there were 46 health IT-related mergers and acquisitions in Q1 2013. Clinical Innovation & Technology, Healthcare IT News.
A new report from research firm MarketsandMarkets predicts that the global market for electronic prescribing technology will reach $794 million by 2017. According to the report, the market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 26% over five years. Healthcare IT News.
A Towers Watson survey finds that 67% of health care organizations are struggling to attract experienced IT workers, while 38% report retention concerns. More than half of respondents are taking at least three steps to address their IT staffing issues. Becker's Hospital Review et al.
Catholic Health Initiatives is partnering with Accenture on a nine-month project that will use analytics to identify risk factors among patient populations. Piedmont Healthcare has selected Perceptive Software's tools to integrate content into its electronic health record system.
Online insurance brokers want consumers to use their websites to purchase health plans under the Affordable Care Act. However, consumer advocates warn that such sites might undermine the ACA by promoting plans that pay a larger commission. Washington Post's "Wonkblog.
Roger Baker -- former CIO and assistant secretary for information and technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs -- has been named chief strategy officer at Agilex. PeriGen, a provider of clinical decision support software for perinatal systems, has raised $6.4 million in funding.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded contracts to three companies to provide computers and other IT equipment. Orion Health will integrate its health information exchange system with Caradigm's health care intelligence platform and care management tools.