Carolyn Clancy is stepping down as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which conducts research on health IT and other health care issues. Insurance company UnitedHealth Group has acquired Humedica, a health IT and clinical intelligence firm, for an undisclosed sum.
A new report finds that health IT venture capital funding reached $1.2 billion in 2012, which is more than double the $480 million funding total in 2011. According to the report, there were 163 health IT venture funding deals last year, compared with 49 deals in 2011 and 22 deals in 2010. The report credits the HITECH Act with encouraging investment in the sector. Healthcare IT News et al.
The New Mexico Health Information Collaborative has selected Orion Health's health information exchange system. Alliance Healthcare Solutions and Final Support, resellers of GE Healthcare's health IT tools, have merged to form a new company called Quatris.
A report by InMedica estimates that 1.8 million people worldwide will use telehealth technology by 2017. The report predicts that the growth in telehealth use will be driven by federal policies and demand from health care providers, insurers and patients. Computerworld et al.
Harvard Medical School will integrate its published content with Orca Health's multimedia learning features to create a mobile health application and interactive electronic books. Digital health services provider Audax Health has announced the appointment of four new leaders.
A new report by investment bank Berkery Noyes finds that health IT merger and acquisition deals increased by 11% in 2012. According to the report, such health IT deals accounted for 41% of the aggregate transaction volume for the health care industry last year. Healthcare IT News.
Electronic health record vendor athenahealth has acquired mobile application developer Epocrates in a $293 million cash deal. The New England Telehealth Consortium has selected Hughes' high-speed satellite services for mobile telehealth clinics in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
A Rock Health report finds that venture capitalists invested $1.4 billion in digital health companies in 2012, a 45% increase from 2011. According to the report, five deals accounted for more than one-fifth of the total digital health investments. FierceHealthIT, MobiHealthNews.
The U.S. Coast Guard has selected Science Applications International Corporation to provide support for the USCG's health information system. The American College of Medical Coding Specialists is joining the American Health Information Management Association.
The implementation of the federal health reform law is expected to generate business for IT firms. New data systems likely will be needed to handle the law's Medicaid expansion and operate state health insurance exchanges. The Hill's "Healthwatch," Kaiser Health News.
CGI won a multi-year contract worth up to $69 million to build and implement Vermont's health insurance exchange. Allscripts Healthcare Solutions announced that Glen Tullman will step down as CEO and that former Cerner COO Paul Black has been named president and CEO.
Hospitals and health systems' spending on health IT is growing, even though their upcoming capital expenditure budgets are expected to drop below 2010 levels, according to a Premier survey. Forty-three percent of survey respondents cited health IT and telecommunications as the area in which they expect to make the largest capital investment over the next year. Healthcare IT News, Modern Healthcare.
A report finds that local and state government health IT spending is projected to increase by $2.7 billion through 2017. According to the report, the stabilization of local and state revenues has contributed to health IT spending growth. Healthcare IT News, Health Data Management.
Allscripts has filed a lawsuit claiming that the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation improperly awarded a $303 million contract to rival electronic health record vendor Epic Systems. HHC says it intends to defend its decision on the contract award. Modern Healthcare et al.
HealthInfoNet, Maine's health data exchange, has selected Arcadia Solutions to build a clinical data warehousing platform. Janet Corrigan, former president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, has been named chair of the board of directors for the National eHealth Collaborative.