Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of October 10, 2014

October 11, 2014 in News

MA, Financial Reports and Funding

Nextech Systems, a health IT vendor, will acquire MDIntelleSys, a provider of a cloud-based EHR system for ophthalmologists, for an undisclosed amount…Cognizant, an IT vendor and consulting firm, has acquired Cadient Group, a digital marketing firm, for an undisclosed amount.

Exostar, a cloud-based identity access management and data exchange services provider, has secured a $5 million investment from the Merck Global Health Innovation FundHealthbox, a health care startup accelerator, has secured $1.39 million in funding from undisclosed investors…Informatics in Context, a provider of cloud-based health analytics services, has raised $1.65 million from undisclosed investors.

Contracts

United Physicians, a physician group in Michigan, has selected Wellcentive‘s risk management and population health management tools…Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in North Carolina has selected MEDHOST‘s perioperative information management system…University of Virginia Health System has selected Strata Decision Technology‘s decision support and cost accounting software…The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has selected research firm RTI International to assist in the development of a national health IT safety center…Three Puerto Rican health service companies — ASSERTUS, Atlantic Pathology and HRP Labs — have selected Practice Fusion‘s cloud-based EHR services.

Product Development and Marketing

Wal-Mart has partnered with DirectHealth.com, a Web-based health insurance comparison site, to establish in-store counters at which consumers can learn about coverage options…Epic Systems, an EHR system provider, has partnered with Surescripts, a health information network, to develop an EHR-integrated electronic prior authorization tool…PatientsLikeMe, a medical information content network for patients, has partnered with Cancer Treatment Centers of America to create an online network of information and support tools for cancer patients…The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has partnered with AVIA Health, a health care accelerator, to create a platform to promote the use of technology that improves care delivery…HealthPrize Technologies will integrate its medication adherence and patient engagement system with West Pharmaceutical Services‘ injectable drug delivery system.

Personnel

John Flannery, former senior vice president of business development at GE, has been named president and CEO of GE HealthcareCathy Chiang — former senior director of health care solutions development and consulting at Pegasystems, a provider of business process management tools — has been named senior vice president of payer strategy at HighRoads, a provider of health care plan management and benefits compliance software and services…Andrew Hertler, former medical director of physician practices at Maine General Medical Center, has been named CMO of New Century Health, an oncology and cardiovascular care management services provider.

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