Datacap will be able to integrate with IBM's FileNet into a complete library acquisition strategy.
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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.
Clinics are choosing masters this summer, and Humana is now in that game.
What the two companies don't seem to want, and if you think about it a moment you will see why, is any unnecessary detail packed into new laws written by the Congress.
In addition to seeing fewer deaths heart patients' quality of life improved, and overall health costs actually went down.
UnitedHealth is building a suite it can offer other insurers as well as clinics and hospitals, helping the former build cost-efficient networks and discover efforts to skirt the rules, assuring compliance for the latter.
IBM's decision to go with the cloud justifies the business models of other SaaS companies. They could do very well in the next year or two.
The purpose of the stimulus was not to provide a kickback for investments made back in the day. Its purpose is to drive the benefits of health IT down to poor hospitals and clinics that could not otherwise afford the gear.
Proving the case for monitoring with a high-profile, scaled customer would make the GE-Intel venture a success. Failing that, given the resources being committed, would be failure.
The new CCHIT certification can assure that Electronic Health Record (EHR) software can deliver the finely-grained levels of permission HIPAA was meant to provide and which modern medicine needs.
Given the rhetoric coming out of Brumby's health minister and the vague nature of the applications my first instinct is this is a political stunt. But American VCs see it as something more, a business trend.
The gains of EHRs have yet to come to my doctor's office, but business change is already here, and we'll see about the rest in time.
Major IT players are getting into health IT in many ways, including simple distribution.
The deal takes the IT and fulfillment sides of Pharmacy Benefit Plans away from the insurer and gives them to the pharmacist.
Heart disease patients like Dick Cheney are vulnerable to buggy software and hack-attacks aimed straight at the devices implanted near their hearts. Open source could offer hope.
What will follow will be a series of negotiations among the parties, aimed at finding a solution both military and civilian planners can accept, then a rule-making that could be complete in about a year.