Florida, New York systems earn HIMSS Davies Awards; DC to VC startup showcase finalists announced;

> HIMSS recognized the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology and the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Primary Care Information Project as 2011 Davies Award winners for "excellence in the implementation of and value from health information technology" last week. Announcement

> Venture-capital firm Morgenthaler Ventures announced last week 11 finalists for its health IT startup contest. The winners will be announced Sept. 22 at the DC to VC: HIT Startup Showcase in Mountain View, Calif. The companies are seeking either seed or Series-A funding. Announcement

> As healthcare security pundits increasingly warn of rampant security threats associated with mobile phones, tablets, and other devices, researchers at MIT may have found a solution to at least one major risk: Researchers recently discovered a way to prevent "man-in-the-middle" hackers from accessing secure communications on smartphones, tablets, and wireless medical devices. FierceMobileHealthcare

> More than $42 million will be awarded for improvements to state immunization information systems and other immunization information technologies, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced last week. Overall, HHS awarded $137 million in grants for the improvement of public health, Government Health IT reports. Article

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