Health IT investments to grow in 2015; Welltok rakes in $37 million in recent funding round;

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> Investment in healthcare technology will only grow in the coming year, in part because of increased interest in the market by entrepreneurs, according to Bryan Roberts of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Venrock. There will be more willingness by payers and some providers to part with data which will bring in more interest from other industries, Roberts said during the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, according to MedCity News. Article

> In its most recent round of funding, Welltok, which created the CaféWell Health Optimization Platform, brought in $37 million. It brought in two new investors, Hearst Health Ventures and Catholic Health Initiatives. The money will help Welltok launch new products and services for its health platform. Announcement

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> Several trends in healthcare leadership will take shape and solidify in 2015, according to a whitepaper from healthcare executive search firm B.E. Smith. B.E. Smith, in partnership with the American Hospital Association, analyzed survey responses from over 300 respondents within the healthcare executive field to determine the top trends, both new and continuing from previous years. Article

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> The success of certain areas in the health insurance industry--namely, the individual insurance exchange, Medicaid, Medicare and dual eligibles--depends on payers' ability to better understand the overall consumer population, according to a new IDC report. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a Feb. 13 deadline for insurers to disclose how many people they cover through individual and small-group policies. Insurers can file their form submissions to CMS beginning Feb. 9. Article

And Finally... Nothing will keep this dog from playing in the park. Article