HHS awards $20M for technology use in Medicaid, CHIP enrollment efforts; General Dynamics buys Vangent for $960M;

> Ten grantees will be awarded $20 million by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for the use of technology in helping to enroll eligible children in both Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), HHS announced last week. Another $21 million in grants will be divided among 29 awardees for efforts ranging from school outreach about the Medicaid and CHIP programs to identifying kids who are most likely to experience gaps in coverage, according to Healthcare IT News. Article

> Herndon, Va.-based Terremark Federal Group has been tabbed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for cloud computing support of its nationwide health information exchange program, according to an announcement posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website. Announcement

> Healthcare IT systems provider Vangent was purchased last week by General Dynamics for $960 million, the latter announced last week. The hope, according to General Dynamics CEO Jay Johnson, is that Vangent will help his company to become "a Tier 1-level healthcare IT business unit." Announcement

> Nearly a year after physicians at the Mayo Clinic showed that patients' genomic information stored in electronic medical records can help in disease prediction, the National Human Genome Research Institute is awarding Mayo and six other facilities $25 million over four years to build on that research. The hope is that EMR data, when combined with advances in genetics, ultimately will help provide more individualized medicine efforts and, in turn, increase quality of care. FierceEMR

And Finally... Might as well kill two birds with one stone. Article


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