IBM to help Maryland build out state HIE; Louisiana state health department to get an IT upgrade;

> The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Human Resources will use IBM's Smarter Cities software to help build out its state-based health insurance exchange, IBM announced this week. The software will help to support plan comparison, eligibility determination and benefit enrollment processes. Announcement

> A regional health information organization and a group of hospitals each announced this week that they are connecting to their respective state health information exchanges, Government Health IT reports. The Southern Tier Health Link, a regional health information organization based in upstate New York, will join the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, while a group of 10 regional hospitals in Dayton, Ohio, will join CliniSync, the Ohio statewide HIE. Article

> Louisiana's state Civil Service Commission agreed this week to revamp information technology services at the state's Department of Health and Hospitals, The Advocate reports. IT functions, according to the article, will be spread out among DHH, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of New Orleans and Venyu Solutions, a private vendor. Article

And Finally… Pretty soon, we'll be hearing about Batman hunting down jaywalkers. Article

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