Maine's HIE turns to business side of analytics; MDLive snatches up members of Verizon's defunct Virtual Visits team;

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> Maine's statewide health information exchange is turning to the business side of healthcare to help others leverage their data, according to an article at Health IT News. California-based HBI Solutions operates the HIE, HealthInfoNet, which is now contracting for its analytics package from five hospitals. Article

> GE Ventures and Baird Capital are among partners selected by health analytics company Apervita in its most recent investment round, according to MedCity News. The company will use the money to "address growing market demand." Article

> Verizon may be moving away from telemedicine as MDLive steps up its own efforts in regard to the technology. Randy Parker, MDLive CEO, said members of Verizon's Virtual Visits team have joined his organization, according to MedCity News. Leigh Ann Ruggles and Sheila McCormick are among those who have joined MDLive; Ruggles is executive vice president of business development and McCormick is chief marketing officer. Article

> When it comes to using the Internet to find healthcare information, seniors (those between the ages of 67 and 78) who already use the World Wide Web see it as their preferred source, according to a study by researchers at the University of Amsterdam and elsewhere published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. In addition, those who do use the Internet to find health information also are more likely to use other resources, as well, such as TVs, newspapers and magazines. Study

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> A new antibiotic may hold the key to combating drug-resistant infections, according to research published in Nature. Researchers at Northeastern University, led by Kim Lewis of the university's Antimicrobial Discovery Center, developed and tested Teixobactin, an antibiotic that, in lab trials, cured mice of a superbug form of Staphylococcus aureus. Article

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> Good news to kick off 2015: The uninsured rate dropped to 12.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to Gallup. The rate was 13.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014 and 17.1 percent one year ago. Article

And Finally... Guess that can be knocked off her Christmas list. Article