Payer spending $90K to promote HIE; Why health IT's past failures are a good thing;

> Utah-based Regence BlueCross BlueShield is spending $90,000 to promote the state's health information exchange effort--the Clinical Health Information Exchange (cHIE), the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The money is being allocated by the payer's charitable arm, The Regence Foundation. Article

> IRobot Corp., which makes the Roomba robot vacuum, will invest $6 million in InTouch Health, the company announced earlier this week. A post yesterday in MIT's Technology Review examines just how that investment could impact hospital workers. Post

> In a commentary written for Tech Crunch, Dave Chase, CEO of patient portal vendor Avado.com says he believes that up to this point, the establishment of IT in healthcare has been poor, at best. "It's telling that it took government money to incentivize healthcare providers to finally do what virtually every other industry has done--apply information technology to streamline processes," he writes. Still, he believes that that ultimately could be a good thing. Commentary

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