UnitedHealthcare to invest $20M for technology at rural California hospitals; HIMSS acquires CapSite;

> Insurer UnitedHealthcare announced this week that it will provide $20 million in technology investments to boost patient care at 11 rural California hospitals. Some of that money will go toward the the adoption of electronic health records. Announcement

> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched its Blue Button video contest this week as a way to raise consumer awareness of their right to online access of their health information, Government Health IT reports. Videos are required to run roughly two minutes, and are required to describe how a consumer either has used or would hypothetically use information gathered via the Blue Button. Article

> HIMSS acquired health IT vendor research firm CapSite this week, Health Data Management reports. The latter now will become part of HIMSS Analytics, which operates a data warehouse and provides analysis services. Post

And Finally… Yep, that sounds about right. Article

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