Universal American acquires APS Healthcare; Billians HealthDATA, HealthLink Dimensions join forces;

> An alliance between Billians HealthDATA and HealthLink Dimensions will boost Billians' marketing databse of business intelligence, according to a report from Health Data Management. HealthLink brings information on more than 335,000 physicians to the table, including email addresses and physician affiliations with more than 6,700 hospitals. Brief

> Universal American, which provides health benefits to people with Medicare, will acquire APS Healthcare for $227.5 million, according to Healthcare IT News. APS provides population health solutions for Medicaid programs, among other health plans. Article

> Among the best methods cited for bringing new healthcare products to market, according to several in attendance at the Global Leaders Healthcare Forum in San Francisco this week: technology. "Open digital platforms are disrupting traditional healthcare business models and making it possible to develop drugs and offer care in ways that were undreamed of even just five years ago," Ritesh Patel, digital global practice leader at the Chandler Chicco Companies, said. Patel spoke on a panel about use of social media platforms and other emerging technologies to overhaul clinical trial recruitment. Press release

> TriZetto, which just last week acquired Medical Data Express, today announced the acquisition of Kocis Consulting Group, which provides software training, compliance, and change management tools and solutions for payer organizations. Announcement

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